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MALIS practical projects

Follow the latest practical projects from the MALIS course.

The focus of the course is on questions of practice in the library and information area, which are processed with scientific methods and oriented towards the needs of practice. As part of the practical project, the participants should learn from the concepts developed during their studies and recognize potential for improvement.
A selection of the practical projects is presented in loose order in the MALIS projects blog.

The MALIS projects blog

We invite you to discuss the following practical projects in the MALIS projects blog and we look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Nicole Weigerding:

A new face for the library intranet page of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT)

Teaching information literacy is a new field of activity for librarians in academic libraries. The students are often seen as the target group. In principle, this is not wrong, as they make up a very large user group in terms of quantity and require the most support in terms of quality. But even young scientists * have a high need for support - from simple research to publication advice on a wide variety of topics. And it is precisely the young scientists who in most cases ensure the reputation and current or future finances.

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Tim Friedrich:

Conversion of metadata with Catmandu

MARC is a widely used exchange format for libraries. How can you convert bibliographic data into this format? In this project, this was carried out using the Catmandu tool and the data from the interlibrary loan index of the hbz.

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Martin Kock:

[Corona-related] teleworking at Trier University Library: Evaluation of the suitability of Raspberry Pi computers

The year 2020 will be influenced worldwide by the outbreak of the viral disease COVID-19 (Corona). This means strict restrictions for people both privately and professionally. Companies and institutions have to adapt their operational structures to the changed situation.

A lot of work is already done digitally in the office and teleworking is no problem with the right equipment. But what if the required equipment in the home office is missing or not supported?

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Sigune Kussek:

"Together into the future" - a blog for the Münster city library

The Münster City Library completed a multi-stage future process from June 2019 to February 2021. With a workshop in December 2019, citizens of the city were also involved in this change process. Many participants wish to continue to be transparently informed and included. From March 2021, the results of the future process will gradually be implemented - this will lead to many changes and further deliberations in the library. How can the citizens, many of whom use the city library, but also not, be included in the change process? And why was a blog chosen for participation?

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Tina Grahl:

Demand for training and advisory services for doctoral candidates in engineering at universities of applied sciences (HAW)

Doctoral candidates are a new and growing target group at the 216 German universities of applied sciences (HAW) and the associated HAW libraries. In most federal states, the doctorate at HAWs has only been possible for a few years - i. d. Usually as a cooperative doctorate with a university partner - possible and has been particularly promoted in recent years through the creation of doctoral colleges. In order to design training and consulting offers for this new target group, it is essential to consider current as well as subject and target group-specific information on the information, publication and research behavior of doctoral candidates as well as the need for training and consulting offers. If no or hardly any studies are available, it is advisable to have your own data, e. B. in the form of a survey.

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Tobias Bülte:

Which (det) routes do metadata for open access books take from the publisher to the library's discovery system?

One goal of the BMBF-funded project OGeSoMo (promotion of Open Access in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on monographs) of the University Library Duisburg-Essen (UB) was to record, describe and reflect on the complex OA publication process for books, which as a prerequisite are essential for effective discussion, cooperation and other systematic measures for the promotion of OA books.

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Andreas Dahlem:

FaMI-Reader: Information brochure for trainees in Bavarian libraries

The FaMI-Reader is an information brochure that is intended to support trainees in Bavarian libraries when they start their vocational training as a specialist for media and information services (FaMI) and which they can consult over and over again in the course of the process in order to avoid mistakes. Get answers to frequently asked questions and identify the right contact persons.

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Andrea Ammendola, Juliane Fendel and Johannes Graupe:

Planning the future - strategy development for the music offerings of the Cologne City Library

Changes require strategic planning and a general renovation is planned for the building of the public central library of the city of Cologne on Neumarkt in the coming years. Against this background, the Cologne City Library is faced more than usual with the challenge of planning the library for tomorrow today. A separate strategy is now to be developed for the music library and within this framework, the management of the Cologne City Library started a strategy project for the future music library with a MALIS project group of the TH Cologne in October 2018, which lasted from 01.09.2018 to 30.06.2019 and Prof. Dr. Simone Fühles-Ubach was supervised.

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Daniela Hausen and Jügen Windeck:

Blended learning as a concept in research data management

Research data management (RDM) is a topic that has moved into the focus of researchers, as research funding agencies such as the European Commission or the German Research Foundation increasingly expect FAIR handling of the data. Many researchers ask themselves the following questions: What exactly does research data management mean? What do I have to consider? What new tasks are associated with FDM? Libraries, computer centers and specialist communities must address these questions from researchers and provide adequate support.

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Korbinian Ruff:

License management with the web-based Enterprise Information Management System (EIMS) FILERO

Since the increasingly complex management of license agreements with the common library systems can often only be covered provisionally (or not at all), a flexible and central license management system was set up in the course of this project with the help of an individually and specially adapted model database, which is also used by the Archiving of all related contracts, invoices and correspondence can be processed.

