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So, JISC has released a call for enhancing Library Management Systems. Interesting. From looking through the call it has plenty of scope but, due to the funding, only HEIs or FE Colleges with over 400 FTE HE learners can lead a bid. We have a number of these in our region so those colleges that are eligible, why don’t you put together a bid? Remember that the bid must be focussed on your HE learners and your HE provision. For this particular bid, consortia established solely for the bid are not encouraged to apply due to the short timescale (existing consortia can apply)
The call is split into 4 themes all focussing on different aspects of the JISC’s Enhancing Library Systems initiative.
Have you recently implemented a new Resource Discovery Service such as Primo or AquaBrowser? If you have, this theme is for you. There is up to 10k available for each project with approximately 5 to 8 projects sought.
Funding is provided towards the costs of implementing, using and evaluating the system and not the cost of purchasing the system
Themes B1 and B2
Although it is possible to bid solely for B1 (for which a maximum of £25k is available) JISC are encouraging bidders to work on both themes.
B1: Enhancing existing Online Public Access Catalogues
This theme is focussed on enhancing existing library catalogues and producing “How To” guides for other institutions to adopt. This may involve creating an “Amazon.co.uk” style Opac in liaison with your LMS supplier (however the supplier must not take more than 20% of the cost of the project), or incorporating collaborative tools such as Social Bookmarking. The aim for the project is for the information and code created to be sharable with other uses of the LMS.
Proposals should result in a significant overall enhancement to an existing OPAC
B2: Making library resources and services available outside library Web environments
For this part of the call you will need a software developer (for which some of the money available can be used to fund). A maximum of £40k is available to develop widgets and portals to embed the LMS into other institutional systems such as VLEs, Facebook, social networking sites etc…
Proposals are invited for projects which develop widgets and/or portlets to embed access to library resources and services within institutional, social and/or personal Web environments.
Theme C is focussed on exploring problem areas with LMS and highlighting their current limitations which restrict libraries from providing services as they would wish. There is a maximum of £5k available per case study which involves identifying the problem, illustrating how improved systems integration could enhance the learning experience and documenting any work-arounds that have been established.
It is intended that these case studies will be used as the basis of a number of workshops in which case study institutions will share their experiences.
The call can be found on the JISC website at:
If there’s anything the I can do to help bidders, please do get in touch.
In 2007/8 the RSCs were given funding for an Information Officers post whose role, for half of their time, is to seek and assist with authoring FE case studies for inclusion on the QIA Excellence Gateway. This work has resulted in a wealth of information being made available. Some of the library related case studies are below.
Loughborough College and West Nottinghamshire College: The search for single sign-on to electronic resources
Published: 2 April 2009
Following the withdrawal of JISC funding for ATHENS, the access and identity management system in July 2008, many FE colleges have been investigating alternative ways of accessing online resources. In this case study Loughborough College and West Nottinghamshire College have both successfully implemented Federated Access Management using Shibboleth technology to enable students to access various electronic resources by merely signing into their respective College networks.
Tresham Institute: Integrating two library collections
Published: 27 October 2008
Tresham Institute is a further and higher education college with campuses in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, and The Rutland College in Oakham, with nearly 3,000 full-time and 13,000 part-time students. The College is in the process of a major redevelopment project, the first stage of which is a brand new £20 million campus in Kettering that opened to students in September 2007 and combines the provision that was previously offered at two sites in the town.
Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College: Library system opens up new horizons
Published: 13 May 2009
Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College uses its new library system in an innovative way, which has benefited the College tremendously. From managing the library’s catalogue to assigning student locker keys, the new system has had a huge impact on the management of resources and improvement of student access to information.
Weymouth’s Learning Gateway improves behaviour
Published: 23 July 2008
Weymouth College set-up a “Learning Gateway” as part of a move towards creating a “learning” rather than a teaching environment. It involved setting up 180 workstations through which learners could access Moodle, both in timetabled sessions and on an open-access basis. The project has been so successful that, three years on, the College is looking at ways of developing it and putting it at the heart of a new build scheme.
