Presentation on theme: "Institutional Portals & Delivery of Library Related Subject Resources Malcolm Moffat Institute for Computer Based Learning Heriot-Watt."— Presentation transcript:
Institutional Portals & Delivery of Library Related Subject Resources Malcolm Moffat Institute for Computer Based Learning Heriot-Watt University. ^ Or VLEs
About me Subject Librarian EEVL Service & Projects ICBL Research Associate
HW University Library c What is an Institutional Portal?
EEVL Service c How can we get EEVL related resource used in IPs or VLEs? Means to Embed EEVL search Functionality e.g. - Simple HTML searchbox, Z39.50, WSRP Provision of Subject Based RSS feeds e.g. - New RSS feeds of EEVL Resources - Collection of Subject Based RSS feeds Embedding of Infoskills Training Materials in VLEs
PerX Project year JISC Project to develop an engineering subject based cross search pilot & investigate issues.
PerX Project Task 33 - Embed cross search functionality within VLE at HW on a proof of concept basis.
PerX VLE Embedding
Cross search results passed in XML to VLE Potential for results to be re-used and manipulated in VLE e.g. –Exported/Saved – ed/posted to discussion forum –Creating reference lists
Questionnaire (x17) Library users PerX VLE Evaluation Subject based cross search services are useful? - Agree 13, Dont Know 4, Disagree 0 Usefulness of embedding library resources in VLE ? - Useful 14, Dont Know 1, Not Useful 2 What other elements of HW OPAC results are needed? - Loan Status, Number of Copies Usefulness of being able to re-use/manipulate results in VLE? - Useful 10, Dont Know 4, Not Useful 3 Which means to re-use results would be most useful? - Exporting results (15 votes) - Saving to Personal VLE Storage (14 votes) - ing/Posting Results Discussion Board (12 votes) - Adding to Assignments (9 votes)
(2003) EEVL, VLEs, Institutional and Library Portals (2007) Report on Embedding and Reusing PerX in a VLE (2007) Building Bridges with Blocks: Assisting digital library and Virtual Learning Environment integration through reusable middleware. Further Information
Views on Pilot (n=50) 94% believed there was a need for an engineering cross search service. 79% said that they were able to find useful information using the pilot 89% thought that adding more content would increase its usefulness PerX Feedback
Views on Subject Based approach Google Results are already very good - competition is high. Need to stress that Perx is searching content sources which may be difficult/impossible to find via Google. Work is required to increase the relevance of Perx hits. Possible advantages of the Subject Based Approach include; efficiency/time savings, searching with subject specific terms, higher quality hits, novel content which is hard to find using search engines. PerX Feedback