RUSA MARS Management of Electronic Resources and Services (Machine-Assisted Reference Section) Committee
Our panel of presenters will engage the audience in a group discussion of best practices for implementing and assessing a robust library presence in the CMS environment. The attendees will benefit from an exploration of the challenges and advantages of integrating library services into university-wide systems and platforms. The session will focus on metrics of assessing the effectiveness of the library services in the CMS, including student participation, grades, GPA, and others. We will also invite interested parties to join our online community of practice, where we continue these important conversations. This discussion began at a RUSA MARS MERS ALA Annual Discussion forum in Las Vegas, NV 2014, “Libraries in the Course Management System: Best Practices and New Directions”. That discussion highlighted developments in the use of systems such as Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas Instructure, and Desire2Learn, by libraries to increase the visibility and access of library services and resources in the CMS. The Vegas discussion brought together librarians who had experience with large-scale integration of library resources in the CMS, or were interested doing so. We invite everyone to join the conversation at a follow-up session featuring speakers who will highlight the most recent developments in the integration of library resources and services into Course Management Systems.
Course Management Systems (CMS), such as Blackboard, Sakai, Canvas Instructure, and Moodle are ubiquitous in the classroom environment. These systems are bridging the gap between traditional, hybrid, and fully online classes, as most academic institutions have adopted the use of a CMS across a wide spectrum: from serving to keep track of administrative processes, such as grading and attendance, to being the main tool for organizing and communicating course information for both faculty and students. Libraries have responded by implementing a variety of services in the CMS, including LibGuides, chat widgets, discovery search tools, and more. Three academic library panelists will highlight their experiences and efforts to integrate research services into the CMS. We will engage the audience in a group discussion of best practices, assessment, and project management tips for implementing a robust library presence in the CMS environment. The attendees will benefit from exploring the challenges and advantages of integrating library services into university-wide systems and platforms.