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This is the home page of a collaborative effort amongst the Library and Sakai communities to design and develop a product to make library resources more accessible and useful within the new Sakai 3 collaboration and learning environment. More information about Sakai 3 is available on the managed Sakai 3 project to deliver Sakai 3.0 by the end of June 2011 page.

Recent News
We recently completed a multi-institutional user research study to understand more about why and how instructors use scholarly resources while preparing and conducting their courses - Download our report

What's Next
We communicate through the Web Meetings listed below. These web meetings are open to all - feel free to join us!

Questions? Interested in getting involved? Email us!

Participating Institutions

Quick Links

User Interview Process Timeline

Interview Protocol: interviewer training, resources necessary for an interview and what to do after completing an interview.

Interviewee Summary: quickly see the distribution of interviewees we have recorded so far.

Interviewee Information Form: complete this form to add a new interviewee to our records.

Web Meetings

June 24, 2010

  • Discussing updates from the Sakai Conference and next steps for the Library & Sakai 3 Integration Project.

May 27, 2010

  • Discussing context scenarios, the beginnings of requirements and initial lo-fidelity prototypes.

April 22, 2010

  • Discussing personas, workflow and a community context scenarios activity.

March 25, 2010

  • Discussing findings from the multi-institutional instructor research study and next steps in the design process.

February 25, 2010

February 25 meeting canceled

The Library & Sakai integration meeting scheduled for Thursday (2/25) is canceled, as Gaurav is unexpectedly away from the office. The next call will be held Thursday, March 25th, 11:30am-1pm Eastern.

December 17, 2009

  • Updates on the 25 finished interviews, preliminary findings from analysis and debriefing sessions and what's next now that we have this data.

November 19, 2009

  • Updates from schools that have completed interviews, insights from interviews so far and plans to get the data collected and analyzed.

October 15, 2009

  • Discussing how the user interview preparation process is going, share successful strategies/resources and address outstanding issues.

September 17, 2009

  • Discussing user interviews: main research question, interview goals, process and coordination.

August 20, 2009

  • Discussing project vision, institutional involvement and beginning the user interview process.

June 23, 2009

May 28, 2009

  • Gauging community needs and how to communicate.

March 17, 2009

Connect to a Web Meeting

All Web Meetings are at 11:30am - 1pm Eastern using the Sakai001 Conference Bridge:

  • Telephone: +1 812 856 7060
  • Polycom or Lifesize:
  • Tandberg or XMeeting: 22X@
  • Conference Code: 22348#
  • PIN: 72524#

Adobe Acrobat Connect will be available only as needed for screen sharing at


Sakai 3 Potential Library Vignettes
Library & Sakai 3 User-Centered Design Proposal
Existing Sakai library integration use cases 2005-2009
Presentation from 10th Sakai Conference, Boston, July 10, 2009
Boston Conference Notes (currently available only to project members)


  1. More information is available on the managed Sakai 3 project to deliver Sakai 3.0 by the end of June 2011.

  2. As I've thought more about OAE content and citations, I think ideally we don't think of "citations" as distinct from other stuff in OAE, including references to stuff out on the web (aka "links"). Why not just say in OAE:

    1. we work with documents
    2. those documents can have enhanced metadata (not just title and mediatype, but publisher, volume, issue, etc.)
    3. references to these documents can:
      1. be grouped into lists for course reading lists, syllabii and so forth (see e.g. Talis' [Resource List|] RDF vocabularly; also being picked up by Zotero, BTW)
      2. integrated into Sakai Documents either via simple link, or more complex citation (generated, say, by citeproc-js running on the server) 

    It seems to me this approach could be simple, yet powerful.