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Slides and notes for a seminar on libraries and new web tools. Delivered to the School Library Association on the 20th of June 2009.

Slides and notes for a seminar on libraries and new web tools. Delivered to the School Library Association on the 20th of June 2009.

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  • 1. School Library New Tools Web Tools for the Modern Librarian Alex Isaachsen Director of ICT Cheltenham College Monday, 22 June 2009 For centuries school libraries have been at the heart of research and information sharing in schools. Some consider however that, emerging internet information services like Wikipedia and YouTube are beginning to present school librarians with some significant competition. There are no easy answers ( well at least not from me). While the threat of what the Governor of California raises many important questions - I am not here to answer them. I have been asked to introduce some new (and some not so new) tools that are free and readily available on the web. You need to ask yourselves if you can use them to make an advantage for your library. I am also going to talk a little about how modern pupils learn.
  • 2. Background Monday, 22 June 2009 Director of ICT at Cheltenham College Teacher of 14 Years
  • 3. Monday, 22 June 2009 Clay Shirky - Here Comes Everybody ISBN-10: 0141030623 “Communications tools don’t get socially interesting until they get technologically boring... It's when a technology becomes normal, that the really profound changes happen.” - Writes about the social importance of new technology - how the overheads of organising ourselves have all but disappeared with the advent of new technologies. - and consequently how people are organising themselves without organisations - Wikipedia is a fine example - despite only having one employee wikipedia has millions of articles - He coined the phrase “the internet runs on love” and I think he really means it.
  • 4. Monday, 22 June 2009 Charles Leadbeater - We-Think: Mass innovation, not mass production: Mass Innovation Not Mass Production (Paperback) ISBN-10: 1861978375 Argues that Participation rather than consumption or production will be the key organising idea of future societies
  • 5. Monday, 22 June 2009 Marc Prensky - a hugly respected futurist and speaker on transforming 21st Century education. Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital %20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf He is best known for coining the phrases ‘ digital native’ and ‘digital immigrant’ to illustrate our relationship (and that of the next generation) with technology. “today’s students think and process information fundamentally differently from their predecessors. These differences go far further and deeper than most educators suspect or realize.” He claims that his difference is as a result of the ubiquitous [digital] environment that students have grown up in and the sheer volume of their interaction with it,
  • 6. Monday, 22 June 2009 The Hacker Ethic - Pekka Himanen - ISBN-10: 0436205505 preface by Linus Torvalds - responsible for the collaboration behind the development of the worlds best known free and open-source operating system. refers to Hackers - as the heroes of the computer revolution (Pro Am - or Hobbyists) could be applied to other fields Slackers - the apparent disengaged youth ( who work till 3 am on something that interests them) Crackers - or Black Hats often Script kiddies ( Bad Hackers) According to Himanen, the three main features of hacker ethic are: ■ enthusiastic, passionate attitude to the work that is enjoyed ■ creativity, wish to realise oneself and one's ability, often in teams that are formed spontaneously (project orientation) ■ wish to share one's skills with a community having common goals, ■ along with the need to acquire recognition from one's "tribe"; ■ one is motivated by inner zeal rather than external awards: ■ Very often the fruits of one's work are donated to everybody for their advances and further developments
  • 7. Monday, 22 June 2009 23 Things Public Library of Charlotte & Meck-len-burg County http://plcmcl2-things.blogspot.com/ Started a web 2.0 training blog for a small group of librarians - which has been re used around the world. Shows the power of a blog. Something that was developed by a pro am - published - and passed on by electronic word of mouth.
  • 8. So how do young people think? Monday, 22 June 2009 Lets have a brief look at how generations differ in the way they like to think and learn A context for understanding why the web tools I am going to share with you in a moment
  • 9. Monday, 22 June 2009 Just in Time Just in Case (it’s in the exam)
  • 10. Monday, 22 June 2009 Just in Time Just in Case (it’s in the exam)
  • 11. Monday, 22 June 2009 The costs of publishing have collapsed Filter then Publish Then: Writer > Publisher > Editor > Library > Public Publish then Filter Now: Writer > Public This presents its problems reliability / vs currency
  • 12. Monday, 22 June 2009 The costs of publishing have collapsed Filter then Publish Then: Writer > Publisher > Editor > Library > Public Publish then Filter Now: Writer > Public This presents its problems reliability / vs currency
  • 13. Monday, 22 June 2009 Linear Research - like a ladder ( Fermat’s Last Theorem) Andrew Wiles - 6 years working on his own on a proof for a 300 year old theorem. Like a history’s slowest relay Race this baton was passed from one brilliant mathematician to another until the final goal was reached. Freeform Research - Like a Web ( Human Genome Project) Co-ordinated by the U.S National Institute of Health - allowing 200 research centres around the globe to map the genes of human DNA put another way...
  • 14. Monday, 22 June 2009 Linear Research - like a ladder ( Fermat’s Last Theorem) Andrew Wiles - 6 years working on his own on a proof for a 300 year old theorem. Like a history’s slowest relay Race this baton was passed from one brilliant mathematician to another until the final goal was reached. Freeform Research - Like a Web ( Human Genome Project) Co-ordinated by the U.S National Institute of Health - allowing 200 research centres around the globe to map the genes of human DNA put another way...
