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Two Library Personnel Awarded for Creating Innovative & Cutting-Edge Software

<p>Leslie Sult, Instructional Services Librarian & Mike Hagedon, Senior Applications Systems Analyst/Developer</p>

Leslie Sult, Instructional Services Librarian & Mike Hagedon, Senior Applications Systems Analyst/Developer

Date: March 28, 2013

Contact: University Libraries


Guide on the Side software, developed at the University of Arizona Libraries by Mike Hagedon, senior applications systems analyst/developer, and Leslie Sult, instructional services librarian, is an easily accessible, Web-based, open-source software that interactively guides users through search strategies for online resources.

Although created to help students learn how to use library databases, Guide on the Side software can just as easily be adapted by any organization – education, government, or non-profit – to help users navigate complex websites.

Adoption of Guide on the Side continues to gain in popularity since its debut in July 2012. The software is being used by librarians around the world to create online and interactive tutorials based on authentic and active learning. At the UA more than 25 library tutorials exist and, in one year alone, those tutorials guided nearly 73,000 users through successful searching.

For their efforts in designing, refining and sharing the Guide on the Side software, Leslie Sult and Mike Hagedon have been recognized nationally, receiving awards from two national library associations in the past three months.

2013 Innovation Award given by the Association of Research Libraries Instruction Section
2013 Cutting-Edge Technology in Library Services Award given by the American Library Association

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