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CODE4LIB March 2016

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Re: personalization of academic library websites

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Bennett Ponsford <[log in to unmask]>

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Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:26:54 +0000

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Thanks muchly.  bcp

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Bennett Claire Ponsford  |  Digital Services Librarian
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-----Original Message-----
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ken Varnum
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2016 3:20 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] personalization of academic library websites

I don't have much context for whether these stats show amazingly high usage, or pathetically low.... But here are summary data:

So far this year (since 1/1/2016), 2111 distinct users added at least one thing to their Favorites list. 378 distinct users have added a tag to one or more items.

Since the start of the current system (three years ago, roughly March 1, 2013), about 15,000 users have saved at least one favorite item; just over
3000 users have added at least one tag to one item.

We migrated data in from our previous system, bringing total usage (since roughly 2010) to 33,700 users with at least one item in their favorites account; 14,000 with at least one tag on one item.



--
Ken Varnum
Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Learning Analytics Library Information Technology | University of Michigan Library [log in to unmask] | @varnum | 734-615-3287 http://www.lib.umich.edu/users/varnum

On Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 1:59 PM, Bennett Ponsford < [log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Ken, what has been the usage of this?
>
> We've been actively getting out of the "bookbag" business, encouraging 
> our people to use RefWorks or EndNote or other citation management 
> software to save individual article and book level data.  We don't 
> really offer anything for journals or databases.  We've been burned in 
> the past with data loss when a product goes down or with migrating 
> large quantities of data from one product or the other.
>
> So, I'm curious about how much it is used, and what has been the 
> feedback from your users?  I know I'd get a lot of pushback if I 
> suggested it, so I'd also be interested in what, if any, problems you've run into.
>
> Bennett
>
>
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> Bennett Claire Ponsford  |  Digital Services Librarian 
> [log in to unmask]
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf 
> Of Ken Varnum
> Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 3:43 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] personalization of academic library websites
>
> We have something like this; a "favorites" tool that lets logged-in 
> users save individual items from the catalog, ArticlesPlus (our 
> Summon-based article discovery interface), databases (from our 
> database finder) and journals (from our journal finder) to their 
> account. You can organize them into folders, and export lists of 
> citations. The tool uses the campus single sign-on system (CoSign); 
> since the campus allows anyone to set up a "friend" account with just 
> an email address, anyone can create a library account and save things. 
> This free Friend account does not, of course, provide access to our 
> licensed content, though you can search freely -- clicking the full 
> text link will not succeed unless you are affiliated with the University of Michigan.
>
> You can read more about Favorites at
> https://www.lib.umich.edu/my-account/favorites/faq , and if you want 
> to try it out, set up a Friend account -- instructions are provided by 
> our campus IT group  at http://www.itcs.umich.edu/itcsdocs/s4316/
>
>
> --
> Ken Varnum
> Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Learning Analytics 
> Library Information Technology | University of Michigan Library 
> [log in to unmask] | @varnum | 734-615-3287 
> http://www.lib.umich.edu/users/varnum
>
> On Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 3:14 PM, Valerie Forrestal < 
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > These examples are fantastic! Thanks for the write-ups!
> >
> > I think a real value add to this kind of service would be some sort 
> > of bibliographic tool. If students could save article 
> > citations/links in the system, create lists of books/articles for 
> > each paper they write, and export bibliographies from that, I they 
> > would have a near-seamless research process. Don't know if that's 
> > possible though. Many students find current bibliographic/resource 
> > management software extremely hard to use, so they settle for 
> > citation generators instead. And this could solve the problem of 
> > them having to email article links to themselves to find those same articles later. One stop shopping, as it were.
> > /ramble
> >
> > ~val
> >
> > Valerie Forrestal
> > Web Services Librarian/Asst. Professor City University of New York 
