Librarian and Co-founder Sidecar Learning Tucson, Arizona
Background: In this poster session, which will also include a hands-on demonstration with a laptop, participants will learn about a new tool, Sidecar Learning, (https://www.sidecarlearning.com) that allows librarians to create interactive guides in minutes. The tool was developed by two University of Arizona librarians and has been used to reach thousands of students. Attendees will learn about how Sidecar Learning was used to create engaging microlearning interactive step-by-step guides for PubMed. Attendees will also learn about why and how two librarians made the leap from librarian to entrepreneur.
Description: Librarians need a tool that to teach students how to use complicated library databases online so that they can reach more students anywhere, anytime. Videos, although a great medium, are passive and are not easy to create nor edit. Many other solutions either require programming expertise or are pedagogically lacking. We used Sidecar Learning to create in-app guides for students in medicine, pharmacy, and nursing with great success. Attendees will lean how we created the interactive guides and what students and instructors thought of them. Attendees will also have a chance to create a guide on the spot and/or act as a student and learn with a guide.
Conclusion: We have reached thousands of students with these guides. We will present usage data, student comments (anonymized), and other successes. This poster will present both this program information and information on the process of moving from librarianship to entrepreneurship with the help of the presenters' home library, the business college, and the tech transfer office at their university.