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Exercises


Collections

Title Description Contributor Affiliation Created File

Digital Collections Assessment

Students will examples from several types of digital collections for review.  For each example, students will write a narrative assessment of the content, organization, and potential users and uses.

Dr. Linda C. Smith

University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

Fall 2009

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Reference Collection Building- IPL (Children’s Collection Podcasts)

This project involves digitizing children's books or stories, reading the stories in audio files, and creating a podcast library of audio and visual children's stories, read aloud with colorful artworks from the books, that would be hosted on a Florida State University server and linked as a collection in the Internet Public Library. Students will organize, annotate, name, describe, and arrange this collection.

Dr. Lorri Mon

Florida State University

Fall 2008

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Reference Collection Building- IPL (Digital Artwork Collection)

This project involves creating a digital collection that would be hosted on a Florida State University server and linked as a collection in the IPL. Students will organize, annotate, name, research/describe, and arrange this collection, and provide metadata to help people find the artworks in Florida State University's website and in the IPL.

Dr. Lorri Mon

Florida State University

Fall 2008

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Reference Collection Building- Learning Community

A project for leading the creation of a variety of collections to help answer the questions and info needs of these users, from information about the information profession (professional resources, LIS related blogs, job-finding tools) to LIS education, information technology, and teaching resources.

Dr. Lorri Mon

Florida State University

Fall 2008

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Reference Collection Building- Second Life

This project involves reference collection-building in a variety of places in Second Life.

Dr. Lorri Mon

Florida State University

Fall 2008

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Scavenger Hunt with IPL Resources

A list of 15 questions for students to search the IPL collection to obtain answers. Students gain familiarity with the IPL’s digital collections, and in locating answers.

Dr. Eileen Abels

Drexel University

Fall 2008

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Reference & Information Services

Title Description Contributor Affiliation Created File

Chat Reference Transcript Analysis

Reference transcripts for use in small-group discussions where students analyze and critique the provision of reference service using chat.

Dr. Eileen Abels

Drexel University

Fall 2008

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Instructions (.doc)

Transcripts (.pdf)

Guided Research Module / Reference Interview

Students explore a complete process from the reference interview to completing a deliverable search package. Students will select a research client and review the client and needs with the instructor before beginning the research process. Searches must be substantive and require an extended reference negotiation. Searches are then performed and the results organized and presented to the client. An executive summary should be included and searches may be annotated and marked for added value.

Dr. Soojung Kim

University of Maryland

Fall 2009

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IPL Question Answering Assignment

An assignment to incorporate in a syllabus, asking students to answer between 4-8 reference questions and write a reflective paper. This exercise is available with deadlines and without deadlines.

Dr. Lorri Mon

Dr. Eileen Abels, Dr. Denise Agosto

Florida State University

Drexel University

Fall 2008

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Librarian-User Role Playing Activity

Instructions and two scenarios for students to role play as librarian and user for chat reference.

Dr. Eileen Abels

Drexel University

Fall 2008

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Instructions (.doc)

Scenario A (.doc)

Scenario B (.doc)

Needs Assessment

 

Students assess the information needs of a local public library, and determine how the IPL could better serve both library staff and users.

Dr. Denise Agosto

Drexel University

Fall 2008

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Reference and Information Services (Learning Community)

Projects for reference provision in the IPL Learning Community.

Dr. Lorri Mon

Florida State University

Fall 2008

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Reference and Information Services (Second Life)

Projects for reference provision in Second Life.

Dr. Lorri Mon

Florida State University

Fall 2008

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Searching

Students work in pairs on a variety of search exercises focusing on different search strategies, and prepare an individual portfolio detailing their searching. Class discussions will focus on question analysis, source selection, and search strategy development.

Dr. Soojung Kim

University of Maryland

Fall 2009

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Digital Libraries

Title Description Contributor Affiliation Created File

Digital Library Projects

Students will explore and share information on major digital library projects and provide an initial assessment and evaluation of the projects.

Dr. Xia Lin

Drexel University

Summer 2011

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Metadata & Standards

Students will describe one metadata schema, standard, or technology and discuss the purpose and significance of using the metadata to describe information resources.

Dr. Xia Lin

Drexel University

Summer 2011

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Digital Repositories

Students identify and review four digital repositories and then add their reviews to a digital repository collection. Finally, they will write a one-page summary on how they found and reviewed the repositories.

Dr. Xia Lin

Drexel University

Summer 2011

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Digital Library Usability Evaluation

This is a three week assignment in which the students work on a usability evaluation of the Internet Public Library (IPL) website. The class materials are delivered through a wiki and reinforced by weekly emails.

Dr. Mick Khoo

Drexel University

Spring 2011

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Other

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Competitor Analysis

Students conduct a competitor analysis on another service out there (i.e., Yahoo Answers or Librarians’ Index to the Internet) which is similar to or relevant to the IPL.

Dr. Soo Young Rieh

University of Michigan

Fall 2008

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Environmental Scan

Students develop and execute an environmental scanning plan to identify information technologies that might be incorporated into a digital library such as the IPL.

Dr. Soo Young Rieh

University of Michigan

Fall 2008

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Innovation Proposal

Students come up with innovative ideas that can advance the IPL for the next one or two years. A proposal can present new ideas of creating significant digital resources as well as development of tools and features while incorporating new technologies. A proposal should demonstrate how the suggested project ensures that the new ideas can promote access to the IPL resources and services.

Dr. Soo Young Rieh

University of Michigan

Fall 2008

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Issues and Trends in Information Access

Students investigate an issue or a trend in electronic information access, through a literature review and data gathering efforts. The research paper should attempt to predict future directions and include recommendations for future research.

Dr. Soojung Kim

University of Maryland

Fall 2009

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Online Tutorial Creation

With online tutorials increasing in popularity, students will identify a need for a tutorial, create a tutorial, and test and modify the tutorial with feedback from volunteers from the target audience.

Dr. Soojung Kim

University of Maryland

Fall 2009

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