Category Archives: Monday

A102: Apps, Sites, & Tools

Track A: (International Ballroom Center) —  Discovery, Navigation, & Search – Monday 23 October 
11:30 – 12:15

Our eagle-eyed industry watcher talks about how to find good apps and shares a number of apps that library customers, info pros, and newbies will want to check out. He also shares the top sites and tools that info pros and searchers will be anxious to try. Come and benefit from his vast knowledge and gather tips and tools to share with others.

Presented by: Gary Price

B102: Rockin’ the Small Screen: Video in the Library

Track B: (International Ballroom East) —  Web Site Usability & Functionality – Monday 23 October 
11:30 – 12:15

Video on the web is one of today’s hottest social networking trends. But what can online videos do for your library? Why use video on your library’s website and social media channels? This presentation explores the reasons behind making videos to promote your library and to engage with your customers. Come explore ways to use video for outreach and learning through a variety of case studies, discover tips on what types of content works best, and learn what to consider when planning for and implementing a video presence at your library.

Presented by: David Lee King

E102: Is It Real or Is It VR? Exploring AR & VR Tools

Track C: (Lincoln)  —  Internet@Schools – Monday 23 October 
11:30 – 12:15

Explore the best of emerging apps and tools for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) and their potential in this introductory session. Consider a variety of apps and tools and how apps such Quiver, NYT VR, and Discovery VR can be incorporated into the library or curriculum in meaningful ways. How can libraries support the use of these tools, and what questions should we be asking? Lastly, identify ways libraries can be engaging in action research to further understanding of the impacts of VR and AR tools.

Presented by: Carolyn Foote

D102: Digital Immersion: VR & AR as Library Services?

Track C: (Jefferson) —  Virtual Worlds & Libraries – Monday 23 October 
11:30 – 12:15

In January of 2017, the McGill Library acquired an Oculus Rift, an HTC Vive headset, and a Microsoft HoloLens. These products were made available to students and faculty members through a library space called the Research Commons. The Research Commons already featured technology commonly found in library makerspaces such as 3D printers, 3D scanners, Arduino boards, Raspberry Pi kits, and a data visualization wall, but developing a library service involving virtual and augmented reality technology proved to be a challenge of its own. This presentation explores the difficulties faced by the McGill Library in developing a virtual and augmented reality-based library service. Hear about the many issues we ran into while building out this service, such as finding staff members who were comfortable working with the technology, and properly securing the various pieces of loose, expensive equipment. Learn about who the users of our new service are, how they use the library’s equipment for their own personal and academic projects and the various workshops and events held at the library to promote the service, and what type of response these events received. Get their opinion as to whether or not the attempt to bring virtual and augmented reality technology into the McGill Library was worthwhile.

Presented by: Michael Groenendyk

E103: Teaching Students to Distinguish Evidence From Argument

Track C: (Lincoln)  —  Internet@Schools – Monday 23 October 
12:30 – 13:30

When students pick up a nonfiction text, they tend to approach it either as offering an opinion or presenting evidence. In reality, sources contain both elements. Library instruction often assumes that when students evaluate sources, they naturally know how to distinguish between the two. Join our speakers for this hands-on session, where you can share your practices and explore new ways to teach this critical skill that often gets lost in the shuffle.

Presented by: Tasha Bergson-Michelson, Sara Zoroufy

B103: Successful Website Tools & Techniques

Track B: (International Ballroom East) —  Web Site Usability & Functionality – Monday 23 October 
13:30 – 14:30

Costello discusses the use of enthographic research and how to use this method to reach out and gather data to learn how people use our websites. She describes using the Harry Potter characters to represent styles—Hermione Granger’s (what we all hope and aim to teach), Ron Weasley’s (our reality sometimes), and more. Wisniewski describes the customer journey mapping technique and how it brings stakeholders together to determine priority actions. He shares a case study using his academic institution. Hinesley discusses the various tools and techniques used in a recent redesign of architecture and navigation at CSU’s website. Having a streamlined architecture based on actual user behavior and preferences is essential to the usability of a website and he shares lessons learned. Lavender discusses the redesign of the Michener Learning Resource Centre’s website, and the sites of related departments, through the lens of user experience.

Presented by: Deirdre Costello, Jeff Wisniewski, Kendall Hinesley, Graham Lavender

A103: Practitioners Panel: Search Tips & Millennial Searcher Secrets

Track A: (International Ballroom Center) —  Discovery, Navigation, & Search – Monday 23 October 
13:30 – 14:30

This fast-paced session features a panel of practitioners and a Millennial searcher who share their search techniques and strategies, approaches to fake news, and more. Adegoke starts with searching tips. With “post-truth” as Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year for 2016, and “fake news” pulling thousands of articles on Factiva, Affelt discusses IFLA’s infographic, Reuters editor-in-chief Steve Adler’s edict of best practices, and other techniques to assist public librarians helping patrons to avoid falling victim to scams and hoaxes; news librarians guiding reporters through the minefield of this Brave New World; academic librarians tasked with ensuring sound science and intellectual thought; and corporate or law firm librarians working on highstakes deals or litigation to avoid the “permanent exclusive” (first but wrong). Reamy describes the use of a number of text analytics approaches that range from comparing patterns of words that can distinguish fake news from real to categorizing the content of news more accurately and consistently, thus flagging inappropriate news.

Presented by: Kudirat Abiola Adegoke, Amy Affelt, Tom Reamy