iSchool Capstone

Capstone Projects

2018

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#StrategicRe-Planning

In 2015, the Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) established a Strategic Plan (SP) that identified four focus areas, Vibrant Learning Center, Wellbeing Cultivator, Dynamic Third Place, and Community & Cultural Connector. Unfortunately, a year into the project the Library underwent some changes in administration, causing the Plan to be neglected. The new Director of Library Services seeks to revitalize the SP. The project includes reassessing and updating the Plan, its four focus areas, the SP website, creating an internal (staff) and external (public) communication plan, and the actual reintegration of the Plan in a fun way.
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A Book for Every Reader: Collection Maintenance at ReWA

Refugee Women’s Alliance’s Early Learning Center is a preschool for children three to five years old, providing multilingual and multicultural childcare and education. The ELC’s classroom libraries are made up of primarily donated materials, and therefore have no cohesive organizational structure. ReWA’s ELC preschool teachers needed an organizational system for their classroom collections, as well as instructor guides to aid them in identifying books for lessons on specific subjects. After completing an inventory and evaluation of the collection our team developed an organizational system, identified gaps in the collection, and offered recommendations to fill those gaps.
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A Framework for Augmented and Virtual Reality Job Training: Using Digital Realities and Gamification to Improve Workplace and Educational Efficiency

This project is meant to determine the feasibility and willingness for libraries to use virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies (digital realities) in order to solve modern information problems. As a whole, library employees were generally enthusiastic about the technology. Unfortunately, research on AR/VR software and a survey of library professionals revealed a lack of training, budget concerns, uncertainty of its usefulness, and a lack of meaningful software. However, the secondary aspect of this project would help alleviate some of these concerns with the creation of freely available software that are meaningful and relevant toward libraries and makerspaces.
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A Strategic Dashboard for the Virginia Beach Public Library

The Virginia Beach Public Library compiles its key data into a single spreadsheet that is then used to create strategic planning documents. This spreadsheet contains a compilation of data from the various branches and is subdivided into strategic planning categories. The Virginia Beach Public Library staff recently acquired a new business intelligence tool and requested that I try to make their data live rather than static. This would reduce time and effort in creating their periodic reports to the city of Virginia Beach. My efforts with led to the creation of a dashboard accessible via the web and mobile devices.
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ADA: Make Sure Everyone Can Access The Website!

We do not believe that having a disability limits a person’s potential. Everyone should have the equal access to the “new world”. We adopted the four principles published by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the UW record management websites, to make sure they are perceivable, operable, understandable and robust. This project is going to help both Records Management Services and its over 20,000 users.
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Adticipate

Successful marketing strategies can be expensive and elusive for startups running on limited personnel and budget. Mistargeted ad campaigns often result in failure, wasting time and resources. Adticipate offers startups a marketing workflow and Facebook ad campaign algorithm combined with machine learning that guarantees predictable results with minimal effort.
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Airlift Northwest Elevate: Delivering lifesaving care, faster.

Elevate is a mission-critical, high-availability application for Airlift Northwest emergency flight nurses and pilots in Washington and Alaska. These professionals transport severely ill or injured patients by airplane and helicopter to reach lifesaving medical treatment. We bridge the communication gap between the dispatch center on the ground and flight crews in the air by displaying real-time mission status. Elevate ensures flight crews arrive at the right location with the equipment and information needed to immediately administer lifesaving patient care.
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AMPR

We connect people in a meaningful way by taking online dating, offline. AMPR is for those who are tired of mindless swiping and superficial conversations. Our unique date generator plans dates for users based on mutual interests, first date preferences, and individual schedules so they can focus on developing meaningful relationships. We want users to use our product as a tool, not a crutch; that is why we welcome all users, whether they’re looking to meet someone new or discover local spots. Swipe less, date more.
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An Analysis of Restricting Library Materials in Prison

This project delivers research with an emphasis on the restriction of prison reading materials and the various implications that poses on intellectual freedom as well as the safety and security of these practices. Through comprehensive analysis of data, policy, and methodology of published works, it became possible to conduct surveys of institutional library professionals to seek raw data to better understand the process and impact of restrictions of library materials. Data supports that intellectual freedom is hindered and that the process of restriction posses an ethical quandary.
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Applying Empathy for Success: Designing Flexible User Research Frameworks for Innovation

Meaningful understanding of diverse user groups can help maintain top-of-the-line experiences in software and beyond. Epic Games asked the Data Divas to design a study that could be applied across multiple user types for Unreal Engine 4 and its documentation. Phase One involved creating user personas and stories. In Phase Two, we developed a flexible methodology using customizable task sets and user-centric evaluation through journey maps and open-ended questions. In Phase Three, we tested the methodology with beginning-level users and gained additional insight. Applying this methodology will help quickly assess user needs across an increasingly diversifying user group.