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Presentation for Elgin County Library's Spring Workshop 2008, on Libraries and Technology

Presentation for Elgin County Library's Spring Workshop 2008, on Libraries and Technology

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  • 1. Libraries in the Digital Age Life Beyond Google
  • 2. Library 2.0, Embracing
    • A new version of the Internet (version 2.0) is now available. Librarians are now free to abandon the old one.
    • … from “A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette”, October 29 th , 2007
  • 3. The Web Used to Be … Static Information is one-way Developer-driven One-dimensional Non-collaborative Client-server Reading Companies Home pages Lectures Advertising Services sold over the web
  • 4. The Web is NOW… Dynamic Collaborative Personalized Social Do It Yourself Interactive Creative User-driven Writing Peer to peer Communities Blogs Conversation Word of Mouth Web services
  • 5. Social, Collaborative: What does it look like?
    • The user now contributes
    • Content comes to the user, the user no longer needs to go to the content (RSS)
    • Web applications are written by and for the user
    Out with the old… And in with the new
  • 6. The Web is... More than Words
    • YouTube
    • VideoJug
    • TeacherTube
    • Rocketbook
    • TED Talks
      • Videos are taking over! YouTube is socially-driven, others are great reference tools!
    • Flickr
      • Social photo-sharing
  • 7. The Web is …Social and Collaborative!
    • Facebook and MySpace
      • Social networking: connecting with “friends”, creating networks, news feeds keep us “in the loop”.
    • Del.icio.us
      • Social bookmarking : sharing your favourites on the web
    • LibraryThing
    • Lib.rario.us
      • Social cataloguing ! Library technology becomes mainstream – organizing media is fun!
  • 8. The Web is… “Do It Yourself”
    • Wikis
      • Allow users to collaboratively create, edit, link, and organize the content of a website, usually for reference material.
      • Often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites.
    • Blogs
      • Personalizing web content
      • Technorati: Searching the Blogosphere
    • RSS feeds and readers
      • The user’s experience is what counts: information goes to the user, the user doesn’t have to go to the information.
    • Tagging
      • User-driven “subject headings”.
      • A way of organizing web content.
  • 9. The Web is… Libraries!
    • WorldCat (OCLC)
      • Search libraries around the world
    • National Libraries
    • Library of Congress
      • Search the catalogue, and authority records online
    • Amicus
      • Canadian “Library of Congress”
    • LibDex
      • Index of 18,000 libraries around the world
  • 10. The Web is… Professional
    • Web Junction
      • OCLC and the Gates Foundation bringing you free professional development on the Web!
    • Facebook
      • Who is on Facebook? OCLC, Library of Congress, National Library of Canada, and hundreds of academic and public libraries.
      • Library applications from Online catalogues to IM Reference
    • Blogs!
      • Librarian.net (Jessamyn West)
      • Librarian in Black
      • Stephen’s Lighthouse
      • The Ubiquitous Librarian
      • Free Range Librarian
  • 11. Sick Sense of Humour, On Having A
    • Respond to every reference question with the following phrase: “Well, let me check Wikipedia…”
    • This will amuse you while alarming the library patron. Repeat as needed.
    • … from A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette
    • January 22 nd , 2008
  • 12. Issues with 2.0
    • Authority control v. tagging
    • Authoritativeness of sources – where do they come from, are they correct/valid, how do we determine validity?
    • Opinion v. fact, e.g. Blogs are editorials and don’t necessarily relate news in an objective manner
    • “ Too many hands in the pot”