Web Projects by Skmatic Industries
Welcome to my archive of assorted web projects. Some of these projects began as assignments for library school classes and some are just a labor of love. As you'll see, I have affinity for open source and library research. Hopefully you can benefit from my quirks. Enjoy!
The Reference Portal
The Reference Portal is an intranet I created for the reference staff at
Golden Gate University during my employment there as Public Services Librarian.
I began this project with the desire to institute a chat reference service at the reference desk
and to have an automated system for recording reference questions. We had been using paper and
pencil to record reference transactions, but we weren't taking down the questions themselves,
which I find to be very helpful for qualitative assessment. Once I started working on it I
decided to incorporate other web resources like
PmWiki.org, Google Calendar,
→ Download The Reference Portal
Instant Instruction Feedback Forms
Instant Instruction Feedback Forms are web-based surveys that are designed to offer librarians a simple way to evaluate their information literacy/bibliographic instruction sessions. The best thing about them is that they're open source, which means that everytime someone downloads them Bill Gates gets a chill through his bones. Visit the download page for documentation and a demo.
Stephen Crane Research Guide
Here's one from those long-lost halcyon days of library school. Stephen Crane is one of my favorite writers (yes, he's the guy that wrote "The Red Badge of Courage"). He also lived a facinating (although short) life filled with adventure and tuberculosis. Live fast and die with a good-looking oeuvre, that's my motto. Visit the Stephen Crane Research Guide.