The 2011 keynote address will be given by Mary Czerwinski of Microsoft.
Off Of The Carousel And Onto The Canvas: Taking Presentations To The Next Level With Prezi
If you’ve attended a professional conference in the past year or two, you may have seen a presentation that felt more like flying than like watching a slideshow. Did the images tilt and zoom and leap across the screen? Could the presenter seamlessly jump back to any section of the talk? If you’ve seen these slick tricks in action, chances are that presenter was using Prezi, a web-based presentation software that has revolutionized the way text and graphics can be projected during a talk. Prezi lets you design a presentation on an endless blank canvas instead of as a series of slides. When you can “fly” to any point in your presentation, your audience is instantly engaged by the dynamic display of information.
Join two Portland-area academic librarians as we discuss how we’re using Prezi to go beyond slideshows, and demonstrate how easy it is to make an on-the-fly Prezi. We’ll suggest uses for Prezi in all types of library presentation settings, from (academic) library instruction sessions to (public) programs to (corporate) staff trainings. Participants will receive a handout with easy-to-follow instructions for getting started with Prezi (including a barcode link to the Prezi website), and we’ll make these instructions available online … as a Prezi, of course!
Anna Johnson, Mt Hood Community College
Tricia Juettemeyer, Art Institute of Portland
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the EPUB Format but Were Afraid to Ask
eBooks come in an alphabet-soup-like assortment of formats (lit, azw, chm, pdf, mobi, just to name a few…), but chances are, a large portion of the eBooks your library is offering and your patrons are reading are in the EPUB format. But what, exactly, is an EPUB? How do EPUB publications differ from other types of eBooks? Who’s supporting EPUB (and who isn’t)? How are EPUBs created? What can the EPUB format offer my patrons and my library, today and tomorrow? It’s time you got to know EPUB a little better.
This presentation will provide librarians with a basic understanding of the EPUB format. We’ll look at EPUB’s current features, marketplace adoption, likely future developments and enhancements, and potential uses of EPUB in your library. In addition (for those who like to “get their hands dirty”), we’ll go “under the hood” of a sample EPUB publication, learning what kinds of content can be included, how content is organized and metadata is stored, and how it all gets bundled into a single, distributable file. We’ll also review some commercial and open source EPUB tools and resources. Basic familiarity with HTML, CSS, and XML is recommended.
Greg Williams, West Linn Public Library
Clearing The Cloud Computing Fog
Cloud computing provides libraries with a better and easier way to perform many functions. However, cloud computing is an inherently nebulous concept, so there is confusion over what it is or what what it is good for. The "Cloud" is commonly used as shorthand for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and possibly anything that can be delivered as a service. This session provides a gentle introduction to cloud services, what they are best suited for, and topics that any institution using them should consider including confidentiality, integrity, availability, legal implications, and cost. The session will end with a demonstration of how to set up a simple web service in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
Kyle Banerjee, Orbis-Cascade Alliance
A high-leverage point to give you and your organization a competitive edge is to be Future Ready, that is, to adopt an attitude of being adaptable, flexible, and confident in utilizing the skills of the information and knowledge professional. Being ready for the future enables us to be more connected, relevant and valuable. In a changing information landscape, it is our ability to learn and adjust that is critical. My initiative as SLA President is to encourage information professionals to become Future Ready by adopting strategies that will prepare us for emerging opportunities in the information industry. I’ll discuss examples of some bright spots.
Cindy Romaine, Romainiacs, Intelligent Research
Undergrads And Image Searching: What Are They Doing? What Do They Need? Where Do We Fit?
As librarians and archivists in higher education, it is both our charge and our challenge to meet and teach students wherever they are in their research journeys. A key component of this quest is gaining and refining the skills that make them “information literate.” Information literacy, as defined by the American Library Association, is the ability to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” However, “information” is not limited to textual documents; increasingly, students across disciplines are using images in for their coursework. Unfortunately, visual and image literacy skills are not a standard component in the library instruction curriculum. What do we really know about undergraduates and their image-searching behavior – and where do our online digital image repositories and professional knowledge fit? Last fall we set out to answer these questions.
Join Laurie Bridges and Tiah Edmunson-Morton for a discussion on our own research journey, which started with an online survey to 1,000 randomly chosen OSU freshmen students asking them about their image-searching behavior. In this session we will present our findings, discuss current research in our fields, and offer recommendations for future studies.