  • 15. Monday, 22 June 2009 Just look at the games we play Pong - 1972 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPkUvfL8T1I
  • 16. Monday, 22 June 2009 World of Warcraft How can these slackers assimilate so much information so quickly? I guess they are just used to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGDlZj6bU1A&feature=player_detailpage
  • 17. So what is Web 2.0? Monday, 22 June 2009 A second generation of web development: focussed on content generated by users to communicate and share with others.
  • 18. Monday, 22 June 2009 What is a web tool? No installation or downloads required Works straight off the web
  • 19. Monday, 22 June 2009 What is a web tool? No Fee Paid upgrades and advertising
  • 20. Monday, 22 June 2009 Are They Easy to USE If you have ever managed to book a fare on a budget airline without getting unwanted insurance or lottery tickets then yes it is easy.
  • 21. Monday, 22 June 2009 What is a web tool? Encourages User Generated Content They make you feel valued Is this where the love comes in mentioned by Shirky?
  • 22. The Tools Monday, 22 June 2009 A second generation of web development: focussed on content generated by users to communicate and share with others. This is my selection of tools there are thousands of other available - visit - http:// www.go2web20.net/ Beware: Always consider with things that you share on the web that audiences beyond those you intend - if you are worried that something might be unsuitable then don’t publish it. Some of these you will already be aware of: 1. Try them all - maybe you won’t be able to understand the benefits at first - but all of them are worth a go. 2. In the first instance - Share with your colleges in this room and at this conference none of these tools work well in isolation - you have to learn to share 3. Share the tools you like best with your colleagues and your teachers at school, become an evangelist if you can. 4. Get your school to consider interacting this way with pupils too - this is a chance to take your library to them.
  • 23. Monday, 22 June 2009 Set up a blog to discuss what you find as you explore web 2.0 www.blogger.com I suggest twitter www.twitter.com - it is free, - promotes brevity - and is social and fun. - Tweet 140 Characters only - Follow interesting characters (Phillip Schofield is apparently, very popular) - Write about library development
  • 24. Monday, 22 June 2009 explore www.flickr.com Passive Activity Search View Use Participate Upload Photos Comment on them Organise them Tag them - Geo Tag Them Be Social Comment on others work Make a interest Group Collaborate on projects Keep in Touch
  • 25. Monday, 22 June 2009 Google Sign up to iGoogle http://www.google.com/ig - Aggregates lots of features onto your home page - set it as your homepage Google Groups http://groups.google.com/ - Organise information and people - Highly collaborative Google Docs https://docs.google.com - Share documents - again highly collaborative - nominate users who can make changes Google Reader: http://www.google.com/reader RSS Feeds - Let news come to you - subscribe to rss feeds - from news sites - or blog pages
  • 26. Monday, 22 June 2009 Social Bookmarking http://del.icio.us Share your bookmarks / favourites Signup Buttons Tag - learn to understand tagging - this is becoming very common Sort Share - your tags with like minded individuals - pretty soon you will have a network of interesting people sharing sites that they find interesting too Start a network of useful and relevant sites put another way...
  • 27. Monday, 22 June 2009 Learn to love Wikipedia www.wikipedia.org The Search Cite Discuss Edit history Watch - Adopt a wikipedia Page A few notes from Richard Leveridges’s article in The School Librarian Like a pocket calulator: Trust but verify Schools wikipedia http://schools-wikipedia.org
  • 28. Monday, 22 June 2009 Upload a Youtube Video - you have seen youtube - Try uploading a video - EuroCreator.com is a European initiative to give schools a safe place to source and share video (and other media) on the internet.
  • 29. Monday, 22 June 2009 Social Networking One to many messages Keep in touch - with friends - with colleagues - with groups
  • 30. Monday, 22 June 2009 Subscribe to a podcast Itunes > search > Select podcasts > Subscribe
  • 31. Monday, 22 June 2009 http://librivox.org 2.4k books to download free The worlds most prolific audiobook publisher Recorded by Volunteers from around the world.
  • 32. The Big Questions Monday, 22 June 2009 I
  • 33. Monday, 22 June 2009 Will books still matter in 10 Years? Should we replace books with flat-screen monitors? Will libraries need to evolve?
  • 34. Monday, 22 June 2009 Will we be using more e-Books and Kindle - than hardbacks and journals? Pencil Thin Can download a Novel in 60 seconds Glare free paper-like screen Downloads cost from £0.00 Amazon intends to make available every book ever published. Stores 1,500 books includes text to speech
  • 35. Library? Monday, 22 June 2009 Can libraries remain at the Heart of information technology? Some commentators talk about a crisis of significance for libraries. if eBooks make real books seem expensive or out dated - then what is the point of school libraries? For my perspective the answer to this is simple when you consider the service that the librarians offer: - In terms of guiding research and resource selection - In terms of education about validation and citation - In terms of the relationship between the library and the borrower I hope that now with a better understanding of some of these tools we can make the relationship between pupils and their libraries even stronger.