Library Lens On New Technologies

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Slides (with embedded videos) from a presentation I gave for librarians of the UNC Library, organized by the Staff Development Committee, on December 4th, 2009.

I covered Dropbox, Twitter, and Google Wave, and in the process talked about broader trends such as cloud computing and social networking, and what they (might) mean for libraries.

A lot of what I actually said is left out here, so until I create an audio track (if I ever do), please contact me if you have questions or are curious.

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  • Share experience as a Student, 4 classes with links, readings, papers
  • Webmail > Dropbox > business infrastructure, and of course libraries
  • Library Lens On New Technologies

    1. 1. Library LensonNew Technologies<br />
    2. 2. About me...<br />
    3. 3. 3 x 3<br /><ul><li> What itDoes
    4. 4. What’s the Big Deal
    5. 5. What it Means for Libraries</li></li></ul><li>Dropbox<br />
    6. 6. Dropbox<br />Sync Files b/w Computers<br />Offsite Backup<br />& Recovery<br />2GB Free<br />
    7. 7. “Cloud Computing”<br /><ul><li>Kinda like webmail, photo hosting, etc.
    8. 8. Infrastructure on the Internet: instead of local servers, pay (IBM, Amazon) to host online
    9. 9. Easy Scaling, Lower Costs</li></li></ul><li>Library Use?<br />Dropbox<br /> File Management & Collaboration<br /> Very Useful for Students<br />“The Cloud”<br /> OCLC launching a cloud-based ILS<br /> D.C. Public Lib. uses Amazon cloud services for their website<br />
    10. 10. & The Cloud<br />
    11. 11.
    12. 12. Using Twitter<br />Personal: family, friends<br /> asking questions<br /> sharing information, links, not unlike Facebook…<br />@= a Twitter user e.g. @adrogersam<br />
    13. 13. Using Twitter<br />Professional<br /> following peers, leaders in the field<br /> works as a news filter<br />RT = “re-tweet,” forwarding someone else’s tweet<br />
    14. 14. Social Networking<br />Online communities<br />E.g. Facebook, MySpace,<br /> LinkedIn, Ning<br />Huge effects on<br />Interaction with the web & each other<br />How we get information<br />
    15. 15. Social Networking<br />
    16. 16. Library Use?<br />Outreach & Marketing<br />Pushing out content, esp. of Digital Collections<br />Connecting with Community<br />Librarian Use<br /> keeping up with news / tech.<br /> following peers<br />
    17. 17. andSocial Networks<br />
    18. 18. Google Wave<br />
    19. 19.
    20. 20. What is Wave?<br />Google reinventing email!<br />Emails  “waves”<br />A wave is “equal parts conversation and document”<br />Preserves conversation process<br />Google on Wave<br />
    21. 21. Google Wave<br /><ul><li>Not widely available; invite-only
    22. 22. Experimental, unstable
    23. 23. Steep learning curve
    24. 24. But exciting!
    25. 25. Built with media-rich, small-group collaboration in mind
    26. 26. E.g. Planning a group trip</li></li></ul><li>What if?<br /><ul><li>New kinds of collaboration
    27. 27. Brave thinking
    28. 28. Google’s clout
    29. 29. “Google wave is the most exciting and interesting Web application that’s ever been created, ever.”</li></ul> -- Gina Trapani, Lifehacker<br />
    30. 30. Library Use?<br />What if…? <br />Richer reference interactions<br />Powerful (when stable) co-browsing system<br />Flexible Pathfinders, Course Pages<br />Collaboration / Workflows for Librarians<br />
    31. 31. & What if?<br />
    32. 32. Thanks!<br />Questions, <br />Comments,<br />collaborations…<br />Adam Rogers<br />adamrogers@unc.edu<br />

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