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WAAL 2008: RapidILL at the UW-Madison

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on Thursday, April 17, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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Eric Robinson (WiLS) and Heather Weltin (UW-Madison)RapidILL is excellent - http://rapidill.org/ "It isn't the software that makes this work, it's the mindset"Fill rate is 95% within 24 hours turnaround = convenienceCuts out multiple steps to save time = efficiencyReloads (updates) your holding records for you = accuracyThere have only been a couple hours when system was down, since October 2007Soon, all you'll need is Odyssey, which is freeTechnically, you don't even need an ILL system to use RapidILLNot for book loans or book chapters, just for journal articlesWhy did we purchase it?No budget increase since 1999-2000 biennium budgetUW-Madison library budget is lowest in the Big 1040,000 students, physically large campus, with dozens of librariesMemorial Library ILL "shop" specific; our health sciences library uses it separatelyJanuary 2007 we consolidated our 6 ILL shops into 3RapidILL searching and processing faster than anything we had beforeUnmediated RapidILL would have no staff intervention on campus...

WAAL 2008: Next generation virtual reference

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on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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Steve Frye, UW-Madison College LibraryMark Beatty, WiLSValerie Beech, Marquette UniversityJohn Jentz, Marquette UniversityIM/chat at UW-Madison, and future of virtual referenceSteve:UW-Madison started online reference in 2002 with Convey softwareNeeded to change software, and thought we'd look at new vendorsInstead, library powers that be asked us to look at virtual reference as a whole first2006 started with blended service (chat/IM)"Ask a Librarian" link ubiquitous throughout library webpagesDecided early on that service would be staffed at desks, with staff of various levelsNeeded to be stable, and simple - if needed more than 5 minutes of training, too muchVideo: watching collaboration on virtual ref between reference staffChoosing software - some useful websitesWill add Chat button within OPAC when "no results found"Discussion btw. Writing Center, IT, libraries, tutoring service re: creating virtual Information CommonsUsing Jing - free to download, screencasting for multi-step processes, free online hosting with URLs you can send patronTakes 7 steps to order...

WAAL 2008: Integrating and assessing information literacy

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WAAL Information Literacy Award presentationDave Dettman, Coordinator of IL and Outreach, UW-Green BayUW System now looking at student learning assessment tools: iSkills, Project SAILS, ILTAssessing learning outcomes is more difficult for IL than subject areasHow well is IL integrated into the curriculum at your campus?"Assessment Loop" - want to complete all steps (goals, measurement, etc.), and close the loop (set new goals) - funders want to see thisAccreditation agencies starting to look at IL-related skillsFaculty had been afraid of IL - confusing it with technology literacy - can student use x piece of software/hardware?We've been doing "one-shot" instruction sessions for a long time - faculty are used to thisNeeded to document students' poor understanding of IL concepts for faculty who think that students have these skillsNeed to approach library databases differently than the Wild West Web, not in same way that you'd ask one another a questionAction plan: Make failure visible,...

WAAL 2008: Where are we? Academic librarianship in Wisco

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Panelists:Kim LaPlante, Northeast Wisconsin Technical CollegeMary Rieder, UW CollegesEd Van Gemert, UW-MadisonPat Wilkinson, UW-OshkoshPete Gilbert, Lawrence UniversityModerator: Gretchen Revie, Lawrence UniversityRole of library in higher education todayKim:WI Tech Coll system served 400,000 students last yearNWTC 43,000+ students, 6,000 FTEEducation: what you want, how you want it, where you want it#1 teaching IL skills - find, evaluate, use - librarian is most important resource in the library#2 gather materials - not so much in-house, but provide access; currency (ex: nursing or computer tech within past few years); get copyright permission to put online; video streaming online; cover many counties so has to be widely available#3 fostering innovation; disseminate to admin and faculty re: trends, directions to take, grantsMary:Similar to Tech Coll, with multiple campuses/libraries (13) across state; 50 library staff (~3/library, not all FT)Lots to do, little staff time to do itLarge and growing online student population (1,100 now)Undergrad support vs....

WAAL 2008: Gary Price keynote

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Gary Price Presentation: http://tinyurl.com/4xqhqnResourceShelf.comStarted this siteUpdated daily, even during his honeymoon!Calls himself an "intropreneur"It's one thing to have a website, and it's another thing to keep people coming to your websiteRSS isn't as widely-used as people think it is - many people don't know what it is or how to use itI send out a weekly email reminder - everyone still knows what it is25-50 names added to email list a week - up to 50,000 subscribers (?)Information overloadDocuticker.comStarted this site, maintained by Shirl KennedyReports from think tanks, government agencies, universities, etc.Also updated daily, with weekly e-mail remindersPeople tell me that the only reason they come is the teaser email message: "This is a little bit of what we've posted this week..."Both sites popular with journalistsComes down to using the right tool at the right time: online tools, books, licensed databasesMany people have no idea what the library of today or...

WLA 2007: Library Conference Planning 101: Backs to the WAAL

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As a newbie to the WAAL 2008 planning committee, I couldn't believe my luck. An entire session on planning the WAAL conference, by members of last year's committee!I was so impressed by these folks - they put a lot of good energy and work into coordinating a successful conference, and they clearly had fun doing it. Oh, and not only that, but they put that same amount of energy and fun into this session. They even brought a basket of candy for attendees, and gave out door prizes! Wow.They had tons of practical tips and words of wisdom to share:Committee member pins and t-shirts ("It will be okay... I promise") helped establish team camaraderieGet to know your conference site staff, and show appreciationIn-house program booklet is a lot of work and versioning can be difficult, but saves moneyConference headquarters room for committee members is helpfulMost program applications will come within...