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Creating interactive maps with Prezi

A guide to creating interactive library maps for library student induction

Ned Potter

on 22 August 2012

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Harry Fairhurst Building J.B. Morrell Library Raymond Burton Library
and the Borthwick Institute Entrance Ground floor 1st floor 2nd floor 2nd floor:
Silent Reading room 1st floor:
Borthwick Reading Room Upper floors Ground floor the link 1st floor:
Humanities Reading Room Library cafe PCs, plus comfy seating Academic Liaison office IT Support
Office PC Room Help & Information
Desk, Self-Issue Machines etc Group Study Area Catalogue PCs Lots of books North Rooms Contain all the journals Opening hours during term-time: 8am - midnight
(10am - midnight at weekends) Borrowing items: You always need your student card:

Undergrads can borrow 20 items in total, Postgrads can borrow 30. This includes books, CDs, DVDs etc.

You get ordinary loans for 3 weeks during term-time (these can be renewed up to 3 times unless someone else requests them) plus there are 1-week loans, 1-day loans, and 4hr loans in Key Texts.

And yes, there are fines! 30p a day, but they go up to 90p a day if someone's requested the item. For Key Texts, DVDs, and other 24hr loans, it's £1 an hour! Study spaces PC rooms Using the library catalogue... The catalogue (Yorsearch) can be accessed from any PC, at home or on campus. There are catalogue PCs dotted around the library which are just for searching - you can use these without having to log-in. Yorsearch:

Locates books, journals and other resources in the library.
Finds out if items are available or on loan.
Links to electronic resources.

http://yorsearch.york.ac.uk Once you're at a catalogue PC, just type something into the search box to get started. Finding electronic resources... The library spends literally millions of pounds on electronic resources - e-books, e-journals, and databases - so you can get them for free. This is often stuff that Google cannot find, so make the most of it!

The majority of e-Resources can be accessed from any PC, once you've logged in with your IT username and password. You can start off in the usual way, by searching from http://yorsearch.york.ac.uk Click the 'view electronic resource' link SFX is the link between the catalogue and the journal websites. Check the date ranges, and click 'Go' on the one that matches the article you need. On the publisher's website, click Full Text The PDF of the article will open, and you can usually save or print. In the Harry Fairhurst you can use your mobile, but in the rest of the library you can't. You can have bottled water anywhere in the library, but you can only have other food and drink in the Fairhurst.

Hot food is out, so no pizza deliveries to the library, please... 56 seater PC room.

There's also 2 conference / teaching rooms upstairs. Welcome to the library. The library contains all kinds of resources to help you throughout your degree. A good place to start is the library homepage - check out the quick links down the right handside. The URL is http://www.york.ac.uk/library Opens 9-5, Monday to Friday.

You can get phone support 24/7 by calling (01904 32) 3838 Bookable study rooms Copyright. Ned Potter (hello!) is the Academic Liaison Librarian for TFTV - basically the first point of contact between the department and the library. I run training sessions on using our resources, and I can help you search effectively in your subject area, evaluate what you find, use print and electronic resources better, reference your work correctly, and use Web 2.0 tools to keep up with your areas of research. I am here to make your academic life a little easier!

During busy periods I'll be running drop-in sessions within the department. ned.potter@york.ac.uk x32 At York we have both a Special Collections department and an Archives department, containing lots of interesting old (and sometimes new) materials. They're both accessed via the Borthwick Institute. Special Collections has lots of Yorkshire-based theatre ephemera, like playbills. Some of our Special Collections are housed in York Minster.

The Borthwick has all kinds of treasures, including:

The archives of many contemprary (and actually still living...) playrights - their original manuscripts
e.g the Barry Took archive
Complete scripts from all Alan Ayckbourn's plays (including the withdrawn ones) with multiple versions, letters and correspondence, photographs, programmes etc
The archvie of Booker prize winner David Storey
Lots of other stuff that hasn't even been catalogued yet Audio/Visual Collection TFTV:
Books All the books in the TFTV subject areas are on the 2nd floor of the JBM. Look for books whose labels start 'LP' and you'll find Film + TV materials, 'LT' and you'll find materials about Theatre, and 'MA' for literature (including plays). The Humanities Reading Room contains useful reference books. On the second floor (in the far right corner as you look at the floor from the stairs) is the temporary home for the audio-visual collection - around 4,000 CDs and DVDs, plus some VHS tapes, and equipment to play them all on.

See more about our audio-visual collections at: http://www.york.ac.uk/library/collections/audiovisual/#collections

A brand new audio-visual suite will open in the Harry Fairhurst next year. http://www.york.ac.uk/library/subjectresources/tftv/ Map drawn by Matthew Herring
Library pictures are the copyright of the University of York Library
Icons are available under Creative Commons, via iconfinder.com
All other pictures (e.g the background of this section you're reading now) copyright free images via stock.xchng: http://www.sxc.hu
Prezi designed by Ned Potter (http://thewikiman.org)
Unauthorised reproduction of this Prezi is prohibited That is to say, the North Rooms contain all the hard copies. Wherever possible we subscribe to e-journals, so you can access them any time of day from wherever you have internet access. We have thousands of them via the catalogue, and thousands more in the databases available via Metalib. If we don't have what you need, it may be worth trying to get hold of it via Interlending. This is when we order materialsfor you from another library - either the whole book or copies of articles / chapters, via Secure Electronic Delivery.

