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1 Where Innovation Is Tradition Tips + Taps: Integrating Apps in the Research Process April Kelley and Mary Oberlies VLA Annual Conference September 27, 2013

2 Where Innovation Is Tradition Who & Why

3 Where Innovation Is Tradition Objectives 1). Create a workshop for students to evaluate and utilize mobile applications for research 2). Survey user needs to plan workshops 3). Develop criteria relevant to audience 4). Find resources to identify relevant apps

4 Where Innovation Is Tradition Our Final Products 3 Workshops Infoguide Appy Hour

5 Where Innovation Is Tradition DIY in 4 Easy Steps Survey Investigate Focus Assess & Adapt

6 Where Innovation Is Tradition SURVEY Image from:

7 Where Innovation Is Tradition Purpose of Survey How do students and faculty interact with libraries via social media? Is there interest in an apps workshop? What kinds of apps interest students and faculty?

8 Where Innovation Is Tradition Institutional Review Board (IRB) The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews all research activities involving human subjects. Surveys need to go through IRB to determine whether exempt prior to being distributed.

9 Where Innovation Is Tradition Survey Tools Survey Monkey Limited options for free version - 10 questions/100 responses Confidential Google Forms Free – no limitations on number of questions or responses Confidential Graphs and charts available

10 Where Innovation Is Tradition Marketing and Distribution Focus on Arlington Campus students and faculty Advertised on listservs, library blog, social media, flyers, bookmarks and campus news Survey link converted to a bit.ly and QR code Survey ran from January 14 – February 28, 2013

11 Where Innovation Is Tradition Survey Questions What types of social media do you use? What devices do you use for your academic needs? Would you attend a workshop that demonstrates how you can use apps on your smartphone or tablet to access library resources or to help you with your research needs? What type of apps would you be interested in learning about?

12 Where Innovation Is Tradition RESULTS

13 Where Innovation Is Tradition Demographics

14 Where Innovation Is Tradition Social Media Preferences

15 Where Innovation Is Tradition Mobile Device Preferences Tablets Phones

16 Where Innovation Is Tradition Areas of App Interest

17 Where Innovation Is Tradition DIY Tips: Survey Effective, detailed questions Google Forms = Happiness Incentives to increase participation

18 Where Innovation Is Tradition INVESTIGATE Image from:

19 Where Innovation Is Tradition App Identification Friends Blogs (reviews) Libraries E-Courses (Udemy, ALA, ACRL)

20 Where Innovation Is Tradition Testing = Playing What do the apps do? Features, bugs, quirks, uses and failures Become familiar with the apps Play to your hearts content

21 Where Innovation Is Tradition Selection Criteria Customizable to the needs of your patrons What have you observed about your patrons? Pit your apps against each other! Multiple rounds of evaluation is good (and necessary!)

22 Where Innovation Is Tradition Before committing to an app consider: Ease of use Shareability Practicality Functionality Included Features Synchronization Cost Reviews Rinse and repeat as necessary

23 Where Innovation Is Tradition DIY Tips: Investigation Have uninterrupted time to play with the apps Start with many apps and winnow Don’t settle for bad apps - read reviews!

24 Where Innovation Is Tradition FOCUS Image from:

25 Where Innovation Is Tradition Audience Graduate students and faculty who are: iOS mobile device users Interested in apps for research and collaboration

26 Where Innovation Is Tradition First Incarnation Research, Productivity, Storing & Sharing Weakness: Too broad When: Pre-workshop

27 Where Innovation Is Tradition What it Included Super Note Mindmeister WorldCat Mobile Redlazer m.gmu.edu Article Search ebrary GoodReader Ebsco Bluefire Reader TED Talks Dictionary.com Flipboard CampusBooks Feedly Jotnot Pro

28 Where Innovation Is Tradition Weaknesses Process started off with gathering every app that potentially assisted with research. 60 apps identified 40 apps tested 23 apps selected 16 apps made final cut

29 Where Innovation Is Tradition Second Incarnation Research, Read, Write Good: Helped target specific apps Weaknesses: Too ambitious When: First workshop

30 Where Innovation Is Tradition What it Included Dictionary.com SSRN WorldCat Mobile Flipboard Pocket Bluefire Reader GoodReader Evernote Mindmeister CloudOn Honorable Mentions: Super Note RedLazer Congressional Record Blackboard

31 Where Innovation Is Tradition How it Succeeded Whittled list to 10 apps with 4 “honorable mentions” No duplication Workshop had a purpose and focus

32 Where Innovation Is Tradition How to Whittle Vs.

33 Where Innovation Is Tradition Make a List

34 Where Innovation Is Tradition Weaknesses Discussing 14 apps in an hour is too ambitious. Some apps required too much troubleshooting or had limited features. Assumption of everyone following same process when researching.

35 Where Innovation Is Tradition Third Incarnation Find, Read, Write, Present Follows research process from start to finish Works for faculty and students Simple, identifiable categories

36 Where Innovation Is Tradition What it Included SSRN SpringerLink Flipboard Pocket Bluefire Reader GoodReader Evernote CloudOn Slide Shark Honorable Mentions: Blackboard RedLazer

37 Where Innovation Is Tradition How it Succeeded Highlights apps most in-line with research Increased participation of attendees Knowledge sharing, questions, etc. Can easily cover 9 apps in an hour

38 Where Innovation Is Tradition DIY Tips: Focus Trial & error develop your focus Keep your audience in mind Embrace mistakes

39 Where Innovation Is Tradition ASSESS & ADAPT

40 Where Innovation Is Tradition Workshop Evaluation Five short answer questions follow learning objectives What apps they would recommend (knowledge sharing) What apps they really liked (benefits gained)

41 Where Innovation Is Tradition Adaptation Workshop adjusted to fit research process Revamp survey and redistribute “Appy Hour” on Facebook Subject specific app workshops Infoguide (infoguides.gmu.edu/researchapps)infoguides.gmu.edu/researchapps

42 Where Innovation Is Tradition DIY Tips: Assess & Adapt Customizable Strong assessment questions enhance workshop evaluation Apps become living organisms Need constant update and attention

43 Where Innovation Is Tradition Today’s Take-Aways Take time into account Think outside the screen Who else can join the conversation? How can apps be used/highlighted? Have fun!

44 Where Innovation Is Tradition Our Favorite Apps!

45 Where Innovation Is Tradition QUESTIONS?


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