Course Assignment Pages
The OSU Libraries ICAP Project
Coalition for Networked Information
Fall 2007 Task Force Meeting
Kim Griggs, Jane Nichols, Margaret Mellinger
Connect students with quality library information
they need it for course assignments.
Enable librarians to employ
resources with Web 2.0 features
in easily created
and maintained web pages.
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.
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
The ICAP project
provided openings for
discussion with campus
about how the library
supports student learning.
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
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ARendle's photos. Secret garden gate open.
Valley Library (Oregon State University. A Jolly Librarian.