S401 Proficiency Project 2: Collection Management and Productivity Tools

A. The Profession

Create a 4-10 slide PowerPoint, Keynote, or Prezi presentation with the following elements:

  • Feature three professional organizations in your professional area of interest.
  • Provide an example of a library that uses LibGuides at http://libguides.com/ community.php in your area of interest and explain how it’s used by the library.
  • Make a hyperlink to the LibGuide library page. Include a screen capture.
  • Record audio narration for the presentation.
  • Evidence: Upload the presentation document called presentation to your IU Box account. Be sure you make it public. For help, go to http://kb.iu.edu/data/bbro.html.


Download the entire presentation.

B. Collections: Authors, Titles, and Genre

Choose an author or genre of interest to examine for this component (B).  In 3-4 sentences, compare and contrast LibraryThing with GoodReads. Use at least two screen captures.

I think the screenshots below show very well the contrast in usability between GoodReads and LibraryThing.  Here you see the two screens you are presented with immediately upon logging into each service.  GoodReads is much more focused on social interaction, while LibraryThing gives many more options for organizing your collection.  The GoodReads interface is much more cluttered with forum posts and comments from groups I’m subscribed to.  Ultimately, though, I don’t use GoodReads for the social aspect.  I much prefer the dashboard LibraryThing offers, with tools to manage my collection.  Exporting my library from GoodReads to LibraryThing was super-easy, and I’ll probably stop using GoodReads altogether.


Use a content curation tool or social bookmarking tool to organize at least three websites associated with your author or genre. Provide the URL.

I created my Scoop.It profile while in the LTA program at Ivy Tech.  The link is in the sidebar, or right here:http://www.scoop.it/t/library-resources.

I started using Marklet to organize the websites and online catalog entries for books I would use in my annotated bibliography project in S401.  I really like it.  Adding links isn’t quite as intuitive.  You can’t just drag and drop from one category to another, you have to copy and paste.  But I liked the way the links were organized.  However, Marklet isn’t social.  It doesn’t allow you to share.  So, I moved them all over to Bookmarkee.  The page doesn’t look as nice, but the interface is much more intuitive, and allows for annotations, where Marklet doesn’t.  I wish I could mash the two together.  The result would be the perfect social bookmarking platform.

Share your experiences reading ebooks and listening to audiobooks. Skim, read, or listen to a work related to your area of interest.

I can’t listen to audiobooks.  They don’t hold my attention.  My mind wanders, the book becomes background noise, and I have to keep backing up to replay what I’ve missed.  This happens when reading books, too, but it isn’t such a hassle to re-read as it is to re-listen.  Ebooks are OK.  I definitely prefer paper.  Some of the additional features of ebooks, such as the ability to look up words, highlight, save snippets, or bookmark passages are neat, but not necessary.  Electronic devices hurt more when you drop them on your face, and have the additional risk of breaking when you do so.  When you drop a book on your face, the only things likely to break are your glasses (or your nose), and the book will come out unscathed.

In 3-4 sentences, discuss your experience using spreadsheet applications. Create a spreadsheet that compares the price of TWO books, ebooks, and audiobooks from at least THREE suppliers (e.g., Amazon, Barnes & Noble).

Create a column for the retail price too. Use a formula to report the average price of each item. Also, report the total cost from each supplier. You MUST use both an AVERAGE and TOTAL formula. Share your conclusions.

I’ve been using spreadsheet programs, such as Excel for decades.  They provide a very intuitive method of organizing information.  I can’t imagine having to use paper spreadsheets without the find and replace features or formulas.  The instructions above for creating the spreadsheet weren’t very clear.  I ended up totaling and averaging everything.Only a small portion is included below.  Download the whole sheet here: spreadsheet

The Martian Paperback Me Before You Paperback Total Paperback Average Paperback
Amazon $9.00 $9.15 $18.15 $9.08
Barnes & Noble $9.99 $9.52 $19.51 $9.76
Books-a-Million $9.30 $9.71 $19.01 $9.51

Grand Total Paperback:



Grand Average Paperback

Overall Total:



Overall Average

C. Primary Source Genre

Select an online digital collection(s) to use in this example. Create an instructional handout showing step-by-step how to use the digital collection. Include examples of (a) a digital reproduction of a primary source, and (b) a digital transcription of a primary source. The document should be at least 2 pages and include: headings, subheadings, footer, pagination, bullet points, SmartArt and/or shapes. Your document should be professionally designed and ready to print.

This handout provides instruction on how to use the collection of appliance manuals at ManualsLib.

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