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  • Preparing yourself and your library for the future Anne Robinson Learning Resources and Information Services Manager Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College
  • Aims of the Workshop
    • To examine the key challenges
    • To look at new technologies in the context of school libraries
    • To discuss practical ways to ensure developing technologies enhance our role
    • To devise convincing arguments for SLT
    • Top tips to develop a clear view of where and how you want to move forward in the next few years
  • 1.0 Future challenges
    • Increasing use of ICT
    • Googleitis
    • “ Death of the book”
    • Libraries being marginalised
    • Everyone is an expert
    • Information Literacy – what is that?
    • “ Library” in the palm of the hand
  • Today’s student has never known schools without the internet
  • 1.1 Where have we come from? DVDs, Podcasts, MP3s, Mobile phones, texting Laptops, iPods, Wifi, Whiteboards ??????? 2000s Books etc plus audiocassettes, CDs, Video BBC Model Bs, Prestel, Teletext Acorns, RMs, Macs, PCs, The Web, Email… 1980s-1990s Books, magazines, newspapers, packs Letters and telephone Card catalogues and Browne Issue 1982
  • Joyce Valenza
  • 1.2 Where are we going?
    • Activity 1
    • 2015 - a library odyssey
    • What do you think the school library of the future will look like?
  • 1.3 My view
    • Beyond the walls/classroom/school
    • The message not the medium
    • Linking information and people
    • Creativity and fun
    • Wider collaboration
    • Librarians’ skills
  • 2.0 New technologies
    • Web 2.0  Library 2.0  School Library 2.0
    • What do these mean?
  • 2.1 What is Web 2.0?
    • The Web as a Platform/Operating System
    • Harnessing Collective Intelligence: mobs replace a single expert
    • Data is the Next Intel Inside: metadata more important than data
    • End of the Software Release Cycle: perpetual beta is good
    • Lightweight Programming Models: flexibility and speed make things better
    • Software Above the Level of a Single Device: convergence is the key.
    • Rich User Experiences: make it better and they will use it
  • Tagging RSS YouTube Podcasting VLEs Social Book marking Social networks Blogs Wikis Next Big Thing ? Web 2.0
  • 2.2 Definitions of Web 2.0
    • All definitions taken from:
    • Webopedia Computer Dictionary at:
  • 2.3 Blog
    • n.) Short for Web log , a blog is a Web page that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual. Typically updated daily, blogs often reflect the personality of the author.
    • (v.) To author a Web log.
    • Other forms: Blogger (a person who blogs).
  • 2.4 RSS
    • RSS is the acronym used to describe the standard for the syndication of Web content . RSS most widespread usage is in distributing news headlines on the Web. A Web site that wants to allow other sites to publish some of its content creates an RSS document and registers the document with an RSS publisher. A user that can read RSS-distributed content can use the content on a different site. Content can include data such as news feeds, events listings, news stories, headlines, project updates, excerpts from discussion forums or even corporate information.
  • 2.5 Social networking
    • Abbreviated as SNS a s ocial n etworking s ite is the phrase used to describe any Web site that enables users to create public profiles within that Web site and form relationships with other users of the same Web site who access their profile. Social networking sites can be used to describe community-based Web sites, online discussions forums, chatrooms and other social spaces online.
  • 2.6 Tagging
    • Commonly used in blogs, site authors attach keyword descriptions (called tags) to identify images or text within their site as a categories or topic. Web pages and blogs with identical tags can then be linked together allowing users to search for similar or related content. If the tags are made public, online pages that act as a Web-based bookmark service are able to index them. tags can be created using words, acronyms or numbers. Tags are also called tagging, blog tagging, folksonomies (short for folks and taxonomy), or social bookmarking .
  • 2.7 VLEs and Learning Platforms
    A virtual learning environment (VLE) is a set of teaching and learning tools designed to enhance a student's learning experience by including computers and the Internet in the learning process. Principal components include curriculum mapping, assessment, student tracking, online support, electronic communication, and Internet links to outside curriculum resources.
