CDE Conference 09/02/2009. J Secker: Social Software And Libraries


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Dr Jane Secker
London School of Economics and Political Science

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CDE Conference 09/02/2009. J Secker: Social Software And Libraries

  1. 1. Social software and libraries Dr Jane Secker Centre for Learning Technology LSE CDE Conference: 9 th February 2009
  2. 2. Overview of talk <ul><li>The LASSIE Project overview and key outcomes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The project blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing an information skills course: IRIS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What does it tell us about distance learners and libraries? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do we go from here? </li></ul>
  3. 3. LASSIE <ul><li>Libraries and social software in education </li></ul><ul><li>Nine month project funded by University of London’s Centre for Distance Education </li></ul><ul><li>Several project partners </li></ul><ul><li>Literature review to provide a snapshot of activity </li></ul><ul><li>Five case studies to explore different technologies </li></ul>Lassie filming on location in Florida. Photo courtesy State Archive of Florida
  4. 4. LASSIE – what worked? <ul><li>Literature review widely used & cited by library community </li></ul><ul><li>Many publications and conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies showed the value of tools such as blogs, social bookmarking, podcasting, Facebook to enhance library services </li></ul><ul><li>Strength of project team </li></ul><ul><li>Value of the blog as a research tool </li></ul>
  5. 5. Libraries and web 2.0 <ul><li>A lot of enthusiasm for new technology in some parts the library community: blogs, wikis, social bookmarking etc. </li></ul><ul><li>New technology can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach new audiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage with users more effectively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance services by allowing greater interaction and feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many issues including: privacy / data protection, staff development </li></ul>
  6. 6. Web 2.0 is good for: <ul><li>Community building </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Conversations </li></ul><ul><li>All help support and motivate distance learners </li></ul>
  7. 7. Supporting distance learners’ use of libraries <ul><li>Found many similarities between distance and full time students </li></ul><ul><li>Students experience is of libraries is increasingly via the web </li></ul><ul><li>Physical libraries becoming increasingly social – should virtual libraries mirror this trend? </li></ul><ul><li>Recent research shows students are lacking information literacy skills (CIBER report) </li></ul><ul><li>New technologies provide new opportunities for our services </li></ul>
  8. 8. Developing IRIS <ul><li>IRIS (Improving your Reading and Information Skills) is a course for EMFSS students in Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Four modules on: reading and libraries, using the Online Library, improving search skills, advanced use of the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Also developed material on citing, referencing and plagiarism to go elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 400 students have accessed IRIS since launch in September 2008 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Screenshot from IRIS
  10. 10. Areas for further work <ul><li>Evaluation of IRIS – feedback from students and subsequent modifications </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling out IRIS to other parts of the External Programme – many of the modules are generic </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing other parts of the Online Library website with web 2.0 technologies </li></ul><ul><li>But all require further funding…. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Farewell LASSIE <ul><li>For more information contact: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Project website: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Project blog: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious account: </li></ul>