LibTechConf 2014: Lightning Talks

Lightning talks at LibTechConf 2014

Avoiding ʺAlma-geddonʺ: Strategies for Access Services

  • Chris Martin and
  • Megan Richardson, North Dakota State University Libraries

Course reserves

  • Millenium allowed link to reserve material
  • Potential problems: Alma would print everything, not sure if could link resolve e-reserve materials, duplicate course reserve records from data test load
  • had to shift how to think about it
  • deleted existing records, backed up data in another database
  • success: e-reserves server separate from Alama, just provided link when entering course records, started with clean data

Booking Study Rooms

  • Millenium was confusing and ugly
  • potential problems: launched later than expected, patrons have to choose specific room before booking time, needed improvement
  • solution: OpenRoom = open source booking system developed by Ball State University Libraries
  • patrons toggle between basic and expanded
  • my reservations section

eKids: Birth to Tech @ HCL

Hilary Murphy, Amy Luedtke and Jane Boss, Hennepin County Library

  • way to connect children to technology and involve parents, getting them to sit with kids
  • hands-on, engaging, empowering
  • iPads in storytime: app advisory (guide caregivers, early literacy), 1/5 had tried sparingly, provide extras e.g. sounds
  • early literacy with iPad: presentations for caregivers, point of service app advisory

Flex Those Pipes: Create a Current Awareness Service Using Yahoo! Pipes and LibGuides

Elizabeth Kiscaden, Waldorf College

  • need current awareness service, because unaware of e-journals and unfamiliar with tools design to keep current
  • wanted to solve these problems
  • used aggregate feeds
  • feedstitch, feed blendr, feedbite, yahoo pipe, etc.
  • yahoo pipes features: sorting by date and others, regex, filter content by keywords
  • what do I do with this? but most faculty are unfamiliar with RSS feeds
  • use LibGuides as feed reader with proxy link added
  • things to look at: customization, increased awareness of e-journals?

How discovery tools changed instruction and reference

Jennifer Nelson, and Gretel Stock-Kupperman, Viterbo University

  • migrated within 10 months
  • a lot of things had to be manually entered
  • rolled out features incrementally
  • users went from access to large set of results
  • figured out that students don’t know the different between book, article, journal, database
  • finding out that students wanted to stick to one box search
  • lower level: focus on search strategies
  • upper level: resource choices
  • renewed evaluation on source identification
  • faculty: made assignments too easy, assumed information scarcity
  • however, really liked what it did for them
  • moving from finding culture to evaluation culture

If It’s Canceled, Do They Find It? Library Users’ Responses to Canceled Interlibrary Loan Requests

Nancy Marshall and Mary Kraljic, South Dakota State University

  • annually: 9k ILL requests, 2k cancelled
  • frequently requesting low quality resources
  • started notifying librarian of students that did that
  • identified users, phone interview (3-5 questions: revolving around ‘get it after cancelled?’), follow-up survey
  • reason for cancellation: 34% available in print, 23.8% cost, exhausted all sources 11.6%
  • preliminary data gather: 55 patrons, 86 requests analyzed
  • library owns: 45% obtained, 45% no, 10% unsure
  • doesn’t own: 27% used other sources, 4% purchased, 69% did nothing
  • 9% obtained help from librarian
  • use of print collection: expand document delivery (only faculty right now), shelving redesign
  • consider charges, library instruction

Next Gen Information Literacy Tutorials: Guide on the Side

Susan Schuyler, Jen Holman, and Kate Russell, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

  • 55 sections to English first level
  • software: Guide on the Side
  • showed demo of tutorials and admin side
  • easy to edit
  • pre/post test results: 65% vs. 73%
  • very positive student feedback

Why Openness Matters: Creating slides and notes using non-proprietary software

John Fink, McMaster University

  • Slides
  • “We’re library people” who talk about openness, sharing, but we’re still passing around Word docs
  • nothing is easier than ASCII
  • easy, portable, outlast us
  • HTML is okay, but hard to write and read
  • use markdown!
  • Use
  • works with everything

Author: Cynthia

Technologist, Librarian, Metadata and Technical Services expert, Educator, Mentor, Web Developer, UXer, Accessibility Advocate, Documentarian

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