Volume 2, Issue 3
February 1, 2016
SirsiDynix Symphony Update
Make This Year Count—in Another Language!
A Redesign of the LOUIS Website is Underway!
Innovations in Collection Development at UNO and LSUS
Fletcher’s Coastal Commerce Bank Library Receives Grant from Board of Regents
A New Facility for Prescott Memorial Library Coming Soon
Electronic Resources Update
A Thirty Year Dream Becomes a Reality
SirsiDynix Symphony Update By Cathy Sicard, LOUIS
sites who are interested in testing these products, we encourage you to open a FootPrints incident and ask to have these setup for your site. You may find they do indeed meet your needs for a production environment, which would be great.
The SirsiDynix Symphony ILS for all 35 LOUIS Symphony sites has been officially migrated to SirsiDynix’s cloud solution, SaaS (Software as a Service). Each site has a Production and Test system in SaaS. Having a superb team assembled at SirsiDynix and engaged System Administrators throughout, made the migration process a smooth sailing adventure! BookMyne and BLUEcloud Analytics are two Now that the SaaS migration is complete, the products that are ready for primetime. LOUIS will be implementing these products for LOUIS team is working with SirsiDynix to setup each site’s BLUEcloud Central environ- each LOUIS site as requested via Footprints.
ment. This is essentially the landing page for A demonstration of SirsiDynix’s Enterprise BLUEcloud products. discovery tool at the LOUIS System Administrators meeting (January 2016) initiated Alongside the BLUEcloud Central setup, the LOUIS team is working with SirsiDynix to roll much interest. The product has come a long way since our first demo back in 2008. New out BLUEcloud Campus products, including additions including BLUEcloud Lists, integraBLUECloud Cataloging and BLUEcloud PAC. Testing of these two products by LOUIS sites tion with BLUEcloud Analytics, resource manthus far has revealed that more functionality agement, course reserves features, materials and facilities booking features, CloudSource is needed for sites to be motivated to use these products in a production mode. But for and BLUEcloud Commerce were appealing. Communicate. Cooperate. Collaborate.
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We are currently discussing the possibility of a SirsiDynix Symphony customers. We hope trial with SirsiDynix. some of you will be joining us! Also in progress are continued discussions with SirsiDynix and EBSCO to integrate EDS and Symphony e-Library in order to give the end user a more robust discovery interface. This includes adding “My Account” features to EDS and updating Real-Time Availability to use SirsiDynix Web Services rather than Z39.50. Several LOUIS team members will be attending SirsiDynix’s COSUGI 2016 to learn about For more information on COSUGI 2016, upcoming products and product enhancego to http://www.cosugi.org/conference ments, and to share with and learn from other
Make This Year Count—in Another Language! by Angela Dunnington, Southeastern
first program of its kind to teach language through full-length international films. SouthSoutheastern Louisiana University is excited eastern users can use an email to register a to announce the availability of Mango Languages, an online language learning program. profile which allows the database to track Funded through a student tech fee grant cre- their language-learning progress. It also has a convenient mobile app, compatible with Apple ated by Department of Languages and Communication and Sims Library, Mango provides and Android devices, for learning on the go. an interactive way for students, faculty, and If you have any questions on Mango Lanstaff to learn a new language. guages, please contact: Mango has more than 70 foreign languages, 21 foreign films, 31 specialty courses (such as Legal and Medical Spanish, Business Mandarin), and over 17 specialized ESL courses. Mango also features “Mango Premiere,” the
Angela Dunnington, Head of Access Services firstname.lastname@example.org 985-549-3485
February 1, 2016
Learning with LOUIS Upcoming Webinars: February 17: Cataloging Electronic Resources Best Practices
Fletcher’s Coastal Commerce Bank Library Receives Grant from Board of Regents by Jaclyn Gehbauer, Fletcher also purchased for both the St. The Coastal Commerce Bank li- Charles and Schriever campuses of Fletcher. Enhanced campusbrary at Fletcher Technical Community College (Fletcher) is wide outreach featuring library resources has also been implepleased to announce their mented, including display cabigrant, Enhancement of library nets at the BP IPT Building and Services with New and Emergthe Marine &Petroleum Safety ing Technologies, has been funded through the FY 2014~15 Training Center. Board of Regents' Enhancement Enhancing library services will Subprogram for Two-Year Insti- provide greater visibility of acatutions. demic and technological reCoastal Commerce Bank library sources, increase student retenhas used these funds to create tion efforts, and will better prepare students for entering the portable media centers, comworkforce. prised of laptops, microprojectors, iPads, and portable projection screens. Charging stations and power tables were
March 15: Planning a Library-Wide Open House
April TBD: OER Initiatives with Affordable Learning Georgia
April 20: Data Wrangling with OpenRefine
Recent Webinars: November: Virtual Symphony Sharing Session December: Custom Linking in EBSCO Admin
Webinar recordings are available at http://bit.ly/lwl_recs. To request the password, go to http://bit.ly/louis_kb.
