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Creating Interactive
Course Assignment Pages

The OSU Libraries ICAP Project

Coalition for Networked Information

Fall 2007 Task Force Meeting

Kim Griggs, Jane Nichols, Margaret Mellinger


Project Goals

Connect students with quality library information
and where

they need it for course assignments.

Enable librarians to employ
traditional library
resources with Web 2.0 features

in easily created
and maintained web pages.


Project Strategies

Determine the right approach

Course Management System, Content Management System,
Campus Portal, Broader library software environment, Custom

Get people with the right skill sets

Hired a programmer to develop the tool

Use an agile development cycle

Ruby on Rails provides a framework to quickly develop
prototypes and incorporate user feedback

Perform usability testing throughout the process

Include stakeholders early and often


Connecting Students to Libraries

To help students more easily access quality

library information, we developed the

Interactive Course Assignment Pages


ICAPs are dynamic web pages that integrate

Web 2.0 features, chat and RSS feeds, etc.

with traditional library content, such as

catalogs and article databases.

ICAP Example


Publishing System: For and By Librarians

Librarians have enough to do and maintaining

static HTML pages is tedious and time


OSU Libraries decided to develop the ICAP

Tool, which enables librarians to easily create,

manage, and publish ICAPs.

The ICAP tool provides libraries with a

system librarians can administer through

a web browser.

ICAP Tool Screenshot

Initial feedback, assessment and analysis


Forums, usability testing, meetings, use statistics


Surveys, emails, use statistics, chats and


Surveys, emails, conversations

Lessons Learned

The ICAP project

provided openings for

discussion with campus

about how the library

supports student learning.

Lessons learned

Learned a lot about the time and energy people need to spend to
adopt new software

Do the background research, but don’t get stuck there

Use case scenarios and requirements documents

Incorporating usability testing and training facilitated
communication and feedback

Built capacity, for the team and for the librarians.

Learned to work through inevitable difficulties in project

Future directions

Image credits

Ryan Sawhill. 3756


ARendle's photos. Secret garden gate open.

Valley Library (Oregon State University. A Jolly Librarian.