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Online Tutorials for Information Services: A Case Study of IIITM-K. Sainul Abideen P,Sreekutty TS, Yunus TP Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management-Kerala [IIITM-K) Thiruvananthapuram www.iiitmk.ac.in. Objectives.

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online tutorials for information services a case study of iiitm k

Online Tutorials for Information Services: A Case Study of IIITM-K

Sainul Abideen P,Sreekutty TS, Yunus TP

Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management-Kerala [IIITM-K)

Thiruvananthapuram

www.iiitmk.ac.in

objectives
Objectives
  • To Share the experience of IIITM-K Library in using Online tutorials
  • To Demonstrate use of Online Tutorials as a tool for Information Services
  • To Provide Awareness on ‘Wink’ - Free Software

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web based information services
Digital Libraries

E-journals Databases

WebOPAC

Bibliographic Databases

Information Portals

Library Blogs

Institutional Repositories

Wikis

Automation Software etc

With varying

User Interfaces,

Search Strategy etc

Web Based Information Services

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traditional approach to solve such situation
Traditional Approach to Solve such Situation
  • User Training
  • Library Brochure
  • User Manuals
  • Problems
    • Need Constant interaction with users
    • Shortage of Manpower
    • Require time and efforts
    • Need Internet Access- for Live Demos

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new approach to solve such situation
New Approach to Solve such Situation
  • Online Tutorials
    • Tutorials in electronic Format
    • It may be
        • a screen capture tutorial
        • a written document (online or downloadable),
        • an audio file, etc.

Tutorials are generally step by step instructions on how to do something.

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applications of online tutorials in libraries
Applications of Online Tutorials in Libraries
  • User Education
  • Staff Training
  • Library Publicity
  • Library Demonstration
  • Marketing of the Information Products
  • Demonstration of Library Websites
  • Knowledge Management in Libraries

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screen capturing tutorial
Screen Capturing tutorial
  • Tutorials created using screenshots which are captured automatically or manually are called screen-capturing tutorials.
  • Contains facility for providing additional callouts, explanations, buttons, audio etc

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wink screen capture software
Wink: Screen Capture Software
  • It is a freely downloadable tutorial and presentation creation software.
  • Using Wink one can capture screenshots, curser movement, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial.

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features of wink
Freeware

Cross-Platform

Audio

Input Formats

Output Formats

Multilingual Support

User Forum

Features of Wink

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advantages for libraries
Advantages for Libraries
  • Cost effective
  • Different output formats like PDF, HTML, etc.
  • Save the time of Library staff
  • Saves time of library users
  • Increases the use of e-resources
  • Works in Offline mode –no need of internet
  • Local Language Facility

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iiitm k digital library services
IIITM-KDigital Library Services
  • \'Mu-Dil\' Multimedia Digital Library
  • E-resources Digital Library
  • Free/Open Source Software Library
  • E-journals Gateway system
  • Web OPAC of Books, CD ROM, Standards etc
  • \'E-Patrika’ Newspaper Portal
  • Library Blog
  • ‘ChemistryInfo’: Information Aggregation Portal
  • Organises Hands on Training for Librarians
  • Digital Library Internship Programme

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applications of online tutorials in iiitm k library
Applications of Online Tutorials in IIITM-K Library
  • User Training: Created online tutorials for WebOPAC,MuDil, Software Library, etc.
  • Internal Staff Training: Tutorials for software such as GenIsisWeb, WinISIS, ABCD, Apache, Wink 2.0, etc.
  • Library Publicity: Provided the details of services in website without giving access to services
  • Professional Training: Use tutorials as additional course materials in hands on workshops

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applications of online tutorials in iiitm k library continued 2
Applications of Online Tutorials in IIITM-K Library (continued 2)
  • Local Language Initiatives: Developed tutorials for the creation of the E-Mail address, Blog Account, etc in Malayalam.
  • Developed a tutorial package called “Interactive Online Tutorial on Building Digital Library using WinIsis and GenIsisWeb”.
  • Developing a Tutorial on ABCD Integrated Library Automation Software (Open Source s/w)

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initiatives in training on online tutorials
Initiatives in Training on Online Tutorials
  • Organized a “National Workshop on Developing Online Tutorials for Information Products and Services” during 29-30 November 2008
  • Tutorials on Demand: IIITM-K library is also involved in building tutorials for other libraries or organizations on demand.

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examples of wink based tutorials
Examples of Wink based Tutorials

Visit

http://www.iiitmk.ac.in/wink/

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conclusions
Conclusions
  • Online Tutorials are highly effective tools for preparing various self learning materials and for advertising and explaining the use of new software
  • Online Tutorial is a promising tool for Libraries.
  • Library community need much more awareness on Wink.

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