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Dr. Hahn Audio Transcript
RESEARCH & TEACHING IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Department of Educational Psychology, & Ubiquitous Learning Institute
Orientation in the palm of your hands: Using mobile apps and new student library orientation
My name is James Hahn and I’m the Orientation Services and Environments Librarian. I work in the Undergraduate Library and primarily what I do is help transition new students to university studies through tours and reference services primarily to first year undergraduate students. For the Transformations talk, really, it’s uhm, it’s a talk about three projects we have going in the undergraduate library. One is an iPad use study by first year students, these were students from the Liberal Arts and Sciences and they borrowed an iPad for a week and then they did focus groups with us and they told us some things about how they used the iPad for course use and we also got some good ideas out of that for apps to develop and we can also model some of the prototypes that we have that students thought might be useful for library services and just campus wide. The second study is ahhh is ahhh is a rapid use study of an app that we developed in the libaray and it’s called Library Helper and it’s sort of like library GPS and it guides students to books in the library. So we will talk about how to study that, how to get feedback and improve apps that you have developed and also some findings on how students approach library navigation and also some of the recommendations services that they thought would be useful in the stacks. Finally, the modular app design that we are starting to work towards in the spring semester is sort of to design where each component part of the app is a module and it is sort of packaged in a way that we can extend or configure the functions in different schools. This app was kind of designed to go to other schools and be implemented in other libraries, other school systems that have libraries and we will have one of our student programmers actually do some hands on showcasing how the various modules of an app work together to help students integrate library resources into their coursework.