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20070319-03 CIC Conference: Integrating Library Resources panel

Diane Dallas - Indiana University Libraries

use Sakaibrary tool
formalized making pages for classes in course management software - "oncourse"
make these pages based on unique course ID; instructors can request these pages or librarian can make them

- took this approach because it is easy and fast
- highly relevant
- integration of library resources into the course management software
- subject/discipline specific instruction
- multiple access points
- high impact for relatively low effort

worked at IU because:
- seamless integration with little work required on the part of the faculty
- created within the library web environment
- contextual instruction is viewed as a value-added feature

demonstrate the value of libraries in these environments

problem right now is that students and faculty cannot modify or add to these pages

Susan Hollar - Michigan

also implemented Sakai, but call it "ctools"
- sending their library reserves into ctools via an RSS feed
- developing a module to add their virtual reference tool into the software so that instructors can just turn on that functionality
- have created a new "role" within the software for "Librarian" so that the instructor can add their subject librarian to their course to give them access to relevant modules (not grading)

working with Indiana on a Mellon Grant 1/06-6/07 to integrate licensed library content into the software

citation list tool
goes to SFX resolver
still dealing with openurl and broadcast search problems

did some usability testing to learn about the value of this effort:
- faculty: easy way for students to create and share citation lists within Sakai
- faculty: "do it yourself" e-reserves
- students see it as helpful in writing research papers
- librarians: prefer native search interfaces and valuing the investments made in library websites

Next Steps:
- citation list in next version (Sakai 2.4)
- identify ways to break down access barriers further
- free the citation
- subject research guidance, next level
- leverages citation list functionality
- provide students resources beyond pathfinders
- save canned and constrained searches, embed RSS, audio, annotations
- information about Librarian and a method for identifying librarian and contacting them

actually funding a Sakai developer

recommendations:
- talk to your CMS developers
- work with vendors
- strive to understand work cultures
- take the long view, but take baby steps
- get the right people involved
- take risks

John Butler - University of Minnesota

have done many in-depth assessments during the last few years
portal aggregation for undergraduates
forced them to think about which services and resources they would privilege for this audience
- moving from a paradigm of inclusion (everything we could ever provide to them) to one of exclusion (what *should* we provide to them)
- blogging, metasearch, etc.

scaled development:
- personal information management (PIM) tool deployment
- enterprise-level portal; my Campus Portal

personalizable at the demographic level
customizable at the user level

has 140,000 registered users with:
- more than 47,000 unique logins monthly
- 34,000 unique logins weekly
- 9,600 unique logins daily
includes incoming freshmen and alumni

"in the flow" opportunities
myLibrary tab = myLibrary on my
http://www.myu.umn.edu/
showed different views

affinity strings - tc.grad.gs.anth.phd
suggests things we can do at the social networking level
brings up questions about how they create prefabricated views
- librarian/subject liaisons pushing content based on "what's best" principles
- content pushed on basis on an affinity population's use behavior in the overall library web environment
- users' explicit content choices (for individual portal views) are aggregated and reflected back to the user community
- hybrids of the above

want to balance the push and the pull
want to feed back group-assembled views based on aggregation of different levels

in heart of phase one of building the prefabricated views
phase two - end user gets some control over the space
phase three - building community views

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

going to talk about an environment that isn't ours at all - Second Life
what does it mean to participate in but not own this environment

immersive environment:
- a simulated/created environment (real life is immersive)
- interact with these worlds/environments through devices
- avatar as representation of individual
- controlled (game) or free-form (world or reality) - two types

not many of us in the room are our avatar every day (based on a poll)
noted the Virtual Worlds 2007 conference at the end of this month

metaverse is another phrase for a virtual world
quote from conference that they see many metaverses in the future

noted There.com but focusing on Second Life

a lot of identity management going on


University of Illinois' mWorlds: Games, Cyber-Physical Systems, Synthetic Worlds
- mWorlds are synthetic worlds
- I missed a few of the points
- now a class on building metaverse spaces

showed video of Second Life Library
a library gardens group is doing the landscaping on InfoIsland
"getting yourself dislodged from concrete is occasionally a problem"

UIUC GSLIS Change Management Course met in SL - had to meet at the Kansas State Library building because there was no UIUC library where they could meet
Lisa is excited to figure out SL and library services *before* there are 50,000 users
UIUC also has a class called "Teaching and Learning in a Virtual World"

the Library is trying to figure out what they are doing
want to take the lead; they don't care about Second Life per se, but rather about the opportunity to see what an immersive environment is like and what they can do there
will take lessons they learn and move on to other worlds if SL isn't where everything goes in the future

7 Levels of Change book by Rolf Smith
1. Effectiveness: doing the right things
2. Efficiency: doing right things right
3. Improving: doing the right things better
4. Cutting: doing away with things
5. Copying: doing things other people are doing
6. Different: doing thing no one else is doing
7. Impossible: doing things that can't be done
she would add #8: doing things people tell you you shouldn't be doing

strategies for immersion:
- environmental scan, which meant just getting avatars and playing together in the computer lab
- engage
- explore
- experiment
- envision: set aside some money to hire a graduate assistant to try things out
- establish

Questions

- sees SL as like the early web where usability is horrible and not really utilizing the opportunities presented to us
- Lisa: SL is great for bringing together librarians in-world from around the world to discuss this very thing; meeting in the next couple of weeks; looking at an exhibition for a cooking collection in-world & build a virtual kitchen for it in a way you can't in real life

- her campus is looking at the role of the librarian in the CMS, too and only being allowed to go into certain areas, especially if they are also teaching in the system
- Susan: instructor can override defaults to give librarians access to grading or administration if necessary; when they teach full classes, they are the "instructor" and have the full role

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