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1 Remote presentation to the EIFL GA Minsk, Belarus 26 June 2011 Amos Kujenga Systems Analyst NUST Library Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Helping library users to discover e-resources through subject-themed guides

2 Introduction The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) was established in 1990 through an Act of Parliament. It is state-owned and is located in the city of Bulawayo. NUST Library is the institutions hub of academic activity. Having three branch libraries, it serves a student population of about 4500. 2

3 NUST Library Vision To be one of the top class academic Libraries in Zimbabwe, utilising new and emerging technologies in the provision of service and information to the University community. 3

4 NUST Library Mission The NUST Library exists to provide all staff and students with information resources using state of the art tools and methods in support of the Universitys mission. 4

5 Project Justification NUST Library subscribes to a number of online resources mainly through the Zimbabwe University Libraries Consortium (ZULC) arrangements. Efforts have been made to improve the usage of these resources through, for example, an on-going, on-demand Information Literacy Skills (ILS) training programme and other initiatives. Challenges of users having to navigate throughout the website to get to the best resource for the particular Patrons needs is one reason for the little usage of these resources. 5

6 Project Justification Guided search has proven to be a key solution to this problem. Guided search software helps ease the job of the Twenty-First Century Subject Librarian by giving them an easy platform to assist Patrons. 6

7 Subject Librarians Subject Librarians are library staff members who have been formally assigned to be the primary contact persons between the library and the faculties and/or academic departments. They are sometimes referred to as Subject Specialists, Library Liaison Officers, or Faculty Librarians. They are expected to understand the information needs and scholarly communication patterns of assigned disciplines. 7

8 Subject Librarians At NUST Library this role is played by Assistant Librarians One assigned for each of the faculties: Applied Sciences Built Environment Commerce Communication & Information Science Industrial Technology Medicine 8

9 Subject Librarians Collection development and organisation Provision of subject-specific reference and information services Provision of subject-oriented library instruction Manning the HelpDesk Library orientation for new students 9

10 Subject Librarians Their role in the selection of electronic resources is not just important for paid-for resources (Pinfield, 2001). Increasingly, Subject Librarians are required to identify free web resources which may be of interest to users. Due to low Information Literacy Skills (ILS) levels, many users find the array of resources available on the Internet to be confusing and daunting. Subject Librarians are well placed to locate and evaluate quality resources. This involves maintaining an awareness of key web finding aids and gateways as well as sites with actual subject content. 10

11 Software Options OptionFor more Information... LibData LibGuides Library a la carte MyLibrary ResearchGuide SubjectsPlus 11

12 What is SubjectsPlus? In summary, SubjectsPlus is an Open Source set of tools aimed at enhancing a library website. It provides facilities to dynamically manage a librarys subject, course, and topic guides. 12

13 SubjectsPlus Features Database-driven (uses MySQL) Open Source - freely available Includes: Subject or Course Guides A-Z List of Databases Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Suggestion Box (or Talkback) Staff List 13

14 Why SubjectsPlus? Easy to use Easy to install and configure Good for low-technical support environments NUST Library intends to train personnel from peer institutions Subject Librarians can be given access to easily create and update Subject Guides Empowers the Knowledge Workers, giving them full control of the site contents Content Management architecture means that, e.g., changing a web address just has to be made in one place Free/Open Source Customisable NUST Library promotes the use of FOSS 14

15 Why SubjectsPlus? Includes Library 2.0 features RSS Feeds Bookmarking Growing user community Active, Google Groups-based mailing list Documentation in Wiki Video Tutorials 15

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20 Expected Outputs Increased usage of subscribed electronic resources Increased interaction of Subject Librarians with users Improved feedback mechanism Improved focus on user needs Improved student performance More focused or streamlined ILS training programmes Improved efficiency in updating of library website 20

21 For more information... 21 Amos Kujenga Systems Analyst NUST Library Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

22 Dont miss out... 22 eIFL-FOSS SubjectsPlus Themed Week 10-14 October 2011

23 Bibliography Agyen-Gyasi, K. (2008) 'The Need for Subject Librarians in Ghanaian Academic Libraries', Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, vol. 9, no. 3, Winter. Feldmann, L. (2006) 'Subject Librarians in the Changing Academic Library', Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, vol. 7, no. 3, Winter. Hahn, K. (2009) 'Introduction: Positioning Liaison Librarians for the 21st Century', Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, vol. 265, August, pp. 1-2. Love, J. (2002) 'The Enhanced and Changing Role of the Specialist Librarian: Survey of Education Librarians', The Reference Librarian, vol. 78, pp. 149-165. Pinfield, S. (2001) 'The changing role of subject librarians in academic libraries', Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, vol. 33, no. 1, March, pp. 32- 38.

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