Each request (that we manage to get for you) costs £2 - it's worth noting that it costs us around 5 times that, so we're keeping the costs to you as low as possible.

You can make your request via the My Library Account section of the catalogue.

More details at:
http://www.york.ac.uk/library/servicesandfacilities/interlendinganddocumentsupply/ Interlending Video We also have books about writing essays etc - they're in the O section on the 1st floor. Just type 'writing essays' into Yorsearch. you are here 1st floor – Social Sciences (Law, Psychology, Sociology, Management, Economics, Nursing, Medicine)

2nd floor – Humanities (History, politics, Art History, Film, theatre, Music)

3rd floor – Sciences (Maths, Physics, Computer Science, Electronics, Biology, Chemistry, Electronics) The Q section is on the 2nd floor any questions? Prezi, Interactive Maps,
Induction and Teaching Ned Potter
@theREALwikiman prezi overview maps and stuff practical Prezi is... Fairly new - zoomy - non-linear - not PPT - quite sexy Prezi is not... The answer to everything - universally popular - as easy to throw together as a rubbish slide deck - yet used across the board in HE 1. Plan the structure and outline of the presentation

2. Add the text, plus any images / videos etc

3. Move them around and arrange them in a coherent order on the canvas

4. Plot the path between them in the order you want to use

5. Click ‘Show’ and watch the presentation back, then refine it if you need to The basic principles of putting together a Prezi are... Best practice includes... 1. Only using a fraction of Prezi's capability for the majority of the presentation!

2. Positioning materials sympathetically, and planning your path carefully, to avoid motion sickness in your audience

3. Using hidden frames to control what your audiences see's, and when For more tips, guidance, and best practice: The Ultimate Guide to Prezi - http://bit.ly/preziguide Why make a map? Prezis are not usually maps - they're just presentations like this one. But you can take any image and stretch it in Prezi - so why not use an image to cover the entire canvas?

And if you can stretch an image to cover the entire canvas, why not use something which suits the idea of interactive hotspots?

It started with this:

Feedback was very positive - the map presented complicated information in an engaging way, it allowed users to navigate directly to the sections of interest to them, and it worked as both a presentation tool and a stand-alone interactive web-object.

So it should work for an actual library, too... http://prezi.com/wmmerxu724de/everything-you-need-to-know-about-technology-and-working-in-libraries/ Everything you need to know about technology to work in libraries Library induction We're all familiar with the traditional issues surrounding the library's involvement in student Induction: we're crow-barred in to a short slot with other services also presenting, students have very low expectations of the library presentation, and they're drowning in information at that time of year anyway.

An interactive map in Prezi allows you to:

Tailor the length depending on your slot. (The path of the Prezi - the items it zooms in on in order = is easily editable, so you can take out all but the essential parts if you only have 10 minutes to introduce students to the library.)
Wow the students with something much more whizzy than they expected
Give them something useful and approachable to refer back to online later when they forget everything you've just told them

With this in mind, we decided to trial interactive maps for the 2011-12 induction at the University of York Library, across five departments. The process went like this:

Get our tame artist (Matthew Herring) to draw a top-down outline of our buildings
Decide how to address the multiple floors issue (I decided to split up one map into floors, but other option is to have a map for each floor)
Create a 'generic' library map with no subject-specific information in it
Each Academic Liaison Librarian copied the generic map and added in bespoke details for their department

(NB: If I had my time again, I'd actually complete the map first, and then actually strip out the detail to create a generic copy. I kept adding lots of things to my own maps which should have been on the generic one too.) A working example Feedback The response was extremely positive, with all the Academic Liaison Librarians using Prezi reporting much increased student engagement, In some cases the students literally sat up straight in their seats and paid more attention! The undergrad:
"Did you make that presentation yourself?! It was amazing!"

The PhD researcher:
"That was extremely impressive!"

The Academic:
"That went down very well, and generated a much greater response from the students than in previous years – it’s a great presentation format, so do pass on that feedback."

The Head of Department::
"That was absolutely incredible, you'll have to teach us all how to do that"

The Library Rep:
"With the students, you're the cool one in the department now..."

The academic who has since started using Prezi:
"The ideal impact on student engagement is when the immediate aesthetic impact of Prezi - its visual stimuli and narrative innovation - smuggles in a new way of presenting ideas.

I have found that re-writing lectures through Prezi has forced me to cluster key concepts and terms in a new way, and to use the space of the Prezi canvas to make connections between themes and details that were previously obscured by a linear or conventionally narrative lecture presentation." The maps were used in conjunction with online workbooks, created in PDF format and shared using Issuu. For an example see:


These were then embedded on our subject pages: Go to: http://bit.ly/LILAC12maps and make a copy of the Prezi you'll find there, so you can access it on your own Prezi account Either use the paper workbook or go to http://bit.ly/LILAC12booklet (case sensitive) for a slightly more detailed online version

Create some maps! University of York Library So we really don't need any of this nonsense...
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