Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Xavier University's Web 2.0

In this presentation, they're showing off a kind of new student portal that borrows functionality from youtube, MySpace.

Xavier has a fairly radical organizational structure that completely sheds the "library" division. They have a discovery services department which seems to pick up some of the traditional library functions, as well as the content services division.

Interesting concept: inverted service pyramid...put the weight of staff into automated and self service services. Reserve in person services for specialized stuff.

People with young kids always put them in their presentations for a little comic relief; no exceptions here.

They also demonstrated a fairly traditional campus portal with library resources, people (librarian, advisor, dean), courses tailored to each student.

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