I came away from this year’s Innovative Users Group conference with lots of good, practical information that I can readily put to use at my library. Here are four sessions I found especially helpful:
2) Print Templates 101
Carla Myers and Shad Harder from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs provided a terrific introduction to Print Templates in Millennium. As a new user of print templates, this was exactly what I needed. The best part of this session was the LibGuide that they created that has explicit step-by-step instructions (including lots of screenshots) on how to create, edit, and use print templates. If you are somewhat intimidated by those Java expressions in iReport, I highly recommend this resource!
3) Create Lists: Beyond the Basics
Richard Jackson’s advanced class on Create Lists was invaluable. I finally understand how to use regular expressions in Lists! Richard explained complicated Boolean concepts using simple language and clear illustrations. Check out his slides on the IUG conference site, and also his very useful handout on regular expressions in the IUG clearinghouse.
4) Google analytics: Beyond the Code
After attending this session, I’m definitely going to be adding Google analytics to our WebPAC. Robert Sebek from Virginia Tech provided lots of detailed information on how they are using Google analytics to track user behavior in their OPAC. Here are some of the ways they are using the data:
- Outgoing links show how many e-books are being found in the catalog.
- Referring sites show where users start from: the library home page, Summon, etc.
- Search engine queries can be identified – what words are being used to find the catalog and/or library home page.
- Search terms can be analyzed and common mis-spellings identified. These can then be “corrected” by enhancing catalog records with added entries (i.e. 246’s).
Robert’s slides contain a wealth of information and can be downloaded at the conference website.
Thanks to all the IUG presenters for a really useful conference – you have given me lots of great ideas, and made my job much easier!