Pioneering portals: MyLibrary@NCState
Information technology and libraries
Morgan, Keith~Reade, Tripp
Copyright (c) 2000 Library Information and Technology Association
Abstract: MyLibrary@NCState is a user-driven, customizable information service hosted by the NCSU Libraries. First conceived in January 1998, the service emerged from a series of focus group discussions with faculty, students, and staff on the provision of electronic resources at NC State. The MyLibrary model supports a framework to provide enhanced access to local and remote sets of data, information, and knowledge. At the same time, it was designed not to overwhelm users with too much information because users control exactly how much information is displayed to them at any given time. This article describes the design process, technological specifications, usability testing, marketing, and publicity efforts that began the project. The transition from a research and development environment to a managed production environment is also discussed, as well as the initiative that led to the free distribution of the MyLibrary@NCState source code. The article concludes with an explication of future developments and scenarios that further integrate MyLibrary@NCState into the teaching and learning environment.