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Rural & Small Web 2.0 Tools How to find Immense Collaboration with Miniscule Library Resources Prepared for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries Annual Conference, Gatlinburg, TN, 2009 by Sonja Plummer-Morgan
What we hope to accomplish… Introduce social networks Explore time saving social network tools Connect traditional and modern library precepts
Why Social Networks? Keeps you connected with other professionals Social networking tools can be used to share information, advertise events, and connect with local and distance readers. Librarians often underestimate the impact they can make in any online or local community.
What Happens Online? E-learning Photographs and other documents digitized Rural isolation partially mitigated Answers found to questions for our patrons Library associations share news Books recommended, downloaded, discussed Emerging trends discussed Libraries marketed and promoted Creative spirits expressed (art)
Wikis Project Gutenburg http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page Largest and first producer of free online books 30,000 free books. Wetpaint http://www.wetpaint.com/page/about “Built on the power of collaborative thinking. Create websites that mix best features of wikis, blogs, forums and social networks into a community.”
“We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.” John Lubbock 1834-1913
The idea of libraries reaching beyond the boundaries of our buildings or communities is expanded with online social networking and communication.
Felt pleased to see patrons over 60 adapting to new technology
Joy Neal, Library DirectorLa Conner Regional LibraryLa Conner, WA email@example.com
Taylor County Library, FL “We have included a blog as part of our library website. We are using Word Press for the web site and the blog. You can check us out @ tcplreads.com.” Pamela S. Grigg, Director Taylor County Public Library Perry, FL firstname.lastname@example.org
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For Further Reading/References Minnesota State University. John Lubbock. http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/information/biography/klmno/lubbock_john.html Keeping Rural Libraries Linked and Rural http://www.pbs.org/livelyhood/ourtowns/lff-rural.html The Rural Blog http://irjci.blogspot.com/ The Latino American Experience http://lae.greenwood.com/blog/ American Indian Library Association http://www.nativeculturelinks.com/aila_faq.html Rural Library Initiative http://www.rurallibraries.org/