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Friday, November 7 • 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Student Workers as Library Programmers: A Case Study in Automated Overlap Analysis

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This poster will describe a project to develop a simple automated way of analyzing the overlap between a library’s current holdings and any given list of titles (such as an e-book collection). This project, which was undertaken and completed by a student worker in the California Baptist University Electrical and Computer Engineering program, will be presented from two angles. One approach will describe the benefits to both the library and the student worker of applying the nascent programming expertise of computer science upperclassmen to the creation of automated solutions in the library. The other approach will use non-technical language to describe the project itself: developing a script to compare a list of titles against the library’s local ILS holdings for the purpose of identifying overlapping titles. The objective of the session will be twofold: to advocate for increased high-level use of student workers enrolled in computer science or computer engineering programs, and to share one simple, affordable way for libraries to assess the feasibility of large e-book packages. Attendees will be invited to share innovative ways they support student workers’ career aspirations by involving them in projects more advanced than typical tasks like shelving, circulation, scanning, etc.

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Matthew Goddard

E-Resources Librarian, Iowa State University
Some things that interest me: -- strategies for providing a superior user experience -- systems design that empowers rather than infantilizes -- improving library-vendor relations -- discovery evaluation and assessment -- practical applications of randomness.

Friday November 7, 2014 5:45pm - 6:30pm EST
Cypress Grand Ballroom, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401