Tammy Allgood Wolf is currently an Associate Librarian and the Manager of Discovery Services at Arizona State University Libraries. She is responsible for providing leadership in the development, implementation, and assessment of policies, practices, and technologies designed to enhance information discovery and sharing.
Quarantined: The Fletcher Library Game Project.
Library One Search (Summon) Usability at ASU
(Preprint.) Today's college and university learning landscapes are dynamic and
characterized by increased student demand for highly flexible and self-paced online learning opportunities. Recent fiscal conditions in higher education make learning landscape development more challenging due to finite resources and competing priorities. Similarly, academic libraries are experiencing substantial budget and staff reductions. Despite these trends, academic libraries are in a strong position to contribute to surrounding learning landscapes by expanding student online learning opportunities and promoting the critical use of information. Evolving learning technologies available for free or at low cost provide higher education and libraries with the tools to respond to this fluid environment.
Invited presenter for ALA Annual Conference, 2008.
Leveraging Drupal for your business:
Use Drupal to power your business -- hear case studies and learn about adapting to open-source technology.
Libraries are growing into new joint entities -- the library as a place, and the library as a resource. Library websites serve as a resource, delivering tools for learning to patrons and students in an academic setting. Drupal is an ideal tool for facilitating the specialized tasks that many library developers have to complete.
In this session, attendees will learn about:
1. Using the built-in architecture of Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 to meet the goals of library
2. The 10 best modules for library websites.
3. 10 recommended theming techniques for common library interfaces.
4. New expectations of library websites as gathered from user surveys and usability
5. Example set-ups of Drupal sites for common library settings and staff organizations.
6. Successful case studies of major library websites run on Drupal.
7. Tips for useful library-specific usability studies with library users and students.
Attendees will come away from this session with a firm understanding of quality library sites as tools, and what many users are growing to expect. They will also learn how to set up a Drupal website for a library, and successful ways to meet the specific resource needs of their organizations.
The archived event website can be accessed here.
Thinking Outside the Box Office: A Learning Object for Curriculum Resources or Blockbuster Meets Academia
This presentation describes a learning object for the management of curriculum resources that specifically provide customized access to alternative materials for students' use in course projects and assignments. Developed through the collaboration of a content provider and a designer, this reusable tool incorporates feature films for use in academic coursework. The content provider can update data in real-time and students using the database can sort results according to different points of access (by title, by theme, etc.).
Business Ethics in the Movies (a database and web site) is demonstrated and the context for the creation of this data management tool is discussed. Other possible applications of the database template are also presented.
Podcasting Presentation given at AZLA, 2007
Presentations describing the steps involved in a library website redesign are ubiquitous. Most redesigns involve exhaustive plans, dense reports, and thorough documentation of site requirements. When the website is perfected, this brand new site is rolled out to users. This is often a lengthy process.
The principals of Agile development champion interactions over processes, working software over comprehensive documentation and responding to change over following a plan. These methods encourage small, iterative changes on a rapid development and delivery cycle. This allows developers to respond to needs more quickly and decreases the cognitive load on users while allowing them to more easily adapt to change.
This presentation makes the case that library websites should adopt Agile practices. Small improvements through iterative changes allow users to adapt and increase user satisfaction.