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1 A small library using technology to make the impossible possible Eric A. Deatherage, Library Director Jennifer K. Johnson, Public Services Librarian Lee Library Crowder College Brick & Click 2013 Annual Conference

2 Eric A. Deatherage

3  Building on strong foundations ◦ Information literacy instruction a focus ◦ Supports the college mission to “Build a civil, serving literate, learning community of responsible citizens.” ◦ A history of inter-departmental relationships ◦ Continuing a history of good work

4  Goals ◦ Progression Style Instructional Model ◦ Tech enhancement for numerical and geographic growth ◦ Enhance fully online student experience

5 ◦ Goals  Website enhancements  Use Social Media  Enhance on-the-ground distance student experience  Maintain relationships with MOBIUS partners

6 Jennifer K. Johnson

7  Instruction History ◦ Started circa 2002  1 librarian ◦ Provided instruction to a few courses ◦ Added a second librarian in 2008 ◦ Continued to increase instruction  ( = 127 classes, 1940 students) ◦  130 traditional sessions taught to 2056 participants by 2 librarians  3% increase from

8  ◦ 1/3 program divisions covered by instructional program  Agriculture, Business, Communication, Nursing, and Social Science and Teacher Education ◦ 17 subjects specific courses  Children’s Literature, Veterinary Technology, Speech, College Orientation, College Success, Business Ethics, Business Communications, Payroll Accounting, Social Work, ELI, English 101, English 102, Nursing, Agriculture, History, Sociology, and Bridge Program

9  Partnerships ◦ Networking ◦ Verbal communication channels ◦ Improved Interactions ◦ Recommendations ◦ By request

10 Eric A. Deatherage

11  Skype ◦ Successes  Free  Connection worked ◦ Problems  Up front tech work (software and hardware)  Problematic troubleshooting  Lack of instructor buy in  Administration bandwidth concerns

12  GoToMeeting ◦ No up front tech work  No administrative password lockout  No need for a microphone ◦ Simplicity of use  Lockout the teleconference feature ◦ Easier scheduling ◦ Multiple classrooms at the same time  Up to 24 computers

13  GoToWebinar ◦ Online Students  Scheduled several webinars for a week  Good feedback  Some user errors/computer setup issues  Student owned computers  Mobile devices and phones access from public locations  Up to 100 students per session

14 Jennifer K. Johnson

15  Spring 2012 ◦ Web-based accounting course ◦ Little interaction from faculty/students

16  Fall 2012 ◦ 3 English Adjunct Faculty members  Completely online courses  2 ENGL 101 with instructor L  3 ENGL 102, 2 with instructor B, 1 with instructor H  1 ENGL 109, 1 with instructor B ◦ Outcomes  Library assignments and required chat worked well  126 students, with 58 posts in “ask-a-librarian”, 58 s from students

17  Spring 2013 ◦ 3 English Adjunct Faculty members  Completely online courses  4 ENGL 101  4 ENGL 102 ◦ Outcomes  More involvement from the Embedded Librarian  Library Assignments and require chat are crucial  Use the Blackboard automated system  Included GoToWebinar Instruction (complete success)  176 students, 51 posts in “ask-a-librarian”, 22 s from Students

18  Summer 2013 ◦ 1 Adjunct Faculty member  Completely online courses  1 ENGL 101  2 ENGL 102  61 students total ◦ Goals  Improve embedment  Improve correspondence with students  Create new interactive methods  Provide GoToWebinar Library Instruction  Possibly at the beginning and end of the semester, if faculty member requests

19 Eric A. Deatherage

20  LibGuides ◦ Implemented in 2010 ◦ Structure  Designed with minimal redundancy  Subject categories based on community needs  Broad, yet targeted general subject (when no faculty guide requested)  Targeted guides to faculty request

21  LibGuides ◦ Uses  Supports the faculty  Community Services  Joplin Tornado Recovery  Holiday  Fairs and Festivals  Voting Information  Marketing  Direct links to research databases  Community services guide effect

