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Friday, October 25, 2002 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Room 407, Library
Oklahoma City Community College - Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma ACRL Chapter held its fifth annual fall conference on October 25, 2002 at the Oklahoma City Community College campus.
The conference’s first presenter described how she directed a project that modified Texas Information Literacy Tutorial, or TILT, into Searchpath, a tutorial designed to improve upon TILT. Some goals of the TILT-to-Searchpath project were to shorten the page lengths, provide a direct and informal tone, and avoid the use of slang and library jargon. Ms. Jayne tried to make the product visually interesting through pleasing color schemes, color-coded modules, and by balancing the use of graphics and content.
Interactivity was important in order to help users learn by doing. Ms. Jayne incorporated into Searchpath interactive library online catalog searches. Although she hoped to incorporate interactive periodical abstract searches into the tutorial, she was unable to obtain permission to do so. Ms. Jayne would like to make additional use of interactive games, despite the fact that the software needed to do so can present problems for developers and users. Searchpath incorporates interactive quizzes designed to reinforce tutorial subject matter and provide proof of tutorial completion.
One major Searchpath change was to make some of the information accessible without use of Flash Player software. The problems with using this software are that not all users are able to access this product and some computers will be able to run it only very slowly.
The library purchased a product named “Survey Solutions,” and the librarians have made this available to tutorial users in order to obtain feedback about the tutorial. The survey has not been available long enough to generate a sufficient amount of data to analyze.
Ms. Jayne was very complimentary of TILT’s designers for creating an excellent product and for paving the way for the development of Searchpath.
Mr. Gibson presented a mini-workshop focused on the topic of shifting from traditional bibliographic instruction within a library setting to information literacy that connects all the players on campus in a learning culture. He organized his workshop around three considerations:
Conference summary by Board Member Sherry Young.
Last Update: 9 December 2002
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