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Volume 2, Issue 2
A New Facility for Prescott Memorial Library Coming Soon by William Lancaster, LaTech As of Friday, January 15, 2016, it became official that Prescott Library/Wyly Tower will be torn down in Summer 2017. Our temporary location hasn't been determined yet but the new building will be at our current location now. We had our first meeting about it on Friday and it's going to be a huge weeding process. Currently our building has 240,000 square feet and the new building will be 160,000 square feet.
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E l e c t ro n i c Re s o u rc e s U p d at e Free Live Training from Credo Reference Credo is offering hour-long platform tours to make sure libraries are getting the most usage out of their content, Topic Pages, and tools. You can request certificates of completion, if needed.
For more information, go to https:// toolbox.credoreference.com/ literati/training.html
Or visit the Credo training blog at http:// blog.credoreference.com/tag/ Credo trainers are also available training/ upon request for a free private training session
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A Redesign of the LOUIS Website is Underway!
by ZeeZee Zamin, LOUIS
Considered & Closed: ASME (revised proposal) Cambridge Journal package and Digital Archive PlumX Metrics Sage Business Statistics WestLaw Campus Under Consideration: American Heart Association eBook Collection Credo Information Literacy GeoPolitical Monitor R2 Digital Library (Rittenhouse) New Mini Consortia: BoardVitals
by Jaime K. Barrilleaux, LOUIS
The LOUIS website is currently undergoing a re-design. We are moving away from the WordPress Content Management System to Springshare’s LibGuides CMS, which utilizes the Twitter Bootstrap framework for embedded responsiveness.
We’ve established the basic design elements and the navigation schema, which will be carried across all web pages, portals, and websites.
Now that the overall structure is largely established, we will be focusing more developThe LOUIS team has been hard at work rement on the training portal. The Training Foviewing industry standards, best practices, cus Group, established at LUC 2015, is curand current websites to identify elements that rently working on a name for the portal. We appeal to users. will also be leaning on the focus group for user experience feedback on the primary webThe new website will feature a story-board site and the custom portals. homepage, landing pages, and custom portals. The custom portals will include a training If you are interested in getting involved in this portal and a members’ portal with targeted process, email Jaime Barrilleaux at audiences. And more importantly—friendly email@example.com. 5
Volume 2, Issue 2
Innovations in Collection Development at UNO and LSUS Jeanne Pavy, Scholarly Communications Officer at The University of New Orleans and Brian Sherman, Interim Director at LSU Shreveport were recently awarded Regents funds to implement eTextbooks on their campus that demonstrated cost-savings to students. Through the efforts of Pavy and Sherman, their campuses were awarded a total of $1,972.23 and they were able to impact 871 students with a total estimated savings to students of $31,562.58. LOUIS interviewed them to find out about the experience.
round, 5 of which were eligible for Regents funding. We ended up spending about $1,240 in Regents funding and saving students almost $32,000 in textbook purchases. (Jeanne Pavy, UNO)
We created a Google form for faculty to apply to the program and all of our liaison librarians sent an email to their departmental faculty inviting their participation. This was sent out in May and received only 4 responses. Two of these faculty applied for the $250 for using free/open course materials (which they eventually received) and two others were interested in having the library purchase an electronic edition of their textbook. We weren’t able to identify an appropriate textbook to license for them that fit the parameters of the grant, though we did use our own funds to purchase a text for one of them that had limited users and DRM.
How difficult was the project to implement?
Our first step was to ask the bookstore for the textbook adoption list for the next semester. We also emailed instructors to ask if there were textbooks they used semester to semester that were not traditional textbooks as we understood most of these to be fruitless for this venture. We used YBP to search for the How did you implement the Regents eTextbook items from multiple vendors at one time. Another funds at your campus? vendor may have been just as appropriate. We chose books that had unlimited use and printing or very much When the funds were announced last spring, we near those qualifications. Priority was given to general decided to offer faculty three options for participating in education courses and courses with large enrollments. the initiative: (1) working with the library to purchase These were few, so we extended it to upper level a textbook that could be licensed for DRM-free campusundergraduate and graduate courses. We emailed the wide use; (2) apply for $1,000 grant to create an OER faculty teaching those courses that the textbooks would to replace materials normally purchased by students; be available and after purchasing the items, links to the (3) Apply for $250 mini-grant to identify and substitute books were sent to those faculty. Deans and existing OERs/library-licensed content for materials department chairs were notified as well. We are normally purchased by students. If we had more creating a portal for the books and placing bib records applicants than we had funds for, our plan was to for them in the catalog. award the grants to faculty with the largest number of enrolled students. (Brian Sherman, LSUS)
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by Teri Gallaway, LOUIS ISBNs. Though the searching was the most time consuming, there is a significant amount of time that will need to be dedicated to signing contracts/licenses for all the vendors you wish to use. Libraries will already be familiar with this process, but if you are looking at many options for ebooks then you will have that many more contracts to complete. (Brian Sherman, LSUS) Have you received any feedback on your project from administrators, faculty, or students? Foreign Languages faculty member: “It was a fantastic resource, and easy to use. I think this program would be a great asset for any class, online or not, as textbook acquisition can often present a problem for UNO students.” (Jeanne Pavy, UNO) Several instructors that were particularly in dire need of textbooks due to the bookstore running out early have expressed relief at the library possessing copies of their texts.
