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How have other libraries handled copyright management in regards to eReserves and other materials (articles, book chapters, etc) within the Canvas pages at their institution? As the library we are often the designated person to consider copyright and often offer reserve type services. We are looking at a way to best manage this process in our Canvas and to ensure that all materials are being licensed or determined to fall under fair use for our faculty. 

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Community Member

At the University of Minnesota, we are using LibGuides to present subject and course guide resources to students, and we will soon be using Ex Libris' Leganto tool to present course reserves to students.  Both have an LTI tool that integrates into Canvas.

Our Office of Information Technology (OIT) has graciously given us an automatic link in the Canvas course menu for every course to present subject guides.  However, they will not give us another automatic link to do the same with Leganto and course reserves.

So, how do we present two LTIs within one automatic course menu link?  Has anyone encountered this problem before?  We have come up with 3 possible solutions:

1.  Create a new LTI and use the LibGuides API and the Leganto API to populate this new LTI.  The problem with this is that it requires maintenance, and takes the user out of the default LTI functionality of the two tools (especially Leganto).

2.  OIT has offered to create an "Application Launcher" tool for us.  In this scenario, the user would click the "Library Resources" link in the Canvas course menu, and be taken to another page that presents the user with all the Library options, such as LibGuides, Leganto, and possibly more.  The problem with this solution is that the user has to perform multiple clicks, and search for the right tool to click.  It could be a usability problem.

3.  We could also use Leganto as the primary tool, and link to LibGuides within it for every course.  Using the Alma API, we could automatically create Leganto course reading lists for every course, and pre-populate them with links to appropriate LibGuides/LibApps resources.

I must admit we are leaning towards #3, but has anyone else encountered this problem or come up with a different solution that we haven't thought of?  Thanks for any ideas anyone may have!

Shane

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Community Member

I (we) are new to canvas and are setting up our course room right now. We are using LibChat in our other digital services and are now wondering if we could embed it into canvas too, preferably not globally though. Has anyone else tried this or know how to embed third party widgets in general? I know about the Libguides LTI stuff, but we do not have Libguides at my institution, only Libanswers/LibChat. Any help most welcome!

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Community Member

 How can this be done globally to connect any student with any Library or Subject Guide?

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Community Member

Has anyone created a unified integration of support services? The library is already working on a module, but we have been asked to create a unified module or resource or presence that will help students get to academic library, #writing center, #tutoring services without exiting Canvas. Student support services may also be included (DSPS, EOPS, equity etc.) Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Greetings,

I work in a high school library (9-12) and am working on our library presence in Canvas.  I have searched in the community and much of what I have found for libraries in Canvas is geared to higher ed.  I admit I am a visual learner and am struggling a bit with the layout.  Would anyone be willing to share their layout with me?  Is the library a course on it's own, do you use modules, assessments?  I would be happy to see screenshots.  Thanks everyone! Have a great weekend.

Shelly Smith, MLS

Pike High School Librarian

MSD Pike Township

@phstech_library

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Community Member

Has anyone gotten EZproxy referring url authentication to work within Canvas?

I can get embedded videos with EZproxy to work but direct links to databases do not automatically authenticate coming from Canvas.

I've tried testing what referring url passes with Google Analytics but so far only embedded frames seem to pass referring url information to analytics

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Community Team
Community Team

Would one or more of you be willing to create and deliver a CanvasLIVE session on how you're using Canvas in conjunction with library resources?

Here are some example topics that might spark ideas for presentations or quick demos:

Technology
  • Course reading lists management/integration tools, such as Talis Aspire and ExLibris Leganto
  • Program management/integration tools, such as Libguides
  • Using Canvas API to bring in links to materials and resources to individual course
  • Using Canvas Theme editor and CSS/JS to bring library into global navigation or other elements
  • Working with LMS admins on library integrations
Pedagogy
  • Embedded librarian program integration with individual courses
  • Tracking student completion of required library courses or modules
  • Working with faculty on course design

Please comment if you're interested!

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Surveyor

Seeing every class in a school (k-5) gives me, the school librarian, a very unique perspective on the school population. I've always wished I could foster a larger conversation with my classes, and allow different classes to work together. I've never considered lumping a grade level into the same course then grouping the students until I took the Canvas Expert pd for my district. I can't wait to try out some of these new skills and see how I can expand my students (and my) horizons in the coming year.

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We have been using Google Forms for quite some time, and I'd like to move our instruction session assessments into Canvas. As the course librarian, I want to set up an assessment consisting of four open-ended questions in Canvas. The instructor of the course wants to give a few points to students for simply completing the assessment (that's great as I'll get more responses). I want to download the student responses into a spreadsheet so that I can score each them as part of our library assessment process (and to ultimately archive them with no identifying information attached), but I don't see any way to download the student responses. I've looked at quizzes, surveys, and assignments, and the quiz seems the most promising, but again, I can't figure out how to get the open-ended question data out of Canvas. Any suggestions are appreciated!

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Community Member

Does anyone have a seemless integration of your library (using III as your ILS) in Canvas courses? 

We currently have this set up, but are using a different ILS and discovery service. 

