Hi Ellen,

The event hasn't been held yet but it might be worth taking a look at what DevCSI are doing with their DevXS event and seeing what comes out of it after the fact.

The DevCSI initiative ( has run quite a few hackday events (inlcuding dev8D ) as part of an effort to build a stronger community of developers in HE in the UK and some of their events and challenges have been around library data. 

DevXS is their first major foray into trying the same idea with CS and other students but it might offer some ideas for events that could raise interest in longer term service learning projects or tackle specific tasks.


R. John Robertson
skype: rjohnrobertson
Research Fellow/ Open Education Resources programme support officer (JISC CETIS),
Centre for Academic Practice and Learning Enhancement
University of Strathclyde
Tel:    +44 (0) 141 548 3072
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] CIS students, service learning, and the library

I am wondering if anyone has experience working with students
(particularly CIS students) in service learning projects involving the
library. I am currently supervising four first-year students who are
working on a brief (10 hour) project involving the usability and
redesign of the homepage as part of a first year seminar course.
Obviously we won't get the whole thing done, but it is providing us with
some valuable student insight into what should be on the page, etc.

I anticipate the CIS department's first-year experience program will
want to continue this collaboration, so I'm trying to brainstorm some
projects that might be useful for future semesters particularly for
freshmen who are just beginning their course of study in computer
science, information technology, or information systems. This semester's
project was thrown together in only a few days and I would like to not
do that again! Ideas would be appreciated.

Best regards,


Ellen Knowlton Wilson
Instructional Services Librarian
Room 250, University Library
University of South Alabama
5901 USA Drive North
Mobile, AL 36688
(251) 460-6045
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