would have started on the process earlier and assigned more staff. Knowing which publishers are more amiable to providing DRM-free ebooks would help in convincing faculty to migrate to different textbooks. This would help expand the program. (Brian Sherman, LSUS) What advice do you have for libraries that haven’t found a way to take advantage of the funds yet? I suggest that you think about at least offering to purchase electronic versions of textbooks. Faculty understand this idea more readily than OER creation/ adoption, I think, and many are very willing to use an electronic version. Even if you can’t purchase the title because a library-licensed version isn’t available, you demonstrate the library’s willingness to find ways to ease the financial burden for students, and you can take the opportunity to introduce the idea of OERs, perhaps for consideration for a future version of the course. (Jeanne Pavy, UNO)
Communication is paramount. Many professors do not check their email. Administrators may not pass the (Brian Sherman, LSUS) information on to their faculty. I would use every form of Given the opportunity to do this again, what would communication you can to get the information to you do differently? students and faculty alike. Create a portal for the books (We actually did it again for the spring semester, but left on your webpage. The project is well worth the time and staff. Identify the books as soon as you can and get out the $1000 create-your-own-OER option because we didn’t have that much in funding identified.) I think what started. Receiving the textbook adoption list will often we would like to do differently for the fall 2016 semester coincide with the nearing of the end of the semester and there are often other priorities in your library at that (if we can continue this initiative) is to use the spring time. semester to lay the groundwork for better faculty understanding of OER in order to elicit more participation. (Brian Sherman, LSUS) I think a lot of faculty eyes glazed over our initial call for participation because they didn’t know what we were talking about. We are working with our new Center for Teaching Innovation to host a panel discussion in March (in celebration of Open Education Week) that will include faculty who received the $250 stipends for using OER and free content, as well as (we hope) a student participant and possibly someone from the Office of Retention on our campus. We would like to have more campus partners on board with us for the next round. (Jeanne Pavy, UNO) We found this to be an extremely valuable project. I would spend more time on getting the information out. I
Jeanne Pavy, UNO
Brian Sherman, LSUS
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February 1, 2016
A Thirty Year Dream Becomes a Reality by Lora Amsberryaugier, UNO The Earl K. Long Library has been an architectural oddity on the University of New Orleans campus for many years. This proud structure has had to withstand the teasing of the other campus buildings because sadly, it is incomplete. Only three-fourth of the fourth floor had walls and a roof. The floor of the last quarter served as the roof of the third floor. The Library could only dream about what it would be like to be whole.
University’s new Center for Teaching Innovation on the fourth floor.
The Library discovered with recent renovations on its other floors that the old expectation of silence in the library is no more. Students expect to be able to participate in social learning and to this end need space to collaborate and communicate, but they also want quiet contemplative space. The other floors are challenged by this new paradigm and student complaints happen when the noise of one group’s work Two years ago, circumstances began to improve for the encroaches on another’s quiet space. The new fourth Library. Walls and a roof were built over the remaining floor has addressed group work versus individual space open area to fully enclose the fourth floor. Finally, a by incorporating sound proofing in its design. project that began in 1984 when the fourth floor was This will be an exciting year for the Library building and added and after 32 years of waiting, the Earl K. Long for the people who work in it. The Library’s faculty and Library’s 4th floor will be completed this year! staff look forward to working in new offices and public The Library’s buildout and renovation will include spaces. The campus faculty and students will also have climate controlled closed stacks for the Library’s special new spaces for research and professional development. collections, a brand new reading room for Louisiana and Follow the Library on flickr to see the renovation work Special Collections, a gallery space to display in progress. The Library’s screen name is: Earl K. Long collections, new work rooms for special collections Library - University of New Orleans. The project begins processing and materials preservation, office space for January 25, 2016 and is contracted to be completed in resources processing and Library technology 288 days. (cataloging, database maintenance, acquisitions, serials, systems, and digital project), new group study rooms, three new electronic classrooms (digitization lab, information literacy classroom, and a shared classroom for information literacy and faculty development), and new carpeting for Library Administration. The Library will also host the
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