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Michael DeMars

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Michael DeMars Reference & Instruction, Systems
PL 273

About Mike

I started working at the Pollak Library in June, 2008. I teach instruction sessions, work at the reference desk, and in the library systems department. I am the primary librarian for the departments of Gerontology, Kinesiology, Health Sciences, Environmental Studies, and Geography.

I am interested in instructional technologies and web design. I have been creating online content and digital learning objects for the past two years. I use many different technologies, like chat, video, and interactive media to inform students on how to access and use library services. To see what projects I am working on, please visit my blog.

Building Library Widgets

As part of my work in helping bring the Library's resources into courses I have created a site for faculty that shows different widget types and how to create them.

Learn how to create Library widgets for your Blackboard courses.

Library Links

I have created and maintained several pages on the library website. Most of these pages are course-specific research guides.

Here are some of the pages I have worked on:
Business 201 -Blackburn
Business 301 -Blackburn
Business 201 -Frasier
Computer Science 589 -Shafae
Computer Science 589 -Jo
Environmental Studies 501 -S. Kim
Health Science 220 -L. Chandler
Health Science 500 -S. McMahan
Kinesiology 202 -G. Harmston
Kinesiology 414 -Statler
Health Science

Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies Guide (Prototype) Gerontology

I also contribute to the Pollak Library Blog.


I have been developing library content that can be added to any Blackboard course. The materials included in Blackboard are tailored to fit the needs of the students. I have partnered with faculty to develop online materials that meet the needs of their specific classes. I chose elements from the library's databases, e-books, and print materials related to the class and made them available via persistent link. I also add an online chat widget that could connect students directly with me or another business librarian.

As web 2.0 becomes more mainstream I am working a great deal with search widgets that search only library materials and databases. I have also been developing Google Gadgets which are customized internet search engines, and programmed them to search for educational, factual, and scholarly materials. You can see some of these widgets by visiting my guides.

Some of the other types of tools I am looking at using include experamenting with the concept of tagging. The new Databases A-Z page, called FindDatabases, feature new areas that allows users to browse and add their own tags for any database. The tags are created and monitored by librarians for accuracy. They are reflective of materials and topics covered in each of the databases. This project is in beta, and thus improvements to the architecture are being continually made.

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