Online Northwest 2004 Conference


Session 1  

Open Source in Libraries: an Overview of Cool Tools

Denise Sharp, Emporia State University & Jamey Sharp, Portland State University

Open source software offers so many benefits to libraries. “Why?” you may ask. “What kinds of software are available for libraries and what are the economics of open source? Is it really free?” We ponder these philosophical questions in our presentation, along with demonstrating various open source programs developed specifically for libraries and talking about our experiences with some of them. Our particular focus is on the open source library system, Koha, along with other systems and tools.


Really Simple Syndication: Awareness in a Distibuted Learning Environment

Corey Davis, British Columbia Open University

The British Columbia Open University (BCOU) is a publicly funded degree-granting institution that provides 300+ online post-secondary courses. In order to help students, faculty and staff keep current in a wide range of disciplines, the BCOU Library has designed and delivered innovative current awareness services using RSS. The presentation will include a straightforward, applicable description of RSS as a current awareness tool, its potential in online course development, the attendant world of blogging and news syndication, where to find the feeds, and how to deliver them most effectively at a distance. BCOU Library current awareness services will be demonstrated.

The OCKHAM Project: Enabling the National Science Digital Library into Academic Libraries

Jeremy Frumkin, Grey Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, OSU

The National Science Foundation's National Science Digital Library (NSDL) program supports the creation of a national, distributed digital library focused on science and mathematics. The NSF-funded OCKHAM project is focused on allowing the traditional library community to access and use the resources of the NSDL. It does so by providing a framework for building NSDL-related services in a way that reduces the barriers of adoption and integration. An initial set of services is also being developed based on this framework.


Web-based library tutorials at the University of Arizona: uses and formats

Olivia Olivares, University of Arizona

Declining budgets, increased class size, and a hiring freeze have required librarians at the University of Arizona to seek creative new ways to meet the demand for library skills instruction. The UA Libraries' Social Science Team (SST) has turned to web-based tutorials to meet this demand. These tutorials, created in consultation with UA faculty, are tailored to specific disciplines and intended to instruct students in the use of subject-specific library resources. This presentation will demo a tutorial created for UA anthropology students, “Stalking the Wily Ethnography,” describe its creation and classroom use, and offer examples of additional tutorials created by UA SST librarians.
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