Empowering Learners and Designing Library Exhibits to Share with Pachyderm

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CONFERENCE: Library Technology Conference

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Hootman, Jennifer; Lee, Matt; Tompkins, Heather
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Interactive web projects make content accessible, engaging, and relevant to a large number of students, faculty, and participants. From an instruction perspective, such tools empower learners at their points of need. From an exhibits perspective, interactive web projects provide opportunities to share exhibit objects and content with an audience outside of the institution and serve as an outreach tool for the community.Minitex Reference Outreach & Instruction is using Pachyderm as an outreach and instruction tool to meet the disparate needs of middle and high school students engaged in History Day projects across Minnesota.At Carleton College, library staff are piloting Pachyderm to document library exhibits of government documents in a way that extends their life and reaches an audience beyond the institution. Web-accessible documentation will enable any depository library to replicate Carleton-developed exhibits with local materials.This session will demonstrate and detail why both institutions chose Pachyderm to address shared challenges of scalability, content management, and instructional effectiveness. Presenters will explore tutorial design, audience considerations, and storyboarding to conceptualize an effective project.ABOUT THE PRESENTERS: Matt Lee is a Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian at Minitex. Jennifer Hootman is Reference Outreach & Instruction Coordinator at Minitex. Heather Tompkins is Reference and Instruction Librarian for Humanities and Gov Docs at Carleton's Gould Library. Margaret Pezalla-Granlund is Curator of Library Exhibitions at the Gould Library, Carleton College