Wendy Chalmers and Jill Gravestock.
New library launched Oct 2007 – it’s THE library for OU students. As a digital library but also links to others.
Big change to content-managed site, dramatic drop in number of pages.
New technologies – Google Scholar and SFX; online collections by subject; and one-stop search for articles and more
Online collections by subject – students wanted subject-based browse. Subject librarians pick out collections specifically.
SFX – open URL resolver – link from an abstract to the full text via a db maintained by the library holding our eJournal subscriptions. So if visit Web of Science, there’s a ‘Find it at OU’ buttons – takes you seamlessly through to the full text. (This is very very good – saw it before in a Library presentation but it’s a great thing.) Also can access via Google Scholar. Go to ‘Preferences’, ‘Find in a library’, search for Open University – if you enable it, sets a cookie on your browser, so next time you find something in Google Scholar, you get a ‘Find it at OU’ button that transfers you to the full text.
One-stop search – federated search – this is another way cool thing. Searches something like 80% of our eJournals via a single interface. Divided by OU subject areas, doesn’t include legal databases (tech issue); can select subset of databases to search. (This presentation isn’t doing much justice to how cool this is IMO – going through all the options at length, but hasn’t actually shown the cool thing: a one-stop search over the majority of the Library’s eJournal.)
(The combo of these two is absolutely wonderful – if you want to search eJournals, have a single place to do it, and can link straight through to the full text. And usually without having to do any user/password gubbins beyond logging in to an OU machine. It’s like the journal search service you’d dream of – only issue is it doesn’t cover everything we hold, but almost-there gets you the vast majority of the benefit.)
Example from K214 Extending Professional Practice – frontline support workers in health and social care. Course section takes through finding relevant info using electronic information sources. Alas! Tech issues mean they can’t do the demo. That’s a real shame because it blew my socks off.
Can export refs to all sorts of things, including RefWorks.
s/o – an AL – just got broadband – the techie issue is their whole experience. Need to consider how robust it needs to be for people working in isolation. Most useful feature is ask a librarian.
Wendy – have tested on dialup, bit slower but does work.
Chris Pegler – has been OU student in past, used normal libraries – the frustrations of this don’t come close to those of a normal library up against time-pressure deadlines. Librarians On Call extremely useful if you get stuck, very human face of the library.
Patrick – Earning 2.0 title by linking out to systems outside in the world – is the aim to use systems outside like Google Scholar>
Other presenter – trying to embed the library in other services.
Patrick – What’s phase 2 going to offer? E.g. see what other people are engaging with – make library users’ actions available? (Like Amazon-style stuff?)
Presenter – yes would like to but system not avialable, but national stuff on the way.