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Research guides presentation: recommended reading

This is a bibliography of recommended readings for the presentation on research guides I'm giving today, "Modern Pathfinders," for the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council. It's part of their Technologies & Trends webinar series. Thank you to SENYLRC for inviting me to speak!


Ahmed, N. (2013). Design: Why it is important and how to get it right. In A. W. Dobbs, R. Sittler, D. Cook, & Library and Information Technology Association (U.S.) (Eds.), Using LibGuides to Enhance Library Services: A LITA Guide (pp. 103–119).

Bielat, V., Befus, R., & Arnold, J. (2013). Integrating LibGuides into the teaching-learning process. In A. W. Dobbs, R. Sittler, D. Cook, & Library and Information Technology Association (U.S.) (Eds.), Using LibGuides to Enhance Library Services: A LITA Guide (pp. 121–142).

Dewald, N. H. (1999). Transporting good library instruction practices into the web environment: An analysis of online tutorials. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 25(1), 26–31. doi:10.1016/S0099-1333(99)80172-4

Hintz, K., Farrar, P., Eshghi, S., Sobol, B., Naslund, J.-A., Lee, T., … McCauley, A. (2010). Letting Students Take the Lead: A User-Centred Approach to Evaluating Subject Guides. Evidence Based Library & Information Practice, 5(4), 39–52.

Little, J. J. (2010). Cognitive load theory and library research guides. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 15(1), 53–63.

Reeb, B., & Gibbons, S. (2004). Students, librarians, and subject guides: Improving a poor rate of return. Portal : Libraries and the Academy, 4(1), 123–130.

Schmidt, A., & Etches, A. (2012). User experience (UX) design for libraries. Chicago: ALA TechSource, an imprint of the American Library Association.

Setting learning objectives — Faculty Development. (n.d.). Retrieved June 27, 2012, from http://www.faculty.londondeanery.ac.uk/e-learning/setting-learning-objectives

Staley, S. M. (2007). Academic Subject Guides: A Case Study of Use at San José State University. College & Research Libraries, 68(2), 119–139.

University of New Mexico School of Medicine. (2005). Effective use of performance objectives for learning and assessment. Retrieved February 11, 2013, from http://ccoe.umdnj.edu/forms/EffectiveUseofLearningObjectives.pdf


“LibGuides: Working inside the box” presentation

My former GSU colleague Casey Long and I recently gave a presentation called "LibGuides: Working Inside the Box" at the Georgia COMO library conference.

We talked about best practices for design, content, and structuring LibGuides or other online research guides. We got a good reception and had lots of excellent questions and discussion as part of the session.

Casey had the great idea to make a LibGuide to accompany the presentation itself, with links, resources and references, and a copy of our slides. I'm pleased to say that Springshare is going to add it to their Best of LibGuides site.


LibGuides book: call for chapters

My friend Aaron Dobbs is co-editing an upcoming book about LibGuides from LITA and Neal-Schuman. If you're interested in submitting a chapter, take a look at their call for chapter authors and send co-editor Doug Cook your proposal!

I'd be all over this if I weren't knee-deep in extracurricular activities this spring. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product.


LibGuides presentation

Earlier this week I gave an online presentation about LibGuides for the GALILEO initiative here in Georgia. Once again they were good enough to archive it. It's partly how-to/demo and partly suggested best practices and examples.

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LibGuides presentation for GALILEO, August 4 2010


Creative Commons instructional materials at GSU

screenshot-21-georgia-state-university-libguides-zotero-home-research_library_gsu_edu_zoteroI just got the go-ahead to license our online instructional materials -- tutorials, future planned podcast, etc. -- with Creative Commons licenses to encourage other libraries to use and build on them.

I made the inquiry since I'm planning on starting another instructional podcast for students before spring semester is out (knock on wood) and I wanted to CC license that.  I am so impressed: I asked my boss, who asked her boss, who had a thumbs-up from GSU's legal department within a few hours.  At no point in the chain did anyone ask "Creative what?", which I take as a good sign for the Creative Commons project.

So this morning I went through all of my Libguides and added CC licenses.  It was possibly the geekiest thing I've ever been excited about.


Libguides adds image uploading

In a stroke of excellent timing (as I'm beginning to put together training materials), Springshare has added a beta image upload feature to Libguides.

Users can upload images (in any web-recognizable format, i.e. gif, jpg, png) from their computer into the LibGuides boxes via the Rich Text Editor, and the images will be stored on LibGuides servers.

I really love using Libguides, but the lack of integrated image uploading has been the one inconvenient feature for most of the librarians I've worked with.  At my previous library we had to find awkward workarounds like creating unpublished web pages containing their images since there wasn't easy ftp access to the web server for most people.  This is going to be a welcome addition to an excellent product.

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My guide to Libguides makes it big(wig)

Cindi Trainor included my "How to make a Libguide" page on her Librarian's Guide to LibGuides in the BIGWIG Social Software Showcase.  Thanks, Cindi!


Free Audiobooks Guide

I've been meaning to post this for a while, but have obviously had a busy summer so far.  I did eventually get around to creating that guide to free audiobooks that I have been meaning to do for a while:

Audiobooks Guide

Short version: students leaving for break always want audiobooks, we don't have many.  I listen to a lot of audio fiction, hence the idea.  If you have suggestions for additions, please post 'em.

This is also a link to our new Libguides setup, which won't officially debut until August.  So far I love Libguides, and I'll blog about it soon.  (After I finish getting ready to train our staff on it.)