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Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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

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


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

Agenda

  • Why? (Sue Mee)

  • How? (Jon Jiras)

  • Demo (Sue Mee)

  • Technical Details (Jon Jiras)

  • Questions / Discussion


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

Three Different Views

  • 1) Student

  • 2) Faculty

  • 3) Distance Learner


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

Similar to an OpenURL link server

Takes a URL parameter and returns related links


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

Customizing the Navigation Bar


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

Customizing the Navigation Bar


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

Customizing the Navigation Bar

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


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

Course numbers at RIT

052210170.20051

05 is college

22 is program

101 is course number

70 is section

20051 is quarter


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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>


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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>


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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>


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

Propagating the Link

  • Courseware administrator

    • Added to Default Navigation Bar

    • Made it appear across all existing shells

    • Occasional tweak


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

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


Bringing the library to you integrating library resources into online classrooms

More information

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

Susan MeeDistance and Online Learning Librarian [email protected]

Jonathan JirasLibrary Technology Specialist [email protected]


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