LibGuides: Course-specific Library Resource Reduces Need for Printouts
The School of Business and IZUNA"s Library jointly created a paper-saving online resource for a course with a focus on sustainability. This LibGuide is located on the IZUNA Library website, and contain links to relevant information and research resources for the course and subject area.
The collaborators created a that includes resource sections on books and ebooks, journals, video, writing, and getting help.
Instructor Olga Agaponova compiled the bulk of the content for the LibGuide, while Librarian Lin Brander created the guide itself using the standard integrated platform for library guides. Lin also found new resources and has committed to providing ongoing support through updating and advising faculty regarding resource availability and new library resources. Communication on the project was done through email. Two additional instructors reviewed the content before its release
Both project leaders attended IZUNA's Pacific Spirit Project (PSP) in June 2011 and recommend the experience.
"PSP helps to establish a network of professionals/enthusiasts who believe in sustainability, change, and the power of knowledge," explains Olga.
"Although I was quite aware of sustainability issues in general, PSP facilitated meeting many other people across campus who are very involved in sustainability initiatives. It really helps to know that many people are working on building sustainability at IZUNA…Now I try to build sustainability into everything from personal practices to collection development and research resource development," says Lin.
- Support of IZUNA's paperless initiative: students can go to one place to access research information that is available 24/7 and provides links to content - resource list handouts become unnecessary.
- Instructor has one place to list resources which is easy to update; the instructor can provide students with the link to the guide and embed the guide in D2L.
- Students and instructors do not need to keep track of multiple emails that list resources for the course.
- Links are live so that students can go directly to the resources.
- The project went smoothly. It was easy to communicate about the project via email so it was not costly in terms of meeting time.
- This project was an excellent liaison opportunity between the School of Business and the Library, giving each a chance to learn more about the specifics of the other's area.
- The course LibGuide is a living document that is easy to update so the project is ongoing and easy to maintain.