Bringing the Library to You: Integrating Library Resources into Online Classrooms

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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


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




Agenda


Why? (Sue Mee)


How? (Jon Jiras)


Demo (Sue Mee)


Technical Details (Jon Jiras)


Questions / Discussion




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





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


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


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



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




Three Different Views

1) Student

2) Faculty

3) Distance Learner



Similar to an OpenURL link server


Takes a URL parameter and returns related links


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


Customizing the Navigation Bar


Customizing the Navigation Bar


Customizing the Navigation Bar

http://ellie.rit.edu/D2L/course.cfm?

CourseNum=
{OrgUnitCode}
&Role=
{RoleID}


Course numbers at RIT

052210170.20051



05

is college


22

is program


101

is course number


70

is section


20051

is quarter


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




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



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>


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>



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>



Propagating the Link



Courseware administrator



Added to Default Navigation Bar



Made it appear across all existing shells



Occasional tweak



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


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



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



More information

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

Susan Mee

Distance and Online Learning Librarian
samwml@rit.edu

Jonathan Jiras

Library Technology Specialist
jjjwml@rit.edu