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Eike Spielberg:

Disposal assistant for subject librarians at academic libraries

Space is getting tight - more and more libraries are facing this problem. In addition, there is a growing need for attractive workspaces with short distances to the literature you need. Disposal is the magic word and more and more libraries have to search through the titles of their holdings for possible candidates for disposal. How do you get the necessary information quickly and, moreover, a disposal proposal adapted to the special needs? This is done by the disposal assistant presented in this article, a web application that calculates a specific proposal for disposal based on usage behavior.

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Claudia Frick:

Publication skills and open access in the training program

Open Access is an indispensable development in scientific communication and represents the change from the classic model of a paying readership to freely available knowledge for everyone. Scientific libraries are actively promoting this change on the one hand, but on the other hand they are subject to it themselves, have to react to the changed requirements and change themselves and their structures. No single department in the library is responsible for Open Access; rather, the topic affects each of its areas, including the provision of information. Accordingly, Open Access as a cross-cutting issue should also be located in many parts of the training program.

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Catharina Boss:

Curated Twitter Lists: The ideal tool for media documentaries and journalists

Social media content - cell phone videos, selfies, tweets - are becoming increasingly relevant for media reporting. News agencies and media houses are therefore developing strategies to monitor social networks and filter out usable, so-called "user-generated content". Using the example of thematic lists and the free application TweetDeck, this project shows how structure can be brought into the flood of data on the social network Twitter.

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Christina Kare:

Increase Quantitative Information Literacy - An Online Data Literacy Course

Statistical information and data from a wide variety of research contexts are increasingly freely available and have become an integral part of courses and the media. In order to react to the heterogeneous and increasing demand for information services on this numerical information, the University Library Duisburg-Essen uses the advantages of online self-study courses. These allow access at any time and from any location. That is why the University Library has developed the Moodle course "Researching and using data and statistics" for quantitative information skills.

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Nicole Döll:

HIT THE SHELF - innovation management in an art library

Librarians as co-curators of an exhibition?

Accompanying the exhibition series “Travesty for Advanced” (March 27 - October 11, 2015) of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (GfZK), the art library of the GfZK successfully realized the exhibition-accompanying project series HIT THE SHELF.

The idea was to combine the contents of the exhibition with books. Participating artists were invited to make a selection for the project from the library's holdings. In parallel to the individual contributions to the exhibition, material collages were created in the library that opened up a further frame of reference for the artists' artistic approaches.

What is innovative about the concept developed by the library staff is the cooperation with the current exhibition formats of the GfZK. The greater awareness and use of the art library was an important goal of the practical project (in the MALIS course of the TH Köln under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ursula Georgy) but also to make the content-related discussion of the holdings transparent.

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Margit Schön:

Economic factual databases in usage analysis

Fact databases for process-produced microdata (so-called business and finance data) provide the researchers at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne with important information on markets, companies and key financial figures.

Does the database portfolio that has grown over the years still meet the needs of scientists? Can the library find out with the help of a usage analysis?

The MALIS practical project analyzes the existing usage figures for the 13 factual databases that are currently licensed at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. The aim of the project is to quantitatively and qualitatively assess the development of the use of the individual databases.

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Stefan Niesner:

"On the way to your own search" - A tutorial for putting a VuFind demo version into operation

How can you adapt your own library catalog as completely as possible to local conditions and user requirements? This is done with the help of open source software such as VuFind.

As part of the practical project of the MALIS course of the TH Köln described here, a beginner's tutorial for the commissioning of a VuFind demo version was created. The tutorial is intended in particular to enable libraries without their own IT department to start their own search and to support them in realizing a modern library catalog.

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Christian Schmid:

Media management made easy - introduction of BibControl in the Cologne City Library

Which media are often borrowed? In which library? By which group of people on which days? The Cologne City Library uses these parameters, which can be combined with the Business Intelligence Software BibControl, for the procurement of new media and for the development of new service offers. Together with the previous evaluation of customer recommendations, the new software can be used to optimally match the offer to the wishes of the customer.

The software went live as part of a practical project of the MALIS course of the TH Köln.

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Jana Pössel:

Usability study for the new ZB MED search portal LIVIVO

User-friendly design and intuitive usability in a library catalog? Yes there is. The new ZB MED search portal LIVIVO shows how it is done.

Based on usability studies, ZB MED has created a modern search portal that, thanks to responsive design, can also be used on mobile devices. The project describes a usability test by LIVIVO while the product is still in the beta phase. The result can serve as an exemplary project flow for a usability study, as it can be carried out in libraries without major personnel and financial expenditure.

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Désirée Griesemer & Julia Pletsch:

"Day of postponed housework"

Deferred Chores Day - One Night Is Not Enough in July 2015 aimed to fight against procrastination and to help students write their chores. A toolkit on the subject of designing a scientific argumentation structure and courses on dealing with stress, time management or research should give the students start-up support. Psychological counseling, a sports program that promotes writing and healthy food from the cafeteria completed the program.

