Online Northwest 2007



The Social Library: Becoming Library 2.0 (PowerPoint)
Keynote on Google Video
Stephen Abram, SirsiDynix Institute

Session One

Skill Set for the Librarian of 2010:
Panel to follow up on Keynote

Stephen Abram, SyrsiDynix
Rachel Bridgewater, Washington State University, Vancouver
Donna Reed, Multnomah County Library
Terry Reese, Oregon State University

Join our diverse panel of experts for a lively discussion of the skills librarians will need in the not-so-distant future.

Electronic Presence and Outreach:
Beyond Your Library's Web Site

Michael Porter, WebJunction/OCLC Western

Terms like social software, electronic community and “Library 2.0” get used a lot these days in the library world, but how can you take these ideas and turn them into practical services for your patrons?  This session will explore how all types of libraries are extending the reach into their communities and offering services that make them more visible, available, flexible, practical and successful.  Some of the concepts, tools and library examples discussed here include: “the next generation virtual branch”, IM, MySpace, FaceBook, Squidoo,, The “Second Life Library 2.0” and the growing importance of both Open WorldCat and RSS aggregation.

Integrating Metasearch into Your Library:
Social, Technical, and Practical Obstacles

Erica Carlson, Washington State University
Alex Merrill, Washington State University

This session will discuss the process of customizing and integrating a metasearch tool within a library system, noting challenges and possible considerations for other libraries thinking of or involved in providing metasearch tools for their patrons.  Presenters draw on their experiences activating MetaLib, the metasearching tool offered by Ex Libris, at Washington State University.  Before going “live,” WSU Libraries underwent a process of preparing MetaLib for general consumption that included not only interface usability testing but also faculty “buy-in” sessions intended to tune the software to more closely fit the needs and goals of the institution.

Creating Online Library Tutorials with Macromedia Captivate:
Process and Product
Handout (MS Word)
Karen Munro, University of California, Berkeley

This presentation is aimed at academic librarians charged with creating online tutorials for library products and services. Combining an overview of instructional design literature with lessons learned from creating proof-of-concept online tutorials at UC Berkeley, it will suggest good practices for building modular, interactive online tutorials using Macromedia Captivate.  It will also address means of creating a sustainable authoring process that can be adopted within a library or library system, to reduce duplication of effort. Audience members will both gain both practical advice in tutorial creation and a grounding in principles of online and blended learning.

Session Two

Observing Student Researchers in their Native Habitat (PowerPoint)
John Law, ProQuest
Joanna Markel, ProQuest
Serena Rosenhan, ProQuest

Understanding how students in real world situations go about conducting research is essential to ensuring that library resources are best positioned to meet their needs. This presentation will reveal key findings of an ethnographic study observing students in the context of performing research for actual course assignments.  The presentation will include a review of study methods and key findings, including select audio and video clips.

Next Generation Catalog
Andrea Peterson, Western Washington University

Library catalogs have traditionally been search tools for finding materials housed within our libraries. This is changing.  The next generation catalog is being developed as a tool of discovery and exploration.  This presentation will explore some of the influential technologies and websites behind this change and will review some of the different catalog prototypes currently in development.  For more information about this presentation, see

Plinkit: A Statewide Web-hosting Solution for Public Libraries (using open source software)
Darci Hanning, Oregon State Library

Plinkit (Public Library INTerface KIT) is a web-hosting solution for public libraries managed by the state library. Built on top of Plone, an open source content management system, Plinkit provides both content and functionality that are exciting and useful to patrons and library staff alike. This session will provide an overview of the Plinkit project, cover Plinkit features in detail, and discuss briefly the broader topic of open source software in library environments.The intended audience for this presentation is library staff and technologists who are interested in learning about using open source software (and specifically content management) in a library environment.

Being Where Our Users Are:
Creating Plug-ins, Buttons, and Gadgets
Handout (PDF)
Rich Edwards, Washington State Library

In the September 2006 issue of _American Libraries_, Joe Janes wrote about web browser search box plug-ins saying "That little box is the 21st-century equivalent of the book-mobile or the outreach program--a way for libraries to be where their users are." His recommendation? "If your library doesn't have one yet, find the person on your staff who can build it, and then publicize the heck out of it. This presentation will demonstrate what these "little boxes" are, what they do, how to design one to add your library catalog to Google's Toolbar, Personalized Home Pages and Mozilla Firefox, and how to market it.

