Thom will also speak about an exciting new technology project at Tisch: the use of GIS technology to create a spatial information manager for the library. Called L-SIMS, this new system is a database of geo-encoded uniquely identified objects - floors, rooms, stacks, computers, wireless access points, fire extinguishers, etc., that can be queried and used to generate high quality maps for a variety of purposes.
1. Leveraging Web 2.0 and GIS Thom W. Cox Technical Project Manager Tisch Library Tufts University [email_address]
Tisch website re-launch a major step forward
How were leveraging Web 2.0 tools: success and challenges
Using GIS to create a spatial information manager for the library
My how youve grown (since 2003)
The Web has changed
The User has changed
One full year of research:
How have other universities met the challenge?
What do we know about our users already?
How do our users seek information?
What can the library staff tell us?  
What do students think so far?
What more can students tell us?
Providedirect accessto our resources and content
Increase awarenessof resource availability
Did You Know / Now@Tisch / Featured Resource on every page
Preserve, and even improve readability, accessibility, printablity, usability of the site
Tisch& Youbegins a drive to personalize the site
for orienting students to the library and to library research
an annual poetry reading episode
interviews with distinguished Tufts alumni authors
Video tour of the music library
panel discussion with four Tufts faculty members on how to write a senior honors thesis
Challenge: get usage stats on podcasts:
Web stats from an RSS feed?
WebTrends?Google Analytics? awstats?
Challenge convert online library instruction tutorials into video podcasts
Then use a professional video conversion program like Sorenson Squeeze to convert to MPEG-4 format and reduce to an iPhone/iPod compatible screen size 12.
Challenge: make our content available as RSS feeds
Blog host of content itself
The Spatial Information Manager for the Library
The challenge of managing space
Library or Labyrinth?
A perfect model for GIS-based spatial information management
metadata, metadata, metadata
L-SIMS :a database of geo-encoded uniquely identified objects - floors, rooms, stacks, computers, wireless access points, fire extinguishers, etc., that can be queried and used to generate high quality maps for a variety of purposes.
16. GIS is a system of computer software, hardware, data and personnel to help store, manipulate, analyze, and present information that is tied to a spatial location. 17.
facilitate the analysis and optimization of existing space within the Tisch Library
serve as a real-time high-quality map generator
provide access to the square footage of any room in the library
assist reference librarians in their efforts to direct students to resources in the library
be a searchable query engine showing what software exists on the computers in the library
a critical component of disaster planning
Brainstorming and forming a team
Tufts UniversityBerger Family Technology Transfer Endowment
L-SIMS Design and Data Integration
20. Facilities Floor Plans L-SIMS 21.
Reserves, Circulation, etc.
Beg. call number
End call number
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Call number locator; Retrieve location of book
Office space < 200 sq. ft.
Staff computers that have a DVD player
Public computers that have Excel
Buffer fire extinguishers 75 feet
Through overlay identify stacks NOT within 75 feet of an extinguisher
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High-quality maps for the Tisch website
GIS Web Application
Questions and Answers
Thom W. Cox Technical Project Manager Tisch Library Tufts University [email_address]