Stafford College: LRC uses self-assessment toolkit
Published: 16 March 2009
Stafford College undertook a free self-assessment of its learning resource centre using a toolkit developed by the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (Colric) and the FE and HE group of Cilip (CoFHE). The tool provided a way of evaluating quality of service and served as a useful benchmarking exercise.
Harrogate College: RFID in the library
Published: 13 March 2009
RFID (radio frequency identification) systems are typically used in higher education libraries. This case study is an example of how RFID can work in a further education environment. RFID has many organisational advantages over using only a library management system, which can free staff time for a more personal library service.
Priestley College: How do you successfully develop your new learning space? Ask your students, of course!
Published: 13 March 2009
When Priestley College began to plan the redevelopment of its learning resource centre, it continued the culture of student involvement that exists within the College by asking students to help plan and create the new development. This case study describes how the JISC infoKit on ‘Planning and Designing Technology-Rich Learning Spaces’ was used as the starting point for ideas and planning, and how the finished development was the recognisable result of students’ ideas and plans.
Blackpool and The Fylde College: Rethinking spaces, rethinking staffing – new staff structure and roles for a technology-rich learning resource centre
Published: 13 November 2008
This case study focuses on how the staffing structure and roles have been redefined to meet the needs and challenges of ‘The Loop’, a new technology-rich library and learning resource centre at Blackpool and The Fylde College.
Northampton College: Embedding information skills into the curriculum
Published: 26 January 2009
Northampton College has offered structured Information Skills programme in selected courses of study that have seen the skill levels rise of those learners. For example, one review concluded that grades had risen by 5% on a module that relied solely on assessment by essay.
Peterborough Regional College: Making information retrieval sessions “wicked”
Published: 29 June 2009
‘Library+’ staff at Peterborough Regional College have developed an innovative approach to help students get to grips with using the Dewey Decimal system. Inspired by staff development training using interactive whiteboards, they have designed an activity-based interactive pairs game which is fun, engaging and effective in helping students search for course-relevant resources in the library.
Lambeth College: Subject Finder – supporting student research online
Published: 11 March 2009
Subject Finder was an original idea of Teum Teklehaimanot, a member of Lambeth’s Learning Resources team, when he was himself a student and considering options for a web design course project. The subsequent development of Subject Finder as an education-based web directory and search engine has also been driven by his personal interest and commitment to providing a student-friendly Internet search tool. It is now becoming an embedded tool within the College’s virtual learning environment to support Lambeth’s students across a variety of disciplines.
Henley College Coventry: IT Project Area focuses on learners’ needs
Published: 6 July 2009
The IT Project Area (ITPA) is part of a converged learning resources centre (LRC) service offering study support and audio and visual services. The ITPA reflects the learners’ needs and is very curriculum-focused with services, including one-to-one IT support sessions and a comprehensive LRC induction programme.
I’ve just spent some time having a look at the Case Studies that have been produced as part of the JISC Shared Infrastructure Services (SIS) Landscape Study and found some very interesting links and ideas.
My main gripe with the studies is that they are all text based and do take some working through. To hopefully make finding the information you require easier, I’ve tried to summarise some of the studies below and have extracted the links. Hope you find it useful.
