Thursday, August 5, 2010

Day 2: Joy in the learning

The first day of a conference was the most content rich. It began with a 5K run with Adam (St. Francis) and Corey (Geneseo), both members of TAG, whom I've met the day before; we started at 6:30am. Yikes! We ran it in 22 minutes.

Then it's breakfast and off to the keynote speaker and opening session; then a day filled with a variety of presentations.

How to you absorb it all? May I suggest taking notes on a laptop or iPad?

I used to take copious paper notes, which I never, ever looked at again. In addition, it made it difficult to share. And let's face it, paper isn't green. For example, the notes were taken electronically (in a word document), they are easily shared here:

==== BEGIN DAY 1 NOTES ======

IDS Keynote: Buy only what you need: Demand-driven acquisition as a strategy for academic Libraries

Michael Levine-Clark, Collections Librarian, University of Denver

1. Don't librarians know best?

After data analysis, Denver discovered if item wasn't used 4 or more times within 5 years, it wasn't going to get used. Some tweets in response:

audience tweets:

cyriloberlander we are more accountable for budgets, and 47% no use doesn't look good. #idsconf10

AnyaNArnold "Turning shelf space into people can we justify keep an item that is only used once in ten years" #IDSCONF10

==Developing a DDA Plan for Denver University==

· 1. Jan 2009: Begin convesation with Blackwell

· 2. Spring 2009: Begin conversation with EBL

· 3. Summer/Fall 2009: EBL/Blackwell plaform development

· 4. Dec 2009: YBP/Blackwell announce merger

· 5. Jan 2010: Begin conversation with YBP

· 6. Spring 2010: Implemement DDA with EBL

· 7. Spring 2010: Plan DDA with YBP

· 8. Summer 2010: YBP/EBL Negotiations.

The EBL Model

- First five minutes: free

- First three uses: STL (short term loans/rentals) 1 or 7 days (cost of loan is 10 - 20%)

- Fourth use: purchase


oodja EBL Model (eBook LIbrary): 1st 5 mins free-browsing, 1st 3 uses short term loan, 4th use= purchase #idsconf10 47 seconds ago reply

cyriloberlander Model may be developed has a free 5 min view, first 3 uses,STL 1 or 7 days, fourth use; purchase / most use is 5 min. browse ebook #idsconf10 58 seconds ago reply

Most often, doesn't get past one or two days resulting in significant cost savings plus item not taking up valuable space.

==University of Denver Plan==

- Print and Electronic Plan

- YBL and EBL

- Slips

-- no fiction or textbooks

-- discovery through the catalog

- POD (eventually)

==User Experience==

- Catalog (ebook and print book)

- Landing page (designed by EBL, links to both versions, more information)

- e Book platform (eBook, link to catalog for print (eventually)


- MARC Records loaded loaded (based on YBP slip notifications)

- Requests routed through Acquisitions

- Acquisitions places order (YBP or Baker & Taylor)

- NBook received

- Patron notified

- Future: drop ship to patron


(is currently in pilot)

- Feedback Form (print)

- at request

- at delivery

- Slip "ordering" (print)

- Use Data (print and electronic)

- Overlap of p and e

Cyril Oberlander, SUNY Geneseo

GIST is about:

- Enable user initiated purchasing

- Impoving strategy

User Interface for GIST at Geneseo

- Highly customizable

- Status specific (faculty (with purchasing recommendation option, students, staff, etc.)

- Context sensitive

o Standalone w/ISBN search

o Default loan Form

o Open URL

o Book Chapter Form

- Smart components a la carte (Easy to turn a widget on or off, select widgets at will.)

Both User and Staff interface customizable


=ILLiad / ILL Request Form – User also sees

WorldCat API checks library availability.

Google API shows preview of item

HACHI Trust (available to whole world)

Index Data

Amazon API gives review information and offers link to purchase their own copy via Amazon

Purchasing options (for example, better world books)

=Bringing users into conversation with customizable feedback

For Geneseo, purchase equals Acquisitions in Doc Del

=ILLiad 8 Can Create a Category for Acquisitions

-then only those who need to watch acquisitions i.e., Acquisitions staff.

=ILLiad Addons

INSTALLING GIST (see detailed documentation @

- Backup current ILLiad Web Directory

- For hosted server, log in with an ftp client and download a copy of the web directory to your computer

- Download the current version of GIST:

o Extract file to ILLiad web directory (or the NVTGC directory for shared, multiple sites)

o If get a warning regarding overwriting web.config file, then click NO

o You will need to open the web.config (see Mike)

o Obtain an Amazon web services key, an amazon secret key (same page) and a worldcat API key

§ Http://


§ Also review the google book serach api branding guidelines

o Ente the keys

o GIST.config

§ Configure varius widgets (see

§ Define/configure group members and labels

§ Define estimated delivery time in days

ILLiad Addons

Travis Stokes, Atlas Systems Developper

They can eliminate step of opening up browser and performing search

-Can appear on user form and/or request form

- Request Form (Transaction , Usr, and Lender Info)

-User Form (User)

== What features are avaialble? Well, you can add:

- Forms

- Form Elements (CheckEdit, ComboBoxEdit, ListBox, MemoEdit, RadioGroup, TextEdit)

- Browsers

- Grids

- Easy to user wrapper classes

- Data Access (SQL or OleDb)

o Internal

o External

o Connection Creator/Dbcs files

- Library Support

o Atlas, AtlasHelpers

§ StringSplit (delimiter, text)

§ UrlEncode(str)

§ UrlDecode(str)

- Shared Addons

== Minimum Requirements

- Folder is in Addons directory that coresponds to your new addon

- A config.xml file that has a minimum of info (

- At least one LUA


- Customization key does not exist by default; Cusomizaion key : AddonDirectory


Addon is a LUA file

Use Notepad ++ to edit LUA file

Based on .net framework

Function name = init()

n Create page elements

-Create form

-Create button

- Grab grid control, set event, (makes it so that when you click on any row, method gets called.)

- Loads data access classes; stores classes in ole db type to LUA variable

-Creates connection object, creates query, executes query, populates grid,

-Sets up columns (how it displays)

Another librarian took notes on his blog:

==== END DAY 2 NOTES ======

In addition to full-blown presentations, there are also poster sessions such as this one:

In the evening, we eat, play wiii Rock Band

seriously), have a sing along, and imbibe. Here's the evidence:

So you can see, there is a lot happening:

  • Take advantage of it and attend presentations that will help you with what you do; and
  • Try to record what you learn; it will help you remember; and if there is something that is especially useful to others, you will be able to easily share it.
You may be a little tired at the end of the day...but you will also be on an adrenaline high -- especially if the conference committee did a respectable job selecting presenters.

1 comment:

  1. I see you were totally rockin' out Dave, great fun while learning and sharing at a conference!! Very nice...