To Build or Buy: the tale of the Library à la Carte™ Open Source Project Public Deposited

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A poster presentation for the 2009 Annual American Library Conference

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  • In 2005 Oregon State University librarians set out on a quest to update their pathfinders. Through focus groups and surveys we found that students wanted course-driven guides as well as subject guides. The question then became, how can we enable our librarians to provide those guides? After many setbacks and detours, user studies, and development decisions, OSU Librarians developed Library à la Carte. Library à la Carte is a content management system that gives librarians a menu of choices for creating and collaborating on course assignment pages and subject guides that integrate Web 2.0 features, such as chat and RSS feeds with traditional library content, such as catalogs and article databases. In keeping with a local spirit of open source development, OSU librarians made Library à la Carte available for other libraries to try, install, adapt and use. The decision to release open source software has costs, benefits and challenges, which will be addressed in this poster session. Additionally, the presenters will illustrate the journey from concept to product, including data from the most recent usability studies and student evaluation and assessment. There will also be a live demonstration of Library à la Carte. Visit the project site at http://alacarte.library.oregonstate.edu/.
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