Thanks!

Kristin

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Community Member

I'm at Emory University and the librarians here are working on a library instruction framework to standardize basic library instruction for undergraduates. This mini-course would include student assignments such as quizzes. They are also working on a good method for assessing the effectiveness of the program, which would be largely based on student performance on library-related assignments and how that relates to their overall performance in the course. My question to you all is: how do you assess your library instruction, and do you do it in Canvas?

There are a couple of barriers/caveats to using Canvas for delivering, grading, and assessing library instruction assignments that have been brought up to our Canvas support team. Briefly, they are:

1. Access to grades/gradebook: per the registrar, only teaching faculty and TAs can access grades in Canvas. Thus librarians would have to ask for anonymized reports on student grade data, including for any library-related assignments. It would be preferable if they could access the data independently.

2. Work of compiling data: Even if they can get access to the grades, each librarian would need to compile the data from the courses they work in and then merge it with the data from other librarians. This could be time-consuming and complicated.

I would love to hear from anyone who has insight about solutions for delivering library instruction content in a way that is conducive to assessment (either in or outside of Canvas), and what your assessment process is. Thank you in advance.

Best,

Jennifer Young

Educational Analyst

Emory University

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Community Member

Here are the slides from our presentation on 7/22/2016 at InstructureCon 2016: We Teach Here Too! Librarians in Canvas.

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Surveyor

We are new to Canvas and I've been looking over materials we can load to the Commons for our institution.  The issue I see is that there is no way to access the number of times a resource has been viewed or downloaded.  There is an idea for this that is currently open for votes.

Is anyone doing anything to assess the number of times their resource is utilized?

Thanks so much!

Wendy

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Community Member

Hi all,

Has any library been successful in creating a "Resource" page in Canvas whereby students could  access databases without leaving Canvas and without having to login a second time to the databases? If so, can you share how you did it?

Right now, the only way I can see to do this is create a sub-account page. I would then have to give access to those who requested access?  Could I make it open to all Canvas users at my college?

We are migrating to Canvas in fall 2016, and we would like a robust presence in Canvas. I would love to see any examples. I already viewed this video if you haven't seen it, it is worth it:

https://community.canvaslms.com/events/1194

Thanks,

Maryanne Mills, Instruction Librarian

West Valley College

Saratoga, CA

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Community Member

Hello,

Is anyone out there implementing the LibGuides LTI in Canvas? We are doing a beta test right now and running into some complications. If you are, could you email me at carrie.moran@ucf.edu so I can ask some questions?

Thanks,

Carrie

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Community Member

Here's a question: How can I use Canvas as a place to provide general information for Observers/Parents? Would love a place to post information about things like advisory topics, travel opportunities, school speakers, etc. Like a "course" for parents without all the bells of an actual Canvas course and without having to count all my Observers as users?

Is anyone using Canvas this way? How?

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Community Member

Hey fellow librarians.

Does the inability to organize files in any way other than alphanumeric bother you too? We know so much about organization and access to information, and we know that one alphanumeric size doesn't fit all!

If you want more latitude with files, will you please throw your support behind this feature request?

Thanks!

Lea Susan Engle, MSIS, MA

Canvas Training and Outreach Coordinator

The University of Texas at Austin

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Community Member

Hello! First time poster here, be kind  Smiley Happy

I'm a librarian at James Madison University, a large comprehensive university in Virginia. My tech folks tell me it's easy to create new "roles" in Canvas with different permissions settings.  We're thinking of creating a "librarian" and/or "instructional designer" role so teachers feel more comfortable adding librarians or instructional designers to Canvas.  Before we go to this effort, though, we were wondering:

  • Has anyone else who's tried this found the effort beneficial?
  • Are there any "lessons learned" or "best practices" we should consider?
  • What permissions settings did your institution choose?

thanks,

Jody

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Community Member

Hello,

Is anyone already using RefMe, a free citation creator to use with Canvas?  If yes, I'd like to hear about your experiences.

Mary Jackson

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Milligan College

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Community Coach
Community Coach

Good Morning Folks:

Here is a link to a great article about the embedded Library Program for online courses by Victoria Matthew and Ann Schroeder for Educause: @The Embedded Librarian Program | EDUCAUSE

Intro: "With the huge increase in online learning at colleges around the country, libraries need to consider how to serve the growing contingent of online students. Some typical library services include a Web site, remote access to databases, e-mail assistance, a toll-free phone number, a procedure for supplying library materials to students, FAQs, interlibrary loan, and online tutorials. Tutorials come closest to replacing traditional course-based library instruction, but without the human element. Offering students an array of library services not directly related to their classes, however, doesn't make for meaningful and integrated library instruction. As Skank and Dewald explained, "... the closer the link between course assignments and library resources to help with these assignments, the greater the likelihood that students will access library information.""

One of the schools I teach at had an embedded Librarian program for a couple years, and I loved it. However, it was cancelled for a variety of reasons. I and my students found it very useful, but apparently it was not sustainable.

How many of the members of this group have either participated in such a program, or have one at their schools, and what are your thoughts?

Kelley

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