Laurie Bridges, Oregon State University
Tiah Edmunson-Morton, Oregon State University
The E-Book Experience At Oregon State University
In the past two years, OSU has purchased e-books at an ever-increasing rate. These e-books are acquired through a variety of avenues: downloaded from Amazon to Kindles, packaged deals from aggregators and publishers, research reports purchased singly from non-profits, user-initiated purchases executed on the third viewing of a title. Some are stored locally on e-readers or in our institutional repository; others reside at a remote URL sometimes requiring a password and i.d. – or sometimes not. Cataloging copy might be downloaded from OCLC for individual titles, provided free by vendors in less-than full form, purchased as a set from OCLC, or downloaded from OCLC via a list of OCLC control numbers provided by the vendor. The plethora of formats, access methods, and cataloging has resulted in the design of separate workflows for each e-book provider. When e-books are purchased from a particular vendor, a process begins whereby staff must design a workflow, determining who will be responsible for acquisition and cataloging of the titles. Libraries can expect this environment to continue into the future as e-book distributors are unlikely to standardize methods of disseminating their products or the metadata used to describe them. This program will look at OSU’s experience with e-books, describing challenges and successes with mainstreaming their acquisition and cataloging.
Richard Sapon-White, Oregon State University
Current DAMS In 3D: Access, Storage, And Preservation
The digital asset management systems (DAMS) landscape is rapidly evolving, and many new products have become available in the past few years. DAMS tend to vary widely in terms of scope, technical specifications, functionality, usability, and price point – so DAMS evaluations can be somewhat complex. The Orbis Cascade Alliance appointed a Digital Services Team to evaluate DAMS and consider offering an affordable digital repository platform for members. DAMS can fulfill a range of needs. Typical goals for libraries and archives include enabling access to digital content and providing short or long-term storage for digital objects and data. More recently, digital preservation (practices that ensure continued access to digital objects over time) has also emerged as a critical concern of libraries and cultural heritage institutions. What do access, storage, and preservation mean for your institution? An awareness of institutional or collaborative goals is key to a successful DAMS implementation.
Joanna Burgess, Reed College
Karen Estlund, University of Oregon
“Productization” As A Means To Marketing Library Services
Many libraries are challenged to market their services. Standardizing deliverables in order to create products and marketing these products as examples of library services can be hugely beneficial in increasing awareness, understanding, and use of library services. “Productization” can also have advantages for librarians in managing time, staff, and budgets. This presentation will provide a framework for developing products that address critical user needs and can be replicated, scaled, and adapted. With examples of products created by librarians at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, a communications agency, attendees will learn how defined deliverables can make it easier for populations served to understand library services and librarians’ expertise, particularly as the patron population gains experience with the product and shares this information with their colleagues. When designed with scalability and adaptability in mind, products can also provide users with a clear idea of the methodology and deliverable while being flexible enough to address a variety of subject areas and adjusted to meet varying needs in terms of budget, time, and scope. Attendees will therefore gain an understanding of how to develop products that can help patrons and user populations to quickly understand and utilize library services and ensure satisfaction with deliverables.
Sharon Lawler, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide
Jessica Hastings, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide
The First Principles Of Web Search: A Primer On Search Engine Optimization
Our users’ changing information habits mean that Search Engine Optimization (SEO or the basic principles of how web search works) has become a practical skill for librarians in a wide range of job roles. Unfortunately, SEO has been relegated as a niche skill for librarians who do web design or marketing work. I want to correct this misnomer and make a case for re-defining SEO as understanding the fundamental principles of web search. Increasing numbers of library users rely on web search to filter the information they receive. Librarians who understand Internet search with the same level of detail as they understand catalog searching or database searching will be much better prepared to assist this kind of library user. In this session, we will visualize basic search engine functionality and discuss the difference between keyword matching and Pagerank algorithms. We’ll examine how web-scale discovery and next-generation catalogs use these concepts to make our collections available to our patrons. Finally, we’ll engage in a guided discussion of how these concepts are integrated into the daily practices of public, special, and academic librarians specializing in reference, technical, and access services.
Nicholas Schiller, Washington State University
High Stakes in the Stacks: Could ebooks Replace A Print Collection Today?
Academic libraries will be circulating print books for a long time to come. But circulation stats continue to fall in tandem with budget allocations for print resources, and students and faculty increasingly demand access to books online. So what would happen if we stopped buying print books altogether? Could a small to medium-sized academic library adequately support existing student and faculty research with an entirely electronic book collection? In an attempt to answer these questions, circulation statistics for print books will be examined in relation to market availability of equivalent ebook titles. The presentation will focus on the availability in electronic format of a sample of print titles circulated in the past year at Royal Roads University Library, what that electronic access actually looks like, and what it would all cost compared to purchasing and maintaining the equivalent in print. Results will be discussed in relation to current trends in academic publishing (i.e. what is available now and what will be available in the next 3-5 years) and the future direction of mass digitization projects, especially Google Books.
