Presented at Code4Lib 2013 Conference as a Lightning Talk. (i.e. the 5 minute version of the full presentation)
It should be no surprise that many library users have difficulty finding items using call numbers. To help users find items effectively and efficiently, Ryerson University Library & Archives (RULA) has built a web application for mapping physical items.
While not a new idea, our program is integrated into the user’s flow of information without having to load a special app. Unlike many other similar existing tools, our mapping tool also provides all the related information, a built-in search, links to video tutorials, the ability to share the link, and a way to get more help. In addition, the sleek, full-size interface is responsive to work on any size device.
The lightning talk version focused on the implementation of the app, namely the addition of physical shelf signage, usability testing, and usage statistics.