October 17-19 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Monday, October 17, 2016

A103 - Discovery Apps & Plug-Ins

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
John Andrews, Services Librarian, Washoe County Library System
Trey Gordner, Founder/CEO, Koios
Joseph Sanchez, Director, Mesa County Libraries
Ben Rawlins, Director of Library Services, Georgetown College

Hear about three different approaches to discovery! Washoe County Library System partnered with Koios to launch a novel service: a browser plug-in that adds results from the library to search engines and ecommerce sites. If a patron using Koios (even on a PAC) views an item on Amazon, for example, Koios links to the same item in the library holdings. Speakers discuss their experiences, including the rollout process, marketing and promotion strategies, and user adoption data over the course of the project from both the library and vendor perspective. Sanchez discusses Wild Colorado, a unique state-wide wildlife discovery application developed by Mesa County Public Libraries. It had the highest successful library kickstarter to date and positions libraries to expand their services and patronage in ways never before possible. Learn about the rationale and process behind this revolutionary library endeavor as well as community engagement. With more and more students coming equipped with mobile devices, Rawlins talks about working in collaboration with teaching faculty from three different departments (English, World Languages, and Graduate Education) to develop a research tool so students have access to a mobile app, Research Genius, with the tap of an icon. It provides students with an introduction to what it means to do academic research, what is involved in the research process, and how to properly cite sources and avoid plagiarism. Hear about the different frameworks used to develop this app as well as our plans for the app moving forward.

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