I'll be speaking at Computers in Libraries 2008:


2:45-3:30 D304 Customizing Blackboard
Richard Cox, Digital Technology Consultant, & Lynda Kellam, Data Services & Government Information Librarian, The University of North Carolina
Barbara Kountouzi, Coordinator of Education & Research Services & Robert Cagna, Department Head, Access and Document Delivery Services, Biomedical Library, University of Pennsylvania
Cox and Kellam begin by describing the planning, development and implementation pushing library content into the Blackboard course management system. Developed by the Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department (ERIT) at the University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), this tool is built around a number of technologies and methodologies including SOAP Web services, ASP.NET, Java, AJAX, and Adobe Flex enabling the library to provide current, customized links to databases and e-journals at the course level. This application may be the first to integrate library content dynamically into Blackboard at this level and scale. Kountouzi and Cagna then look at how University of Pennsylvania Libraries have developed a Blackboard course for storing library training documents for sdttudent workers and new library staff, combined with Google Spreadsheets to allow for a collaborative scheduling environment – the ways, means, pros and cons.

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