Angela Hamilton, U of T Scarborough, spoke about technologies that she has used particularly at a campus where many are commuter or distance education students.
Libguides: Customized tools
- branding yourself for students to recognize you as their librarian: picture, meebo, contact info
- info on what is an article, database, annotated bibliography, etc.
- custom course guide
- use the tools available to you
- helps to build relationship with users
Online Meeting Software
- e.g. Adobe Connect
- for more advanced reference questions
- share screen – the “show-er” needs to install a plugin, but viewer doesn’t need to
- one-to-one, but also for teaching sessions
- check vendors for already made videos e.g. ISI for Web of Science
- Jing (sp?) – free 5 min videos
- answer longer questions
- can also do it at the reference desk and e-mail it to them
- esp useful for non-techsavvy and ESL students to review later
- can also work for one-on-one session if have software for longer videos
I think some of the ideas presented here are great ways to give students further reference on how to do their research, especially on-the-spot screencasts for customized tutorials for them to review later.