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Thursday, November 6 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Implementing a Library Reading List Tool in a Learning Management System

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Digital textbooks, social media, video content. It seems as if instructors are moving everything into online and hybrid classrooms except for the resources of the library! How can librarians bring the world of quality databases, ebooks, and other digital resources from the library’s discovery system easily and directly into the online learning environment? This presentation will showcase how a plug-in for learning management systems (e.g., Moodle, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Sakai, Canvas) adds unprecedented functionality for online course instructors: the ability to create reading lists of library materials without ever having to leave the course site. The plug-in allows instructors to create library reading lists without grappling with permalinks, proxy prefixes, or PDFs, leveraging the value of the library discovery system in a frictionless environment. This presentation will show how Santa Rosa Libraries collaborated with EBSCO to develop a tool that allows instructors to create reading lists embedded within Moodle. The reading list points to the library’s discovery system, EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), allowing one-click full-text access for students. The tool also enables instructors to annotate reading list items and copy other reading lists created at Santa Rosa.

This presentation will discuss the reading list tool implementation at Santa Rosa, including:

  • How educators can create and manage course reading lists right from the libraries’ Learning Management System (LMS).

  • How the tool engages entities outside the library for development and promotion, while embedding the library in the university’s virtual community.

  • How staff can view statistics, including which institutions’ courses and educators are using the tool and how many readings are included.

The Reading List plugin is an LTI Tool Provider 1.0, and is compatible with any learning management system that is LTI-compliant. The list of compliant LMS's includes Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, and Desire2Learn. The tool was built using the discovery system’s API and the LTI protocol. Attend this presentation to see how the library is directly embedded in the online learning management system!


Dave Edwards

Director, Discovery Service Engineering, EBSCO Information Services
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Alicia Virtue

Electronic Services Librarian, Santa Rosa Junior College
Alicia Virtue is the Electronic Services Librarian for Santa Rosa Junior College, responsible for library web services and library systems administration of a multi-campus community college library in California. Alicia was the recipient of a Library Journal Movers & Shakers award... Read More →

Thursday November 6, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm EST
Cypress Grand Ballroom, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401