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1 The COPPUL-D Information Literacy Viewlets Initiative Preparing to Advance Information Literacy Carmen Kazakoff-Lane ACCOLEDS/DLI Training Session November 28 th,2005

2 History of the Project COPPUL DE Information Literacy Group Purpose: Find ways to collaboratively enhance Info Lit for DE students. 1999? COPPUL-D Initiated a project to jointly develop Doing Research from a Distance Tutorial. General Information Literacy Tutorial for DE Students


4 History – High Hopes

5 History – Cont… Little usage. As a result in 2004 we decided that: The project was a bomb No student wants to do big tutorials

6 History – Cont… We needed to create tutorials that were: Point of Need (spec. databases) Short, easy to understand and did not bore people silly.

7 Viewlets Answer: Viewlets braryTutorial/Psychinfo_Viewlet_cd_quality_vi ewlet_swf.html braryTutorial/Psychinfo_Viewlet_cd_quality_vi ewlet_swf.html braryTutorial/Introduction_to_Library_Resear ch_Tools_viewlet_swf.html

8 Viewlets - Pros Viewlets advantages: Quick and easy to create Used screen captures, audio, pictures, pointers, quizzes and text inserts to create tutorials which displayed searches in manner that was: Quick and effective More enjoyable to use Interactive

9 Viewlets - Cons Needed to create not one but a multitude of tutorials Each would need to be kept up to date Meant we would have to find a way to collaboratively develop, upload, and download tutorials

10 DE Information Literacy Group Task of discovering the viability of sharing fell to the COPPUL DE Info Literacy Group. Met in September 2004 along with Karen Hunt Public Service input deemed to be important. Discussed What Is to be Done?

11 Conclusions of Group 1. Need a set of Guidelines Agreed that we need point of use tutorials with specific design elements for databases. Colors, Fonts Searches, Brief and Full Record Displays Short Link to Advanced Search Nothing stopping anyone from creating and loading their own style of viewlet for other objects

12 Action: Bill Badke (Trinity Western University) asked to develop a set of guidelines for review by: COPPUL DE COPPUL Public Services Group Submitted for review in Oct 2004 After feedback they were accepted.

13 Conclusions – cont. 2. Decided to do an inventory of COPPUL databases to learn how much overlap there are in database subscriptions

14 Action: Fall 2004 Inventory of COPPUL Databases Questionnaire submitted to COPPUL DE and Public Services list. 13 responses 40+ databases where 4+ libraries used same database from same vendor Likely More Starting Point for Development.

15 Conclusions – cont. 3. Needed to test for Exchangeability Action: Paul Pival and Karen Hunt did test using different versions of Viewletbuilder - Successful Do not know if we can exchange from other pieces of software that use Flash technology.

16 Conclusions – cont. 4. Needed a home for the Viewlets Archival quality Accessible to all COPPUL Librarians Preferably include a Creative Commons License Allow for Metadata

17 Action: March of 2005 Paul Pival announced that the University of Calgary had upgraded it Learning Objects Repository D-Space Informed us that COPPUL could house Viewlets there and that COPPUL librarians could access it.

18 D-Space Viewlet Home Page

19 Tutorial on Uploading Viewlets

20 D-Space – cont. Secure and requires registration URL: Librarians can upload and download viewlets from D-space Includes a Creative Commons License Provides form for including relevant Metadata Searchable

21 Conclusions – cont. 5. Metadata Needed: Author of Viewlet When it was created and updated Name of Database Name of Vendor Name of Viewlet Description of Viewlet Keywords Abstract

22 Metadata – cont. Software used to create Viewlet (Version) File type Size Viewing Time Link to Viewlet Optional information contact information for the Viewlets creator intended audience for the Viewlet

23 Action: As mentioned before D-space provides us with a form into which we can enter all relevant Metadata.

24 Where to go from here? Process for Collaboration. People to examine it and opt to undertake development. NOTE: Will also look for feedback about process as it begins.

25 Why Collaborate? Provides us with opportunity to offer better service to on and off-campus users alike. Fewer people use in-library reference, check out books, or walk into the library. Have students logging into our systems on a 24/7 basis

26 REASON: New Students New students cannot or will not come into the library Distance Education Students Distance limits access Millenials – wired/wireless generation Expect services to be online, wireless, 24/7, customer oriented and professional Expectations set by Google, Amazon, etc.

27 New Students – cont. Lifelong Learners, Adult Learners, and Nontraditional Students Work & Family Commitments 2002 survey: 73% students nontraditional¹ 30-50% say access to library is problematic. 1. Susan Choy. Nontraditional Undergraduates: Findings From the Condition of Education NCES: Washington, D.C.: 2002

28 Things to consider Center for Postsecondary Research - Study on Student Engagement Higher student engagement = higher persistence. Schools that channel student time and energy toward effective educational activities [i.e. engaged students] did two things very well

29 Student Engagement 1. They teach students early on how to take advantage of institutional resources for their learning Translation for libraries: Provide Information Literacy 2. They make available to students what they need when they need it.² Translation for libraries: Anytime /Anywhere – 24/7 is key. 2 National Survey of Student Engagement:Pathways to Collegiate Success: 2004 Annual Survey Results. Center for Post-Secondary Research: Bloomington, IN, 2004 (p.6) Available Online:

30 Back to Viewlets Libraries have a role to play in increasing Student Engagement & Persistence Do so by introducing students to our resources and telling them how to use them. Do so by making instruction more engaging Do so by reaching them where they are. REMEMBER Students Need our Help!

31 Back to Viewlets – cont. Viewlets are the best tool we have to accomplish this: Short, to the point. Allow us to quickly create Point of need tutorials. Independent of time, space or opening hours restrictions (* for nontraditional / DE students) Engaging for younger learners (i.e. Millenials) Convergence of needs being met by Viewlet tech.

32 Viewlets - cont However: Large no. of databases, vendors and changing interfaces makes this undertaking a large one. No one can go it alone.

33 Positive Side: We have what it takes to be successful

34 Completing the Task 1. May need to incorporate Training However: Easy to learn Online Courses from Qarbon Likely can be done locally 2. Need to incorporate some rules of engagement

35 Final Quote Our users have lives. They dont want to spend their lives in our libraries…As much as we may love [libraries], they want to get what they need and get on with their lives. So the quicker we can get them what they need and out the door the more satisfied they are … and that it what it is all about. Roy Tennant. Keynote Address at WLA / MPLA Conference. Oct 17, 2005

36 Discussion Follow COPPUL-D Model? Audio: To use or not to use? Rules of Engagement from here: Sign up forms? Training? Buy ViewletBuilder for all libraries? Cost: $159 / User - Educational Rate Feedback / Assistance mechanism? E.g. COPPUL Viewlet Listserv for mutual support? Other?

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