Corey Davis, Royal Roads University
Libraries Plus Cloud Computing Equals Human Rights
Governments have an incentive to hide information. Librarians are the defenders of free data. In this presentation, Al Cordle, Faculty Department Chair at Portland Community College Library, and Antony Falco, COO of Basho Technologies, outline a revolutionary architecture for open source software to promote democracy. Corporate and government information is currently hidden due to bureaucratic obstacles and costs. Academics and other librarians can use technology to make human rights documents available to the general public. Traditional database technologies, controlled by three Fortune 50 companies, profit from the retrieval and storage of information. Companies like Basho enable ordinary citizens to share information. As librarians, we can collaborate with open source companies to promote democracy by unlocking previously inaccessible information. We will issue a rallying cry to librarians and open source companies to collaborate and ensure government transparency using free or inexpensive software.
Alan Cordle, Portland Community College
Antony Falco, Basho Technologies
Library As Place: Online
Libraries are more than organized collections of materials. We frequently promote ourselves as gathering places and community spaces that facilitate the creation of knowledge. Viking Village takes this concept online, creating a place where students, faculty, and staff can share and discuss information, ideas, books, and events, share their creative work, and more. Viking Village receives more traffic than the Library's website and is frequented by thousands of students, staff, and faculty. Western's budget office uses the site heavily to foster transparency and dialogue about difficult budget decisions. In addition, the site supports direct questions to the Library and other support services on campus. Viking Village has become the social networking space on our campus, exemplified by this statement from a banned student asking for reinstatement: “I mean, it's not impossible to live without the forums [Viking Village]. But in this technological era, no one is going to want to communicate via any other means.” In this presentation, we will explore Viking Village and its role in the library and as a significant information source. I will also share how the site was built with Drupal and discuss the management and promotion of the site. I will also share assessment data and current thoughts about the future of Viking Village. There will be plenty of time for questions as well.
Andy Peterson, Western Washington University
QR Codes And Simple Augmented Reality For Mobile Library Users
The November 2010 issue of College & Research Libraries News features a QR Code (a type of barcode) on the cover and an article on QR codes and mobile users. In this session the author will give simple how-to steps for creating QR codes, along with examples of QR-code implementation in all types of libraries. She will also cover augmented reality (AR), a technology that "augments" physical reality with digital information. Though this technology is still evolving, there is great potential for providing visual and interactive experiences. Learn about AR apps for mobile devices, how early adopters are exploring and implementing this technology in libraries, and why AR is an important trend to follow.
Robin Ashford, George Fox University
Beyond RSS: Staying Informed & Organized, Today & Tomorrow
When Bloglines closed up shop at the end of September, the chatter among librarians ranged from “OMG what will I do now?” to “How do I get all of that stuff I’ve saved out” to “Huh, you know, I don’t really use it like I used to any more.” In this presentation, we will take a look at all of these reactions, with a particular focus on the last one. We will consider the idea that in our information abundant world, managing these streams of information is potentially more important than searching for sources when we have a problem to solve. RSS used to be a key part of that, and for many of us it still is. But for some, the feed reader is no longer sufficient. As mobile computing becomes as commonplace as desktop computing - whether in the form of smartphones or iPads or whatever comes next - we want ready access to those streams of information, our personal digital libraries, from wherever we are. We will examine the state-of-the-art in information management tools, talk about what today's early adopters want from these tools, and discuss any implications these tools might have for libraries and librarians.
Rachel Bridgewater, Reed College
Anne-Marie Deitering, Oregon State University
From Classroom To Cyberspace: A Writing Center-Library Collaboration
In the Winter 2010 term, the Library and Writing Center at Western Oregon University teamed up to develop a classroom workshop for a graduate Education class on writing and researching a thematic literature review. The two hour instruction taught in the library computer lab was an interactive hands-on session walking the students through the entire research and writing process. This workshop was repeated in the Spring 2010 term. For the Fall 2010 term, the class went online. This presentation will describe the challenges in taking a successful classroom workshop and transporting it to an interactive online environment, the technology involved, and how the collaboration worked in both developing the classroom and online workshop. It will include an interview from the Education professor about the positives and negatives of the online library instruction.
Heidi Coley, Western Oregon University
Robert Monge, Western Oregon University
Using Text-to-Video Resources for Instructional Videos
Want to break up the monotony of a presentation or lecture? Looking for a way to appeal to visual learners? With only your typing skills and your creativity, you can create short or long animated movies for library instruction with free online text-to-video tools. In this lightning talk, Jim and Kim will show you the basics of creating movies with xtranormal. Many free design options are offered with xtranormal: character selection, scene selection, gestures, facial expressions, camera angles, music, and sound effects. A brief survey of other free online text-to-video tools will also be included.
Jim Holmes, Reed College
Kim Read, The Art Institute of Portland
Online Comic Containers
The traditional paper comic book is increasingly being superceded by Web comics and electronic comic reader applications like comixology and Graphic.ly. This brief presentation will discuss aspects of online comics including file formats, hardware and software viewers, community, and intellectual property issues.