> > College of Staten Island Library
> > 2800 Victory Blvd., 1L-109I
> > Staten Island, N.Y. 10314
> > Phone: 718.982.4023
> > [log in to unmask]
> >
> >
> > On 3/23/2016 2:55 PM, Eric Lease Morgan wrote:
> >
> >> On Mar 23, 2016, at 6:26 PM, Mark Weiler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >>
> >> I'm doing some exploratory research on personalization of academic
> >>> library websites. E.g. student logs in, the site presents books 
> >>> due dates, room reservations, course list with associated course 
> >>> readings, subject librarians.  For faculty members, the site might 
> >>> present other information, such as how to put material on course
> reserves, deposit material into
> >>> institutional repository, etc.   Has anyone looked into this, or tried
> it?
> >>>
> >> I did quite a bit of work on this idea quite a number of years ago, 
> >> measured in Internet time. See:
> >>
> >>    MyLibrary@NCState (1999)
> >>    http://infomotions.com/musings/sigir-99/
> >>
> >>    The text describes MyLibrary@NCState, an extensible
> >>    implementation of a user-centered, customizable interface to a
> >>    library's collection of information resources. The system
> >>    integrates principles of librarianship with globably networked
> >>    computing resources creating a dynamic, customer-driven front-end
> >>    to any library's set of materials. It supports a framework for
> >>    libraries to provide enhanced access to local and remote sets of
> >>    data, information, and knowledge. At the same, it does not
> >>    overwhelm its users with too much information because the users
> >>    control exactly how much information is displayed to them at any
> >>    given time. The system is active and not passive; direct human
> >>    interaction, computer mediated guidance and communication
> >>    technologies, as well as current awareness services all play
> >>    indispensible roles in its implementation.
> >>
> >>
> >>    MyLibrary: A Copernican revolution in libraries (2005)
> >>    http://infomotions.com/musings/copernican-mylibrary/
> >>
> >>    "We are suffering from information overload," the speaker said.
> >>    "There is too much stuff to choose from. We want access to the
> >>    world's knowledge, but we only want to see one particular part of
> >>    it at any one particular time."... The speaker was part of a
> >>    focus group at the North Carolina State University (NCSU),
> >>    Raleigh, back in 1997... To address the issues raised in our
> >>    focus groups, the NCSU Libraries chose to create MyLibrary, an
> >>    Internet-based library service. It would mimic the commercial
> >>    portals in functionality but include library content: lists of
> >>    new books, access to the catalog and other bibliographic indexes,
> >>    electronic journals, Internet sites, circulation services,
> >>    interlibrary loan services, the local newspaper, and more. Most
> >>    importantly, we designed the system to provide access to our most
> >>    valuable resource: the expertise of our staff. After all, if you
> >>    are using My Yahoo! and you have a question, then who are you
> >>    going to call? Nobody. But if you are using a library and you
> >>    have a question, then you should be able to reach a librarian.
> >>
> >>
> >>    MyLibrary: A digital library framework & toolkit (2008)
> >>    http://infomotions.com/musings/mylibrary-framework/
> >>
> >>    This article describes a digital library framework and toolkit
> >>    called MyLibrary. At its heart, MyLibrary is designed to create
> >>    relationships between information resources and people. To this
> >>    end, MyLibrary is made up of essentially four parts: 1)
> >>    information resources, 2) patrons, 3) librarians, and 4) a set of
> >>    locally-defined, institution-specific facet/term combinations
> >>    interconnecting the first three. On another level, MyLibrary is a
> >>    set of object-oriented Perl modules intended to read and write to
> >>    a specifically shaped relational database. Used in conjunction
> >>    with other computer applications and tools, MyLibrary provides a
> >>    way to create and support digital library collections and
> >>    services. Librarians and developers can use MyLibrary to create
> >>    any number of digital library applications: full-text indexes to
> >>    journal literature, a traditional library catalog complete with
> >>    circulation, a database-driven website, an institutional
> >>    repository, an image database, etc. The article describes each of
> >>    these points in greater detail.
> >>
> >> Technologically, the problem of personalization is not difficult.
> >> Instead, the problem I encountered in trying to make a thing like 
> >> MyLibrary a reality were library professional ethics. Too many 
> >> librarians thought the implementation of the idea challenged
> intellectual privacy. Alas.
> >>
> >> —
> >> Eric Lease Morgan
> >> Artist- And Librarian—At-Large
> >>
> >> (574) 485-6870
> >>
> >
> >
> > ________________________________
> > Support CSI students each time you shop with Amazon Smile< 
> > https://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-3683723>
> >
>

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