  • 2.8 Wiki
    • A collaborative Web site comprises the perpetual collective work of many authors. Similar to a blog in structure and logic, a wiki allows anyone to edit, delete or modify content that has been placed on the Web site using a browser interface, including the work of previous authors. In contrast, a blog, typically authored by an individual, does not allow visitors to change the original posted material, only add comments to the original content. The term wiki refers to either the Web site or the software used to create the site.
  • 3.0 Enhancing our role
    • Some of the things that we could do:
    • Get a Gmail account and Google docs and aps
    • Use RSS to keep up-to-date
    • Create a wiki
    • Investigate YouTube
    • Create an avatar in Second Life and do something with it
    • Podcast using Audacity
    • Use alternatives to Internet Explorer
  • 3.1 Enhancing our role
    • Some more things that we could do:
    • Create our own Library Blog
    • Social bookmarking using, Rollyo or Furl
    • Use social networks like Facebook, MySpace or TeacherLibrarianNing
    • Make our own Homepage with iGoogle
    • Make our own search portal with Swicki
    • Bring it all together with Suprglu
  • 3.2 Issues with using new technologies
    • We are too busy to play
    • We don’t understand how we can use new technologies in our jobs now
    • We would rather just read about them
    • We just want to be told which ones are relevant and just learn about those ones.
  • 3.3 So why should we learn?
    • Core business - linking information and people.
    • Productivity - many of our tasks can made easier using emerging technologies.
    • Understanding all formats - we may be asked about these information sources.
    • Trend watching - keep up with new ideas.
    • Our skills are useful - tagging, metadata, data-mining, indexing - new technologies need our skills.
    • Experimenting gains skills .
  • 3.4 So why should we learn?
    • Dealing with vendors – WebOPAC functions, what can we get for free?
    • Being prepared. What a few early adopters are using now, others will use in 18 months.
    • Core concerns being redefined e.g. copyright, plagiarism.
    • Manage our staff.
    • Fun and creative .
    • Better service.
    • So we can tell the IT dept what we want!
    • Our users are required to keep up.
    • International perspective.
    • Finding out what other libraries are doing.
    • Standards are different.
    • Can’t predict the future, so need to experiment.
    • Crowds are fickle.
    • Better collaboration.
    3.5 So why should we learn? Greenhill, Kathryn, 2007. 20 reasons why learning emerging technologies is part of every librarian’s job. Librarians Matter Blog Archive 06/07/2007.
  • Help! How do I start?
  • 3.6 23 Things - distilled
    • Introduction
    • Blogging
    • Photos and images
    • RSS and newsreaders
    • Play week
    • Tagging, Folksonomies & Technorati
    • Wikis
    • Online Applications & Tools
    • Podcasts, Video & Downloadable audio
  • What are other School Librarians doing?
  • School Library Websites Old technology?
  • Learning Platforms and VLEs
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
    • Activity 2:
    • Discuss ways in which you might use these technologies
    3.7 Enhancing our role
  • 4.0 Persuading your SLT
    • Shifted thinking:
    • School Librarian as an agent of change in changing times
    • School Library as an “information place”
    • School Library as a hub, above the level of a single classroom
    • Harnessing collective student and staff intelligence
    • School Library is the next Intel Inside – marketing
    • End of the School Library materials cycle: no more overdues!
    • Flexible use of the School Library
    • Inclusion – School Libraries here for everyone
    • The expertise is already here
    • School Librarians collaborating, learning, changing
    • Activity 3:
    • Share one way that you could persuade your SLT
    4.1 Persuading your SLT
  • 5.0 Top tips
    • Take time to dream
    • Where are you now and where do you want to be?
    • Just do it
    • Train yourself
    • 30 minutes
    • Don’t do the dusting
    • Get outside the library
    • Ask students for help
    • Stop Watering the Rocks – work with the living
    • Reflect
    • Share your vision
  • Thank you! Anne Robinson MA, MCLIP URL: Email: [email_address]