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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.

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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
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
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Agenda
  • Why? (Sue Mee)
  • How? (Jon Jiras)
  • Demo (Sue Mee)
  • Technical Details (Jon Jiras)
  • Questions / Discussion
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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Three Different Views
  • 1) Student
  • 2) Faculty
  • 3) Distance Learner
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Similar to an OpenURL link server

Takes a URL parameter and returns related links

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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

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Customizing the Navigation Bar

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

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Course numbers at RIT

052210170.20051

05 is college

22 is program

101 is course number

70 is section

20051 is quarter

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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
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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

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

Logic (find articles tab example)

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Propagating the Link
  • Courseware administrator
    • Added to Default Navigation Bar
    • Made it appear across all existing shells
    • Occasional tweak
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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

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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
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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

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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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