Leveraging student course enrollment data to infuse personalization in a library website

Ian Chan (Library Systems, California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, California, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Publication date: 9 September 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe the benefits of integrating personalization within a library web site and presents methodology for achieving this goal within an academic setting.

Design/methodology/approach

The project documented in this study explores the use of student course enrollment data as the basis for creating a personalized library web site. Off-the-shelf, open source applications are used in conjunction with existing university data to deliver a final product that offers an enhanced user experience for the university community.

Findings

Adaptive personalization is increasingly commonplace on the web. Academic libraries have a unique source of existing data that offers the potential of adding personalization to the library web site. At present, the personalization of library online services remains largely unexplored. This project illustrates one relatively low-cost method to help libraries interested in creating personalized web sites.

Practical implications

This paper provides a guide for libraries interested in the implementation of personalization within their web sites.

Originality/value

The project described in this case study is highly unique within libraries. The paper outlines the feasibility and technical requirements associated with using course enrollment data to add personalized content to a library web site.

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Citation

Chan, I. (2014), "Leveraging student course enrollment data to infuse personalization in a library website", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 450-466. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-07-2013-0096

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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