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1 Looking for LTAs: Discover Low-Threshold Applications at the Campus Library Presented By: Steven J. Bell, Philadelphia University Jean Johnson, Lehigh University Loanne Snavely, Penn State University Copyright 2003. This work is the intellectual property of the authors. Permission is granted for this material to be shared for non-commercial, educational purposes, provided that this copyright appears on the reproduced materials and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the author. To disseminate otherwise or to republish requires written permission from the author.

2 Introduction & Overview This session will: -Introduce and explore the LTA concept - Provide examples of LTAs - Look at LTAs developed at three academic libraires - Discuss how LTAs help librarians integrate their resources and services in the learning proces - Help attendees develop their own LTA possibilities

3 What Is A Low-Threshold Application? An LTA is: As characterized by Steve Gilbert, TLT Group President, an LTA: - Is a new technology easily learned by faculty. - Is any technology that enhances productivity or adds a new application of technology for teaching or learning. - Takes no more than 30-60 minutes to learn. - Has documentation that exceeds no more than a single sheet. - Is available to faculty at no cost.

4 Why The Library? Reasons Why The Library is a Good LTA Source: - For faculty, there is no added cost for the resources. - Our technologies have a learning curve, but faculty can grasp the basics in an hour or less. - Library technologies increase faculty productivity by creating easier, more simple paths to needed literature.

5 Let’s Examine Some LTAs

6 Two LTA’s at Lehigh Folders for Students Class Bibliography Case Study One

7 Both LTA’s use readily available campus resources library collections course management system

8 Folders for Students Research support for doctoral students Scaffolding for students with dated research skills International retrieval barriers

9 Folders for Students-- teachers, principals, and directors of international schools from 23 different countries—from Colombia to France to Saudi Arabia to Japan to Kenya

10 Folders for Students minimum requirements virtual space (file sharing) digital content selector

11 Folders for Students Personal, secure, portable, web-based, cross-platform, easy to find folders for research materials


13 Folders for Students a shared, virtual desktop that reduces the access threshold for students at a distance

14 Class Bibliography Minimum requirements digital drop-box compiler

15 Class Bibliography reading and summarizing making APA citations using the digital drop-box

16 Class Bibliography Engaging students online Reading independently and using APA style

17 Class Bibliography Sharing the student work Showcasing digital resources from the Library


19 Both LTA’s at Lehigh Learning support for students at a distance Creative use of readily available campus resources

20 Bringing the Library to the Students Link ‘em up through the Course Management System Case Study Two

21 Penn State’s Solution CMS = ANGEL 3 Library Tools Subject Guide Tool Reserves Tool Ask! Virtual Reference Tool

22 CMS = ANGEL Subject Guides Create Subject Guides to link appropriate course (or major) specific resources within the course. Put them on the Tool Bar of the CMS Students find resources where they need them – in their course content.

23 CMS = ANGEL Reserves Tool Place Reserves in the Library as usual Activate Link in ANGEL What happens? A dynamically created search in the online catalog produces a current list of reserves for the course which may have links to full text, be music files, etc.

24 CMS = ANGEL Ask! Virtual Reference New “tool” under development Links to email and chat reference services Students have direct link to online help with their information research questions.

25 LTA’s You Can Do!!! Bring Your Library’s Resources to Your Students

26 LTA’s You can do!!! Subject Guides Link existing library subject guides from your course pages, or... Link appropriate resources from your course pages (durable links through a proxy server usually exist), and/or... Work with a librarian !!!!

27 LTA’s You can do!!! Reserves Link particular books or items from the online catalog using dynamic links Link particular articles using durable links

28 LTA’s You can do!!! Virtual Reference Link to your library’s virtual, chat or email reference from your course.

29 Low Tech Links to High Tech Learning to use information resources anytime, anywhere-- Library tutorials made for students

30 The Information Cycle How is information produced around an event?

31 The CAT Tutorial Making sense of the online catalog Presenting material visually

32 LTA’s You Can Do!!! Link to high tech resources on your libraries’ web site or elsewhere

33 Bring the library to the students LTA’s as simple as making links in your course To existing guides to resources To appropriate databases To individual citations (may have full text) To library learning resources

34 Creating Customized Reading Lists Using Library Content Case Study Three

35 Helping Faculty Create Custom E-Reading Lists - Allows faculty to create e-reserves within courseware using readily available content - Enhances faculty productivity by eliminating article scanning, re-touching and uploads - Enables librarians to facilitate faculty and student use of electronic library database content - Can be learned in less than one hour

36 Other Possibilities What Other LTAs Can Libraries Discover: Using the library’s catalog-based or turnkey system e-reserve (already an existing LTA); -Using table of contents alert services available in existing e-journal collections -(e.g., ScienceDirect, Kluwer Online, Emerald, ACS, etc.) -Capturing database articles as text files and uploading captured files into courseware or e-reserves; - Locating articles in databases using exact citations, supplementing the addition of specific articles to course sites or e-reserves; - Using direct borrow ILL options in systems such as First Search

37 Score Your Campus Resources for Low Threshold Applications Check off your library’s services and collections Check off your campus resources

38 Academic Content in Durable Digital Format YesNoNot Sure Databases Electronic Journal Collections E-books E-reports Videos or image collections Teaching resources Online catalog links for saved queries or book links Datasets or other resources--specify Totals

39 Library & Bibliographic Management software systems YesNoNot Sure Link Resolvers for Citations Personal bibliographic software Electronic Document Delivery Self-Service Online Interlibrary Loan Requests Digital Reference Web Content Management Systems Electronic reserves system Through the library automation system Through E-Res Via library input in course management system Totals

40 Instructional resources Does your library produce Web-based tutorials, bibliographies, or other guides to support student learning and faculty research? For example, information literacy tutorials or database guides? YesNoNot Sure Totals

41 YesNoNot Sure Course management system Campus portal Campus software licenses for information analysis Student Information System Web tools such as conferencing, session capture, etc? Totals

42 YesNoNot Sure Does your campus have technology enhanced classrooms? Are instructional technologists available to your faculty? Are instructional technologists available to your librarians? Would these instructional technologists help to create and promote LTAs? Other campus resources to note: Totals

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