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LibGuides training for JCU Library

Text of LibGuides training

  • 1. LibGuides training April 2010

2. Overview

  • Features of LibGuides
  • Visual interest
  • Information literacy
  • Login tohttp://libguides.jcu.edu.au
  • Managing your LibGuides account
  • Set up your profile
  • Create a guide
  • Give your guide a title
  • Assign editors
  • Create a description for your guide
  • Add/Edit tabs

3. Overview

  • Add or edit content boxes
    • 1. Text boxes
    • 2. Links & lists
    • 3. Simple web links
    • 4. RSS feeds
    • 5. Embedded video
    • 6. Podcasts
    • 7. Books from the Catalog
    • 8. Linking to boxes & pages
    • 9. Reordering & reusing boxes
  • Add images&image sources
  • Add databases
  • Change column widths
  • Use a guide as a template
  • Review/Publish your guide

Getting more help JCU style guide Rules LearnJCU Trends Questions 4. Maximise LibGuides features

  • Think like a student
    • Convenience (time-poor/poor time management)
    • Confidence in IT & finding info skills but not confident evaluating
    • Addicted to Google
    • Dont understand library jargon
  • Make it interactive
    • Polls
    • User links submissions
  • Integrate web 2.0
    • RSS, videos, podcasts, mobile devices
  • Add some visual interest
    • Book covers
    • Seeimage sources

5. Visual interest: Copyright

  • AcknowledgeALLphotos

6. Visual interest: Statistics

  • AcknowledgeALLphotos

7. Visual interest: Womens studies

  • AcknowledgeALLphotos

8. Visual interest: Dentistry

  • AcknowledgeALLphotos

9. Visual interest: Creative arts

  • AcknowledgeALLphotos

10. Information literacy

  • Bring the Library resources to your students
  • Make the most of your real estate - offersituational support , e.g.,Search strategyorHow to use the databaseslinks adjacent to a list of best databases (provide scaffolding)
  • Integrate information literacy skills
  • Become familiar with thelearning outcomesin your discipline & weave them into your guide
  • Find out what theassessment itemslook like for your discipline -- how can your guide help students succeed?
  • Use your guide tomodelefficient search behaviours and skills that students may later transfer to more complex information environments
  • Think about differentlearning styles(visual, auditory, reading/writing, kinesthetic)
  • Collaborate
  • Seekfeedbackfrom teaching staff &collaboratewith them to create packages of information for core subjects

11. Information literacy

  • "First-year students are often unaware of the existence of library subscription databases and there is evidence that some students are not able to differentiate between a journal and a journal article, or to understand why they need to refer to journals." p. 27 Gurney, L. J., & Wilkes, J. (2008). Creating a library presence in online units.Australian Academic and Research Libraries ,39 , 26-37.
  • "Martin and Williamson (2003) give evidence that even after preliminary information skills training, students make poor use of the wide range of subscription and other higher-education funded electronic information sources and gateways they are very difficult to wean off a Google habit." p. 52 Bent, M. J., & Stockdale, E. A. (2009). Integrating information literacy as a habit of learning - assessing the impact of a golden thread of IL through the curriculum.Journal of Information Literacy ,3 , 43-50.

12. Admin sign-in

  • http://libguides.jcu.edu.au/
  • Admin Sign In
  • Create New Guide OR Edit Guide

13. Rules of the game

  • Aim for consistency in tab names & order
    • Easier for students to navigate (eg, across disciplines)
    • More professional
    • Make adjustments for your discipline or generic topics
  • Collect as much information as you can
    • Use Feedback box in all your guides
    • Use star ratings
    • Ask staff and students what they think
    • Share new ideas with colleagues
    • Study usage statistics
  • Avoid too much scrolling
    • Use sub-tabs or divide guide, egGenres in childrens literature

14. Publishing process

  • Brains trust reviews new subject guides
    • Faculty Librarian, Subject librarian, Katrina, Ward
  • Brains trust for generic guides
    • Volunteer from other campus + Katrina
  • Address each comment from team
  • Ward Saylor is arbitrator if agreement cannot be reached

15. Publishing process

  • Friendly URL
  • Associate with subjects
  • Short description
  • Change status to Published
  • Assign tags
  • Redirect from CMS page
  • Publicise with stakeholders

16. LearnJCU

  • We can create widgets to embed your guide in LJCU
  • LJCU menu can be modified to include a link
  • Instructions

17. Information literacy

  • Bring the Library resources to your students
  • Make the most of your real estate - offersituational support , e.g.,Search strategyorHow to use the databaseslinks adjacent to list of best databases (provide scaffolding)
  • Integrate information literacy skills
  • Become familiar with thelearning outcomesin your discipline & weave them into your guide
  • Find out what theassessment itemslook like for your discipline -- how can your guide help students succeed?
  • Use your guide tomodelefficient search behaviours and skills that students may later transfer to more complex information environments
  • Think about differentlearning styles(visual, auditory, reading/writing, kinesthetic)
  • Collaborate
  • Seekfeedbackfrom teaching staff &collaboratewith them to create packages of information for core subjects

18. Trends

  • Individual subjects within a course:
  • Engineering , University of Sydney
  • Undergrad/Postgrad Medicine , Dalhousie University
  • Television & Society , Boston College
  • Engineering in the Modern World , Princeton University
  • Disruptive Technologies , MIT
  • Palm/PDA
  • Pharmacy , University of Sydney
  • Visual interest
  • Dentistry , University of Western Australia
  • Widget, blidgets, gadgets

19. Step-by-step: Sign-in

  • http://libguides.jcu.edu.au/
  • Admin Sign In
  • Create New Guide OR Edit Guide

20. Step-by-step: Profile

  • Customise your profile
    • Appears automatically on all your guides
    • Photo
    • Contact details
    • Subject portfolios
    • Embed Meebo or other chat widget
  • Create profile box if >1 librarian
    • Multiple profile examples
  • Seevideo(4 mins)

21. Step-by-step: Add new page

  • Add new page

22. Step-by-step: Add content box

  • Content box
  • New
  • Linked to another
  • Copy & edit

23. Step-by-step: Add intro

  • Add introductory text for the new content box

24. Step-by-step: Add links

  • Add web links & descriptions

25. Step-by-step: Add RSS feed

  • Add RSS feed

26. Step-by-step: Add books

  • Add books from Tropicat
  • UseSyndeticscover images

27. Step-by-step: Add podcast

  • Add podcast feed

28. Step-by-step: Add Google Scholar 29. Step-by-step: Add poll

  • Add an interactive poll

30. Step-by-step: Re-order content boxes

  • Drag & drop to new location
  • One, two or three columns

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