3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Introduction to Interface Agents
Shirley Lincicum, Western Oregon University
Interface agents are computer programs that employ
Artificial Intelligence techniques to provide active assistance to a
user with computer-based tasks (Maes, 1994). This session will introduce
software tools that can be used to build interface agents and explore
applications for interface agents within the library context.
Digital Media in Libraries and Archives
Kevin Comerford, Microsoft Corporation
This presentation will discuss the challenges and benefits
of digital audio, video, graphic, and animation content in the library
or archive setting. Special attention will be given to the unique storage
and publication requirements for media and how digital media collections
differ from the mainstream concept of primarily text-based "digital
Why is the sky blue? Implementing a collaborative
virtual reference desk project
Linda Fredricksen, Washington State University, Nicole Campbell,
Washington State University Vancouver, and Roxanne Dimyan, Clark College
This panel presentation discusses the planning, implementation
and evaluation of a virtual reference service in a grant-funded, collaborative
environment. Topics will include current issues in digital reference,
such as staffing, training, testing, marketing, access and assessment.
Using LSTA grant funds awarded by the Washington State Library, the
Washington State University Vancouver Library and Cannell Library at
Clark College opened a virtual reference desk in September, 2002. After
an initial testing period, librarians at both institutions developed
strategies to use the technology to teach, gather data and develop online
help tools. This presentation will focus on lessons learned from the
Raleigh Muns, University of Missouri-St. Louis Libraries
Since 1999, UM-St. Louis Librarians have been developing
use of several commercial databases and the local OPAC. A newly developed
facility entitled "Did they do it?" allows instructors to create and
administer personal accounts which access data on their students' completion
of each section of any tutorial. In effect, faculty can assign specific
library tutorials to their students, and determine "Did they do it?".
The "Did They Do It?" system was developed using four open source software
products: Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.
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