ERIC Number: ED370625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Macintosh and Photo-CD Technologies Provide Orientations to Southwestern College Library.
Alexander, William J.; And Others
Due to a rapidly increasing demand for bibliographic instruction, Southwestern College in San Ysidro, California, devised an interactive English-Spanish multimedia library skills program using Macintosh and Kodak PhotoCD technologies. First, a PhotoCD containing 100 photos of library services was produced. Then, an interactive Macintosh program using Macromedia's Director software was developed. The "attract mode" entices passersby with a 360-degree view of the library's interior. The next screen offers eight choices: Restrooms; Help; San Ysidro (college center); Interactive Campus Map; Floor Plan; Index of Topics; 360-degree view; and Non-print Materials. Following screens provide up to four layers of information. Users can access information from photographic, graphic, or textual starting points. For Beta testing, paper response surveys were used and screen output was videotaped by connecting a VHS recorder to the Macintosh each morning and recording 8 hours of use. The videotapes illustrate how students are using the program and where they become hung up or abandon the program. As technology improves, bilingual sound and Quick Time movie or video disc inserts may be added. This project was funded with a $10,000 Fund for Instructional Improvement grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. The paper includes copies of Southwestern College Library Orientation computer screens. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Southwestern College CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Collaborative Conference of the California Community Colleges (3rd, San Jose, CA, April 13-15, 1994).