22  Use ◦ , 8755 hits (25 hits from the Holiday Guide)  8730 non-holiday guide hits ◦ , (40974 hits from the Holiday Guide)  9770 non-holiday guide hits ◦ , (9948 from the Holiday Guide)  non-holiday guide hits

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24  Jing ◦ Fulfilled the need at the time ◦ Current Needs  No advanced editing features that proprietary software provides  Recordings are one-shots and virtually impossible to edit post-recording  Limited in time length of videos recorded

25  Camtasia ◦ Pros  Semi-advanced learning curve  Fairly easy to learn for tech savvy  Any length video  Can upload to Screencast.com or Youtube.com or save (MP4)  Advanced editing functions  Edit video to the 1/10 th second  Modify screen view  Add animations and graphics  Zoom in/out

26  Camtasia ◦ Cons  The editing process can be lengthy  At Crowder, to create, edit, and upload a 5 minute video takes hours

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28  ◦ Modifying site layout and text ◦ Began updating information ◦ Interactive library map ◦ Catalog search form ◦ Began HTML cleanup process

29  ◦ Gained greater access for website updates ◦ Added Javascript pop-up boxes ◦ Added New Books and New Audiovisual links ◦ Plans to update  Crowder College overall page  Library page

30  ◦ Prepared interactive map update ◦ Continued HTML/continued HTML clean up ◦ Crowder College website switch occurred (March) ◦ Blog embed ◦ Continued plan for Library Website modification ◦ Updating page by page (in progress)

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32  Wordpress ◦ Created July 2012 ◦ Pages  Public Pages  Home, Overview, Mission Statement, More Information, Events, and Meet the Staff  Password Protected Pages (for staff use only)  Staff, Student Worker, Technical Services, and Librarian Resources  Still in beta testing

33  Facebook ◦ Created August 2012 ◦ 2 Administrators ◦ Admin panel, editing functions, and insights  Twitter ◦ Created March 2013 ◦ Linked to Wordpress blog and tweets all blog posts

34  Pros ◦ Increases the Library’s digital footprint ◦ Easy to update ◦ Good feed back from followers ◦ Sends out periodical reminders about social media sites  Cons ◦ Can’t link Facebook page to Twitter page as it links to staff member’s personal account, not Library page ◦ Can be difficult coming up with new posts ◦ Tried interactive posts with little response ◦ Difficulty marketing it to students

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36  ◦ Computers for instructional classroom ◦ Student desks for instructional classroom  ◦ Staff iPads ◦ Staff computers ◦ Laptop  ◦ GoToWebinar/GoToMeeting ◦ AV system (TVs, FM audio transmitter/receivers, Computer/internet input, satellite) ◦ Modular furniture purchase ◦ eBooks  ◦ Student Tablets

37  Funding ◦ Donor funding ◦ Existing budget re-organization

38 Jennifer K. Johnson

39  Roving Reference ◦ Up to March 2013  Periodical roving  No set schedule  Little or no roving during high traffic times ◦ April 2013 present  Set roving schedule in 30 minute blocks  Improves reference services as staff is available outside of the Circulation Desk

40  iPads ◦ Allows librarians to provide roving reference services  Subject specialization and Library focused apps  Crowder, SWAN, & MOBIUS Catalogs, OCLC, various databases, Congressional Records, C & RL News, and DocsToGo ◦ Looking into using iPads for remote check out

41  Outcomes ◦ Semi-success of roving ◦ Utilizing the iPads ◦ Increase marketing of roving reference services

42 Eric A. Deatherage

43  Faculty and Administration buy in  Increase distance and online instruction  Increase communication ◦ Traditional ◦ Social media/electronic  Apply appropriate technology to instruction  Enhance MOBIUS partnerships  Provide the best supplemental activities and supportive library services possible, within means  Increase our means

44  Eric A. Deatherage ◦ Library Director ◦ Lee Library, Crowder College ◦ ◦  Jennifer K. Johnson ◦ Public Services Librarian ◦ Lee Library, Crowder College ◦ ◦


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