Sorry - I just realized I never changed the status on this post from "draft" to "published," which is why it's showing up late.
Ellysa Stern Cahoy, Penn State
showed a video called "finding time" that showed someone trying to find stuff on their website
"I wish that I had known that the solution for needing to teach our users how to search our catalog was to create a system that didn't need to be taught." - Roy Tennant
there are too many dead ends and too many clicks in our universe that students have to navigate - this is not why I became a librarian
I don't ever want to say "click here. now click here. now click here" ever again
"Google recognizes that it is an application and immediately provides you with the user interface while libraries are still stuck in the mind set of web 'pages.' " - Bill Moody on Web4Lib
the next step after putting a search box for your catalog on your home page
showed the first web page she created as a children's librarian - the jellybeans danced! it's link-based, text-based, one link to another; that's what the web was ten years ago
now students want to determine their own paths & we have to think how to present information to them
Ross Singer's exchange - "This is *the* search form."
noted some statistics from the OCLC Perceptions report
Educause recommendations for library web pages:
some existing websites that personify good instructional design
"Librarians need to use their expertise to make the library's online presence approach the simplicity and power of the Internet." - Stanley Wilder
we need to design simple interfaces in order to help people
How do we get there?
put her presentation on SlideShare :-)
Cody Hanson, Minnesota
"A lesson from Web 2.0 for academic libraries"
his lack of experience is a "feature"
can use the web to add value to the information we provide patrons online
showed eboy poster of web 2.0 landscape (Jenny: I still want this!)
showed digg and described how it works
it's important for us to realize that there are people out there that value vetted information, including from a community, as opposed to a faceless algorithm like Google News
at digg, though, the information is publicly vetted by people
we do a great job at recommending within the building, but it's only implied online; little evidence of human intervention in what we offer online
online identity is a big part of our patrons' lives and we need to take that to heart
we will add value to the information we provide patrons online
we will better communicate the value of our service by being public about it
Emily Barton, Michigan State
nature of the academic environment is changing
the work they are doing is more collaborative (more peer-learning curricula)
showed Unshelved's "One person one computer" comic strip
we need to develop unified delivery services in the places that they need them now
encourage librarians to play
need to assess and evaluate what we're doing
1955 book quote about academic libraries
keep an open mind and keep up with your users
- do you think the gaming trend will be relevant to graduate students and faculty, not just undergrads?
- can you comment on the management structures of your libraries in terms of your sense of empowerment and opportunities to educate your colleagues and administrators
- how would you recommend we market what we do?
- do physical additions like commons, cafes, etc. help libraries?
- what do you see as legacy services and functions that seem ripe for retirement? what can we let go of?
- isn't there something to changing the vocabulary used about academic libraries? undergrads don't know what a bibliography is; the expertise - if you can explain it - has value
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