Lorena O'English, Washington State University
While many electronic resource platform vendors are COUNTER compliant, very few are SUSHI compliant. How can these COUNTER reports from non-SUSHI vendors be downloaded automatically? SUSHI Chef is a comprehensive solution for collecting and analyzing COUNTER usage data from various platform vendors. At Portland State University, we currently use SUSHI Chef to automatically download and analyze COUNTER usage reports from 34 of our largest vendors. Our goal is to share this application with other libraries, so they can simplify the process of collecting usage reports from various vendors. In addition, SUSHI Chef compiles and analyzes this usage data and creates a number of consolidated reports. These reports can be used by librarians and collection developers to make informed decisions about which packages to keep and which to cut.
Mike Flakus, Portland State University
What If They Can’t Find It Or Get It Or Link To Full Text?
With the debut of OpenURL, seamless transition from citation to online content became reality. But another problem cropped up. What if the desired content, while available, was not in online form? What if, instead, the content was either available in print in the library or only a few hours or days away via interlibrary loan? Thus was born the link resolver helper page – designed to guide library users through various alternative access options to the one that second-best suited their particular content need. Today’s link resolver products provide enough options that, if all deployed or deployed poorly, may well lead users to simply exit the helper page and turn elsewhere rather than wade through the barrage of directions and options to discover which one will solve the information need of that moment. The power to customize helper pages must be exercised judiciously and with a clear idea of what our users need to accomplish. And there is no better way to know what that is than to simply ask them. Designing helper pages with simplicity in mind and employing usability testing of helper page design is critical to users successfully negotiating a positive outcome when they cannot Find It, Get It or Link to Full Text.
Uta Hussong-Christian, Oregon State University
The Archivists' Toolkit (AT) is an open source archival data management system designed to support regular work functions of primary source repositories including accessioning, tracking donor names and correspondence, arrangement and description, managing locations for materials, authority control for names and subjects, and the creation of EAD finding aids (as well as MARCXML, METS, MODS, and Dublin Core records) while promoting data standardization and efficiency. The University of Oregon and Oregon State University share a joint instance of AT, the only inter-institutional implementation to date. While AT is not designed for collaboration, the OSUO project team identified ways to use AT to help share information and facilitate collaboration cost-effectively. Our joint instance can be a model for other institutions wishing to collaborate, as well as regional consortia wishing to host instances to support smaller institutions without the required technical infrastructure. The lightning talk will provide a technical overview of creating a joint instance between institutions, highlight key areas of collaboration and how AT can/has facilitated (including work flow issues, authority control, collection development, and reference), and outline steps for moving forward.
Cassandra A. Schmitt, University of Oregon
Using Softchalk For Training
How can you make the most of your online training tools for employees? Use a tool like Softchalk to incorporate feedback, quizzes, and other interactive features into your training materials. This brief talk will demonstrate how Softchalk is being used to enhance training for interlibrary loan work study students.
Kathleen Spring, Linfield College
The Many Faces Of Digital Books In The Corporate Library
What's the best way to meet the needs of your corporate library patrons when it comes to providing easy access to e-books? Microsoft Library considered many options, from loaning e-readers with pre-loaded content to simply providing downloadable content to patrons who had already bought their own e-reader hardware. This presentation will cover the options we considered, as well as the solution we settled on. We will present best practices in getting digital book content out to patrons who need anytime-anywhere access.
Merrill Chertok, Microsoft Corporation
Video Killed The Reference Desk
Viral videos have become a huge part of our culture. More and more information is being communicated in video format, so much so that YouTube has become the second most common search engine after Google. You can search for videos on how to change your oil, fix a buttonhole or fold origami. Libraries can take advantage of this move in popular culture by developing video tutorials for their patrons. These tutorials can be on anything that patrons need to know about libraries: from to use databases to reading call numbers. Many libraries have already taken on this idea and have created successful, informative videos that have “gone viral.” Video tutorials are an effective learning tool and in this format they attract a wide variety of users. Video tutorials introduce people to the library from the comfort of their own computer screens, thus attracting users and lessening library anxiety that prohibits effective research.
Nyssa Walsh, Emporia State University / Oregon Health and Science University
My InfoBuddy: Guided Tours Through Information Literacy With Online
Online tutorials, e-learning classrooms and educational websites are quickly taking the place of classroom instruction in academic settings. This is especially true for libraries and librarians who have been at the forefront of developing instructional materials for the virtual world. This brief presentation will outline the work done at the University of Arizona to develop a semester-long online information literacy course, focusing on the use on animated avatars to guide the students through the course materials. I will explore the efficacy (and pitfalls!) of using online avatars, discuss animation tools available to librarians and examine students' responses.
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, College of Oriental Medicine