Anne Welsh, LIS Lecturer – University College London
- Using WordPress (Blog) to distribute monthly acquisitions lists via RSS-express
- Using Twitter and Twitpic for posting brief news items and project progress
- Using koha Open Source Library System for a volunteer-run library in conjunction with LibraryThing
- A brief assessment criteria for adoption of Web 2.0 technologies
- Using Facebook to stay in touch with friends and students
- Using Pageflakes as a personal transferable homepage
- Using Wikis for documenting and updating procedures
- Building up “trust” on forums and discussion boards
Manish Malik, Senior Lecturer in Mobile and Wireless Computing – University of Portsmouth
Using Twitter in a number of ways:
- as a micro blogging tool with students for personal reflection
- combined with a Wiki to create a community of interest for learners with recognition of the privacy and data protection issues with using such mediums
- for pastoral care
- for personal CPD
- managing projects
In addition Manish uses Wikis:
- as a repository for open and shared working combined with Google Talk
- as a collaborative examination revision site
Professor Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University
- Blogging using Typepad
- Enhancing blogs using Gliffy, Flickr and YouTube
- Using Tumblr to keep track of references and resources
- Using Twitter for communications
- VLEs as a ‘walled garden’
- Posting presentations to Slideshare
- Experimenting with Xtranormal
Jamie Wood, Learning Development and Research Associate – University of Sheffield
Sheila Webber, Senior Lecturer – University of Sheffield
- Blogging about Information Literacy http://information-literacy.blogspot.com/
- Blogging about Second Life http://adventuresofyoshikawa.blogspot.com/
- Created an Information Literacy Pageflakes page http://www.pageflakes.com/informationliteracy/
- Using Del.icio.us to store links related to the use of Second Life in Libraries http://delicious.com/lilacsl/
- Using Ning as a social network
- Using blogs with learners for dissemination and for interaction around things of current interest
- Using Netvibes for aggregating interesting material
- Using Wikis for collaborating on content creation
- Using Second Life as a place for learning, teaching and communication
Paula Roush, Artographer – London South Bank University and University of Westminster
- Using Flickr to disseminate the outcomes of art projects
- Publishing art works through Lulu.com
- Using a combination of lifelogging platforms from wordpress to twitter, and live videostreaming including skype, webcamnow, oovoo, and TokBox
- Using Zotero in Firefox to collect, manage and cite research resources
- Created a full marking grid for an art placement project which incorporates the use of social media
- Using Twitter and Tweetdeck for communication
- Publishing using Issuu
- Working in Second Life
The University of Sheffield Library
- Undertaking a project “Evaluating Web 2.0 Technologies”
- Using WordPress (blog) to raise student awareness
- Using Twitter to post library news
- Using a Netvibes to help customers keep up to date with the latest news feeds and scholarly information sources
- Using Instant Messaging to support reference queries
- Developing an Information Skills showcase http://www.librarydevelopment.group.shef.ac.uk/showcase.html
Gareth Johnson, Information Library – University of Leicester
- Using a wordpress blog an informal place for all University of Leicester Library staff to share, debate, reflect and comment on matters relevant to their working activities
- Using Slideshare to post presentations online
- Using Google Docs to share and edit versions of documents with people scattered across the campus/country
- Using Twitter as a social and professional network
- Experimenting with Yahoo Pipes
- Evaluated Second Life
David Salvesen from IS Oxford has recently posted new information to the Heritage mailing list regarding Heritage online and it’s integration with Moodle. This looks like it could be an excellent development and I can’t wait to see it in practice. The email is below.
We are working on an API (Application Programming Interface) to Heritage Online that will permit information to be pulled from by other web-based applications e.g. VLEs such as Moodle or Sharepoint-based systems. Such technology, where a single ‘webpage’ draws information from a number of different sources is sometimes referred to as Web2.In the first release, our Web2 development will allow borrower information to be picked up e.g. number of loans, items overdue, items becoming due, but we will extend this further in future developments. The initial development work is underway with a test application providing data to both Moodle and Sharepoint. The release of this part is planned to be available in the Summer.
Two related developments will be Single Sign On (SSO) to avoid borrowers having to manually identify themselves to Heritage Online and changes to our licensing of Heritage Online. We will provide more information on these when we have it, most probably within the next two to three months.
I’ve just received a link to the TOCRoSS project that has been running over the last 18 months at Emerald and the University of Derby. The aim was to use RSS technology to automatically stream journal data into the Talis Library Management System which would enable the user to search more information about the journal directly from the opac.
Further information is available here: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/programme_pals2/project_tocross.aspx
The software is available from: http://sourceforge.net/projects/tocross
Is anyone using the system within the Northwest yet? If so, leave a comment on this post.