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WorldCat Local Lists: Helping Faculty Connect Students to Library Resources Amanda Binder University of Illinois Springfield

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This presentation explores potential uses of WorldCat Local Lists by faculty and students. Presented at WorldCat Local User Group meeting in Chicago on March 8, 2012.

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WorldCat Local Lists:Helping Faculty Connect Students to Library


Amanda BinderUniversity of Illinois Springfield

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Evolution of an Idea

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Centralizing (De)centralizedCourse Materials

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• Faculty

• Students

• Librarians

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Sample Course ListList Title



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Top 5 Ways to Use Lists

• Link from syllabi and Blackboard• For particular assignments, courses, students• Have students create and share lists with you

of possible sources they could use for research papers/projects

• For collaborating with colleagues on research for a course or other professional project

• To bookmark resources for future use

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Why Use Lists?

• Provide students with direct access to online resources from library databases

• Provide students with direct access to placing I-Share and ILL requests

• Allow you to assign “notes” to each resource• Easy to manage content (delete, edit) without

updating syllabi• Easy to share with students and colleagues

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How to Create Lists

1. Create free account through WorldCat.org2. Create list for particular course, assignment,

student, subject or project(save as “public” list to share with others)

3. Search for course materials and add to list4. Click on “Share”, copy URL and post in

Blackboard and syllabus

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Promotional Materials

• Flyer• Slideshare Presentation • Sample Course List

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Getting Started…

Start at Library Home Page:

Click on “My Lists”

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Promoting to Faculty

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Promoting to Faculty

• Library Open House for Faculty• Library Blog for Faculty• Library Workshops for Faculty (30 minutes)• E-mails to Faculty• Word of Mouth

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Questions from Faculty

• Can you link directly to electronic reserves?• Does this replace reserves?• How can you link to websites or web pages?

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How are faculty using it?

• Testing Spring 2012 semester• Assigning students to create lists of potential

resources for research assignments• Professional and personal research • Share required course readings

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Appeal of Using the Lists

• “The convenience for students to create a centralized location for their research projects”

• “It was easy for me to direct students to reading, and it was easier for me to collect sources from different databases in one place. Even if I were using just one database, I thought it was easier to use the lists than a similar function in the databases. It seems more stable.”

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Potential Disadvantages

• Does not include content from all library databases

• Students may avoid using databases for their research that are not linked to the lists

• Lists must be public in order to share them

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Amanda BinderVisiting Instructional Services LibrarianBrookens LibraryUniversity of Illinois [email protected] 217-206-8458