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Tim Schumann:

Urban gardening and public libraries: Conception of a series of events in the Bad Oldesloe city library

Public libraries should open up to new concepts in the search for a new self-image and their role in a digital society. A whole series of events on the subject of "Urban Gardening" was organized in the Bad Oldesloe City Library and linked to modern forms of communal learning in the form of a makerspace. In this way, the city library was able to position itself as a modern and innovative place of learning and initiate new initiatives in the city.

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Tobias Rebholz:

Computer-aided thesaurus extension - concept and first attempts at implementation

A high-quality content indexing with the in-house specialist vocabulary of the Standard-Thesaurus Wirtschaft (STW) forms the basis for a successful search for economic information in the research systems of the ZBW - Leibniz Information Center for Economics. The development with STW vocabulary is used to ensure that all relevant titles are taken into account in the search result for search queries. In order for a controlled technical vocabulary like the STW to be able to fulfill its tasks in the long term, continuous further development of the content is elementary. As part of the MALIS project, approaches were worked out that make it possible to determine new terms for an extension of the STW with the aid of a computer.

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Jasmin Schenk:

Gender thesaurus concept - on the importance of a common documentation language for research and information facilities

In view of current infrastructure projects, which are expected to start in the near future, for women / gender information institutions on the one hand and gender studies on the other, Prof. Dr. Heike Neuroth supervised the MALIS project with the aim of pointing out the meaning and necessity of a common gender-sensitive documentation language and developing suggestions for the development of a gender thesaurus.

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Kerstin Bürger:

Development and expansion of target group-oriented offers for senior citizens in the Bensheim City Library

Demographic change and digitization are changing society to a presumably unprecedented degree and are therefore also presenting public educational institutions such as libraries with new challenges. For older people in particular, there are often hurdles in using the Internet.As part of a practical project, a concept for offers was developed in the Bensheim City Library in 2014 to enable or facilitate senior citizens' participation in digital life.

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Kerstin Klein:

Promoting subject-specific information skills: Development of an overall concept at the Institute for Political Science at RWTH Aachen University

The aim of this MALIS practical project was to make targeted use of the specialized competencies in institute libraries as interfaces between specialist scientists and students. It was shown how a concept to promote information literacy can be created with little human and financial resources, which can be adapted to the needs of a small institute and implemented with the help of the institute library.

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Petra Maier:

The creation of a TEI metadata schema for the marking of texts of the Classical Maya

In January 2014, the project “Text database and dictionary of Classical Maya”, funded by the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts, started at the University of Bonn to research and fully decipher the script and language of Classical Maya. The aim of the project is to collect all traditional Mayan inscriptions, i.e. H. from the time before the conquest by the Spaniards around 1500 AD, to be developed and systematically documented using a metadata concept. The systematic analysis of the structure of the language and the writing system of Classical Maya is based on this data.

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Jimi Nam-Osterkamp:

Preliminary work for (re-) cataloging the Old Koreanica from the library collection of the Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr University Bochum

The Altkoreanica collection in the library of the Faculty for East Asian Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, comprises 35 works in 100 volumes from the early 18th to early 20th centuries. Most of them were inventoried in the 1960s, but only with an inappropriately short, mostly incomplete description given the relative rarity of the works. As part of the MALIS project (supervisor: Prof. Margarete Payer), the initial or partly new cataloging of this old Koreanica according to today's standards is aimed for. For this purpose, the problem complex of old Korean prints with regard to the formal cataloging is first developed and a comparative analysis of international practical examples is carried out.

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MALIS practical projects from previous years

  • Oßwald, Achim; Tappenbeck, Inka; Meinhardt, Haike; Rösch, Hermann [Hrsg.]: MALIS practical projects 2014. Project reports from the part-time master’s course in library and information science at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Wiesbaden: 2014 (B.I.T.online Innovativ, 50)
  • Oßwald, Achim; Tappenbeck, Inka; Meinhardt, Haike; Rösch, Hermann [Hrsg.]: MALIS practical projects 2013. Project reports from the part-time master's degree in library and information science at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Wiesbaden: 2013 (B.I.T.online Innovativ, 44)
  • Oßwald, Achim; Tappenbeck, Inka; Meinhardt, Haike; Rösch, Hermann [Hrsg.]: MALIS practical projects 2012. Project reports from the part-time master's degree in library and information science at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Wiesbaden: 2012 (B.I.T.online Innovativ, 40)
  • Oßwald, Achim; Tappenbeck, Inka; Meinhardt, Haike; Rösch, Hermann [Hrsg.]: MALIS practical projects 2011. Project reports from the part-time master’s course in library and information science at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Wiesbaden: 2011 (B.I.T.online Innovativ, 35)