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Bringing the Library to You:  Integrating Library Resources into Online Classrooms

ACRL/CNI/EDUCAUSE Joint Virtual Conference - Innovate and Motivate: Next Generation Libraries

April 20, 2006

Susan Mee and Jonathan Jiras

Rochester Institute of Technology


Big Picture

  • Integration of library resources and course reserves into campus courseware

  • Design and implementation of a modular, web-based, linking application

  • Customization of library resources to college, program, and course levels


Agenda

  • Why? (Sue Mee)

  • How? (Jon Jiras)

  • Demo (Sue Mee)

  • Technical Details (Jon Jiras)

  • Questions / Discussion


Historical Perspective

Courseware Progression:

FirstClass  Blackboard  Prometheus  Desire2Learn

Distance Learning Courses  Campus, Distance, Blended

Pilot Project  Every Course with Course Shell

History of Strong Library Involvement:

Evaluation  Vendor Training  Implementation  Faculty Workshops


The Challenges

  • Duplicate Prometheus Features:

    • Separate Reserve Module – integration of electronic reserve material into course outline or syllabus by Library staff

    • Online request form for faculty to request electronic reserves

    • Administrative access available for Library

    • Generic library information in every course shell

  • Meet Faculty Expectations for Integration

  • Short Implementation Timeframe


The Simple Solution

  • Modular, web-based application

  • All the features of Prometheus and more

  • Integration of all reserves and customized Library resources

  • Link is available by default in every course and from every screen

  • myLibrary link branded for RIT’s myCourses


myLibrary Link – Added Benefits

  • Sits completely outside of D2L

  • Links to existing systems – pages on web server and the ILS reserve module

  • Does not require library staff to edit course shells or duplicate processing

  • Decreases reserve processing by at least 25%

  • Encourages librarians to participate in the success of D2L

  • Customizes the library experience for users

  • Makes the library and library resources important D2L assets

  • Easy migration from quarter to quarter


Three types of content

  • 1) Course specific

    • reserve material

  • 2) College or Program specific

    • contact info, database lists, subject guides, website lists

  • 3) Neither (common to all courses, colleges, and programs)

  • - research tools, library account, books tab


Three Different Views

  • 1) Student

  • 2) Faculty

  • 3) Distance Learner


Similar to an OpenURL link server

Takes a URL parameter and returns related links


Software

ColdFusion and Windows Internet Information Server

Can also be done in PHP, ASP, or other middleware

Not a database driven application

All logic resides in ColdFusion pages

Very simple application

Took 70 hours of programming

3 or 4 meetings with Sue


Customizing the Navigation Bar


Customizing the Navigation Bar


Customizing the Navigation Bar

http://ellie.rit.edu/D2L/course.cfm?CourseNum={OrgUnitCode}&Role={RoleID}


Course numbers at RIT

052210170.20051

05 is college

22 is program

101 is course number

70 is section

20051 is quarter


Course specific (reserves)

  • Uses ODBC connection to the ILS (Millennium III)

    • RIT is an III Oracle site

    • SQL script pulls reserve items

    • ColdFusion page generates links to catalog


College/Program Specific(contact info, find articles, subject guides, select websites)

HTML fragment files (find articles tab example)

databases_01.htm 01 – College of Business

databases_06.htm 06 – College of Applied Science and Tech.

databases_0607.htm 0607 – Packaging Sciences

databases_0619.htm  0619 – Hospitality Service

databases_0627.htm  0627 – Instructional Technology

databases_0635.htm 0635 – Health Systems Administration

databases_0640.htm  0640 – Reserve Officer Training


College/Program Specific(contact info, find articles, subject guides, select websites)

Logic (find articles tab example)

<cfelseif college is "06">

<!--- examine programs to find databases --->

<cfswitch expression = #program#>

<cfcase value = '27'>

<cfinclude template = "databases_0627.htm">

</cfcase>

<cfcase value = '35'>

<cfinclude template = "databases_0635.htm">

</cfcase>


College/Program Specific(contact info, find articles, subject guides, select websites)

Fragment file example

<!-- content from databases 03 -->

<tr><td>

<a href="http://library.rit.edu/electronic/topic/engineering.html">

Engineering Databases</a>

</td></tr>

<tr><td>

<a href="http://library.rit.edu/electronic/topic/patents.html">

Patent Databases</a></td></tr>

</td></tr>


College/Program Specific(contact info, find articles, subject guides, select websites)

Fragment file example

<!-- content from databases 03 -->

<tr><td>

<a href="http://library.rit.edu/electronic/topic/engineering.html">

Engineering Databases</a>

</td></tr>

<tr><td>

<a href="http://library.rit.edu/electronic/topic/patents.html">

Patent Databases</a></td></tr>

</td></tr>


Propagating the Link

  • Courseware administrator

    • Added to Default Navigation Bar

    • Made it appear across all existing shells

    • Occasional tweak


Maintenance

Links are to web pages that list resources by discipline – not to the resources themselves

Bibliographers update web pages (as they always have)

Minor tweaks/troubleshooting


Statistics

  • General D2L stats

    • Spring 2005 -- (15 pilot courses)

    • Summer 2005 -- (light load)

    • Fall 2005 -- (3,422 courses)

  • myLibrary link stats

    • Over five month period from October through February application was accessed 5,127 times


Future Development

Bibliographers develop new web pages to support more programs

May develop this into a database driven application

Integrate with additional courseware packages

ERM implementation

Content Management System


More information

http://library.rit.edu/desire2learn/

Susan MeeDistance and Online Learning Librarian samwml@rit.edu

Jonathan JirasLibrary Technology Specialist jjjwml@rit.edu


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