Session Three

Consider Your Users:
How Helpful is Your Interface?

Donna Reed, Multnomah County Library
Paul Irving, Insite Web Publishing

Libraries often face challenges to website interface design because of staff and resource constraints, and requirements imposed by a larger governmental or academic organization.  Join us for a discussion about how Multnomah County Library evaluated its web services and created a design that integrated its catalog with its website.  This presentation will cover usability/accessibility issues, web standards, design basics, writing for the web and graceful integration with a larger organization.  We will also discuss the challenges of working within an institutional framework or content management system.

Challenge Your Dark Side:
Teaching Google Books and Google Scholar

Dale Vidmar, Southern Oregon University

When Google first entered into an agreement with the University of Michigan to begin a digitization project, many librarians and academic scholars believed they had sited the Death Star. Today, the partnership has grown to include several other academic and public libraries, and Google Print has evolved into Google Books. As the project continues its assault on the universe, how can librarians take advantage of this seeming adversary. This presentation will challenge attendees to venture into their dark side and teach Google Books and Google Scholar to both students and faculty, so they learn from professionals rather than neophytes.

Digital Archiving on a Shoestring:
The Development of the Oregon Documents Repository

Arlene Weible, Oregon State Library
Kyle Banerjee, Oregon State Library

Many libraries have devoted considerable resources to the development of digital archive projects. There are many issues to consider, and the planning activities involved may result in significant time passing before a single document is archived. The Oregon Documents Repository, an archive of electronic state government publications, was established by a statute that did not bring any additional funding to the Oregon State Library and required a short timeline for implementation. The presenters will describe the decision making process used to quickly establish selection criteria, reformatting procedures, access strategies, and other key functions. Future development plans will also be addressed. 

Finding Common Ground on the Read/Write Web:
Developing Your Expertise to Make Friends and Influence Learning on Your Campus
Anne-Marie Deitering, Oregon State University

Keeping up with the rapidly changing web takes time.  This time is well spent when it translates into new partnerships on your campus or in your community. Lots of people who work with teens know that they love MySpace, but they don’t know that the social and collaborative tools of Web 2.0 can also help students learn. This session will present a framework for explaining the Read/Write Web to a variety of audiences, demonstrate tools for staying current, and show a variety of Web 2.0 learning tools the presenter has used successfully in workshops with classroom faculty at OSU.

Session Four

Not a Series of Tubes:
Technology Policy, Innovation, and the Future of Free Speech

Rachel Bridgewater, Washington State University, Vancouver

Even as we struggle to understand what emerging technologies like blogs, podcasting, social networking, and Google's many projects mean for the services we provide, lawmakers are busy debating laws that could have major repercussions for users of these services.  This means that in addition to brushing up on our "web 2.0", we also must grapple with a whole new set of acronyms and buzzwords - DOPA, DRM, Net Neutrality, the Broadcast Flag.  This session will examine current hot topics in technology policy using plain language, paying special attention to the implications for innovation and free speech. 

Going Where the Users Are:
IM at the Reference Desk

Valery King's Powerpoint
Paul Frantz and Elizabeth Breakstone's Powerpoint
Handout (MS Word)
PDF Version of Handout
Valery King, Oregon State University
Paul Frantz, University of Oregon
Elizabeth Breakstone, University of Oregon
Kate Gronemyer, Oregon State University, Cascades

Librarians from UO, OSU and OSU-Cascades discuss their experiences and challenges using Instant Messenger as a reference tool. We include reasons why IM is suitable for reference work at an academic library, processes we followed when deciding to establish IM service, and how we gained our colleagues' cooperation. We summarize the kinds of questions we receive through IM, their differences and similarities to more traditional forms of reference, and suggest what to do (and what to avoid) in setting up your own academic IM reference service. Question and answer will be a major aspect of this panel.

A Library Creates Technology Enhanced Learning by Using a Student Response System (works best with Internet Explorer)
PDF Version
Jenifer Sigafoes Phelan, Seattle Pacific University

This presentation is a progress report on a grant awarded to the Seattle Pacific University's Library to integrate a student response system into the library's information literacy program.  The handheld remotes provide students with an active learning experience while allowing instructors instantaneous feedback on students' level of understanding.  Through grant funding the library purchased two Qwizdom instructor kits that work via proprietary software with MS PowerPoint.  In addition, the library has been making this technology and training available to other university faculty as well as using this technology with visiting elementary school children.