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[edit] Library 2.0 Presentations by University of Michigan Library Faculty and Staff

In reverse chronological order...

  1. "Findability: Information not Location." Computers in Libraries 2008. Mike Creech and Ken Varnum. April 9, 2008.
    Learn how to foster user-friendly digital information flows by eliminating silos, highlighting context and improving findability to create a unified web presence. Hear how the University of Michigan Libraries' (MLibrary) are reinventing the libraries' web sites to emphasize information over the path users previously took to access it. By elevating information over its location, users are not forced to know which library is the "right" starting place. The talk includes tips for your library web redesign process and user-centric design process. Link to slides.
  1. "MLibrary 2.0: Generating Enthusiasm for 2.0 Technologies in the Academy." Educause Midwest Regional Conference 2008. Laurie Alexander, Suzanne Chapman, and Julie Weatherbee. March 18, 2008.
    The University of Michigan's MLibrary 2.0 staff development initiative combined theoretical frameworks and practical skills, enabling library staff to make connections between services, users, and technologies. This series far exceeded expectation and has prompted us as a community to try new things and see new possibilities. Link to session details and slide presentation
  1. "User Responses to Social Bookmarking at MLibrary." Computers in Libraries 2009. Ken Varnum. March 31, 2009.
    MTagger, a social bookmarking tool, launched in the winter of 2008. MTagger allows users to tag a webpage on the library site or anywhere, and catalog records, or digital images. The tool was intended to enhance findability across collections and to expose ?hidden? collections. After launch, the service did not meet our expectations for use, so we embarked on usability testing. This talk covers the questions we asked, why we asked them, and how we're responding. Link to slides.
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