Everyone Has an (E)Book in Them: Teaching a Create Your Own Ebook Class

Lorena O'English, Washington State University Libraries

Abstract: In recent years there has been extensive discussion about the role librarians can play in working with library patrons who want to create their own new works, whether through makerspaces, crafting groups, etc. This presentation will describe the results of one librarian’s initiative to teach classes (“Create Your Own (Basic) Ebook Using Open Source Software”) on how to create and manage ebooks (with text and images) that can be read on smartphones, tablets, and ereaders. The presentation will include a description of the initiative as well as its successes, challenges, and possibilities for duplication.

Nuanced and Timely: Capturing Collections Feedback at Point of Use

Richard A. Stoddart, Oregon State University Libraries & Press
Jane Nichols, Oregon State University Libraries & Press
Terry Reese, Ohio State University


On behalf of my colleagues Jane Nichols and Terry Reese, I am excited to share our presentation slides for Online Northwest. We hoped to discuss ideas about research methodology and the use of this new survey tooldeveloped by Terry Reese with the in-person audience. What tool, you ask? --- Well, you will have to dive into the content to see but let's just say Mr. Reese's research tool allows libraries to insert an online survey in front of electronic journals. Boy-howdy that's pretty cool.

Since this is the Snowstorm Edition, we are happy to get feedback from Online NW attendees about the questions asked in our presentation. We also have already fielded a few phone calls and emails regarding this software and would be happy to talk with you about it in more detail if interested.

Additional context for this presentation is available from a previous talk that was done at the 2013 Charleston Conference. Those slides, a short video, and the proceedings are available here: http://hdl.handle.net/1957/44167

Responsive Web Design: A Future-Friendly Web Strategy

Christine Tawatao, Systems Librarian: Web Development/Support, University of Washington Libraries

Responsive Web Design: A Future-Friendly Web Strategy (click to view presentation)

In just a few short years, the range of web-enabled devices on our campuses has exploded. The University of Washington Libraries has adopted responsive web design (RWD) as a way to provide our content on whatever device comes our way. Learn why this is a good strategy for us, what tradeoffs are involved, why concise content is more important than ever, and strategies for conducting user research/testing to inform every step in the design process

Streaming Video Demands in the Face of Institutional Drift

Gabe Gossett, Librarian for Extended Education, Human Services, and International Studies, Western Washington University

Streaming Video Demands in the Face of Institutional Drift (click for video)


This presentation describes the sometimes confusing process of what we went through at Western Washington University when looking at offering streaming video services. It briefly addresses copyright issues, resources, and academic politics

Choose Your Own (Research) Adventure

Candise Branum, Director of Library Services, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

Abstract: Creating online activities that are actually engaging can be a challenge -- students with short attention spans often skim (or completely skip over) the content that librarian instructors painstakingly spend hours building. For those who have adopted the flipped classroom model, getting students to actively engage in the homework is a key component of the process, but can be difficult in real practice. In this presentation, you'll learn the benefit of creating your own online Choose Your Own Adventure using Google Forms or Inklewriter. With as many different paths or endings as you can write, these interactive lessons can be embedded into course management systems or subject guides to support online learners, and can also be used for learning assessment.

Choose your presentation here: http://writer.inklestudios.com/stories/8c3v