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1 FINE-TUNING THE USER EXPERIENCE: INTEGRATION OF BLACKBOARD AND LIBGUIDES IOLUG CONFERENCE, MAY 16 TH, 2014

2 HOW IT GOT STARTED… 2005: Articles promoting library resources in a course management system appearing November 2012: SpringyCamp presentation by Prudence Morris from Texas A&M December 2012 to May 2013: Inception to launch and test June 2013 to August 2013: Promotion September 2013 to December 2013: Further promotion and assessment planning

3 var destName; var destURL; coursePrefix = courseID.substring(0,8); if (coursePrefix =="ACCT6430") {destName = "Accounting 6430 Business Valuation LibGuide"; destURL = "http://libguides.utoledo.edu/ACCT6430"; } else if (coursePrefix =="ACCT6210") {destName = "Accounting 6210 Research in Accounting and Taxation LibGuide"; destURL = "http://libguides.utoledo.edu/ACCT6210"; } document.write(' The ' + destName + ' will open in a new window. If the window does not open, please click here. '); window.open(destURL,"_blank"); WHAT MAKES IT WORK? JAVA SCRIPT

4 TWO CATEGORIES OF LIBGUIDES BEING LINKED: Course-specific: if (coursePrefix =="ACCT6430") {destName = "Accounting 6430 Business Valuation LibGuide"; destURL = "http://libguides.utoledo.edu/ACCT6430"; } General: else if (coursePrefix.match("SOC")) {destName = "Sociology LibGuide"; destURL = "http://libguides.utoledo.edu/sociology"; } No Guide Assigned: else { destName = "University Libraries LibGuides"; destURL = "http://libguides.utoledo.edu"; }

5 THE CODE SNIPPET FROM INSIDE OF BLACKBOARD THAT CALLS THE LIBGUIDES JAVASCRIPT FILE: /**/ /**/ This sets the courseID variable, which is then used to determine the course inside of the libguides.js file.

6 Scripts are loaded for every course Page is scraped for course code Searches for the latest file and pushes link List may be updated at any time; currently once a semester

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9 ASSESSMENT & DATA COLLECTION: Online Learning Librarian assigned to collect data and assess Data obtained from user logs supplied by Academic Instruction and Research Technology team

10 ENGL / 2013:4 Fall / ENGL1150:007 Comp II: Language and Identity / S / 8 ENGL / 2014:1 Spring /ENGL1150:004 Comp II: Language and Identity / S / 10 AFST / 2013:4 Fall / AFST1100:003 Intro to Africana Studies / S /43 AFST / 2014:1 Spring / AFST1100:001 Intro to Africana Studies / S / 15 *Add up large sections of classes to compare by semester to other course sections* Comparison by Semester – Number of times links clicked:

11 ANALYSIS: MANUAL_XLST.F / 2013:4 Fall / CHEM1230 (MERGED) General Chemistry I-L4 / S / 145 High usage: Consult with the faculty to create a guide specific to this course.

12 Top ten courses in Blackboard with clicks on the LibGuide Link Grand total of all clicks on all LibGuides by everyone is 36, 899 The total number of class sections reached is 4024 (Fall and Spring)

13 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Special thanks to Wade Lee and Elaine Reeves for bringing this project to light and providing me with the details of their journey. Justin Ballard Phoebe Ballard Adam Berger Michael Douglas Jeff Jablonski Alana Malik Jeff Perry Marlene Porter Todd Rains UT Marketing Committee

14 REFERENCES: Daly, E. (2010). Embedding library resources into learning management systems: A way to reach duke undergrads at their points of need. College & Research Library News, 71(4), Dygert, C., & Moeller, P. (2007). Linking the library and campus course management system. The Serials Librarian, 52(3/4), doi: ?J123v52n03_09 Frierson, E. (2011). Course-specific library links in Blackboard, Moodle, or any LMS you can name. Retrieved from ksinlms/ ksinlms/ Kellam, L., Cox, R., & Winkler, H. (2009). Hacking blackboard: Customizing access to library resources through the blackboard course management system. Journal of Web Librarianship, 3(4), doi: / Lawrence, D. (2006). Blackboard on a shoestring: Tying courses to sources. Journal of Library Administration, 45(1/2), doi: ?J111v45n01_14

15 REFERENCES continued: Morris, P., & McDonald, D. (Producer). (2013). Linking to LibGuides from Blackboard SpringyCamp presentation. Retrieved from Morris, P. & McDonald, D. (2013). Providing Targeted Web Links T- Bug Presentation. Retrieved from Lawton, P., & McDonald, D. Linking to LibGuides from blackboard Retrieved from Solis, J., & Hampton, E. (2009). Promoting a comprehensive view of library resources in a course management system. New Library World, 110(1/2), doi: /


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