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CIL2007: Innovative Tools for Reference Service

Posted by comartslibrarian on April 18, 2007

Presented by Tomalee Doan and Hal Kirkwood of Purdue University.

Kirkwood discussed two tools used at Purdue:

  • MyMel Toolbar — built using (now which works with Firefox and IE. Search catalog, OpenWorldCat, journal finder from toolbar. Allows links to other databases, RSS feed reader, email notification, weather info.Good usage: 603 downloads in 18 months. Since early April, their library is averaging 217 users, 750 transactions per day through the toolbar. This even works with Vista.

    The toolbar is a free service paid for by click-through ‘featured links’ displayed on a default web search. Searches of other sites, such as the catalog or journal finder are not cluttered with ads at this point.

  • CMAP — Free download that displays concepts visually.

Doan presented the following:

  • Footprints database used to track reference questions — links I found suggested this was free-to-try, but not freeware or open-source.
  • Mentioned that use of Meebo has greatly increased IM traffic to Reference.

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