Increasing the Value of Our History with the Web

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Increasing the Value of Our History with the Web

  1. 1. Increasing the Value of Our History with the Web Brian C. Gray Case Western Reserve University Kelvin Smith Library Head of Reference & Engineering Librarian Society of Ohio Archivists Spring Program, Plenary, May 8, 2008
  2. 2. Today & the Future <ul><li>Why, how, when, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Potential challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Learning web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Examples & best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Squash the fear and jumpstart new environments, processes, & methods </li></ul>
  3. 3. It is not too late <ul><li>Do not panic, web 2.0 implementations are still fairly new, you are not the last </li></ul><ul><li>Library job ads: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NextGen Librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarian 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need for various web 2.0 skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Gamey” librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library school classes & workshops </li></ul>
  4. 4. It Can Be Simple <ul><li>Not every tool and technique works for every need and/or user </li></ul><ul><li>I do not have time… </li></ul><ul><li>I do not have money… </li></ul><ul><li>The old way works… </li></ul><ul><li>Try to leave with one potential new tool or idea for personal or professional usage </li></ul>
  5. 5. Methods of the Past <ul><li>In-person </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul><ul><li>Promotional Signage </li></ul><ul><li>Microfilm </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Static Internet (web 1.0) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Technology & Generational Changes <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Photosharing </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging, social bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>3-D web (Second Life) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why Web 2.0? <ul><li>Key concepts or focus points: </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration & sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Participant’s ownership in activities </li></ul><ul><li>Creation & creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based rather than software based </li></ul><ul><li>Data/information </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Connections/relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Trust (2-way) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Web 2.0 Concepts <ul><li>Enrichment </li></ul><ul><li>Can be personalized </li></ul><ul><li>Participation </li></ul><ul><li>Decentralized </li></ul><ul><li>User “tagged” or defined </li></ul><ul><li>Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Remixable </li></ul><ul><li>Behavior rather than the actual tools </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond static web pages </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Long Tail <ul><li>No longer just focusing on the majority of users or the primary “hits” </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 allows exposure of information, data, images, etc. to the “niche” users </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html#mememap </li></ul>
  11. 11. Where do I start? <ul><li>Look at the examples that exist </li></ul><ul><li>Many of these tools are simple and require minimal web skills </li></ul><ul><li>Read and learn from the experts </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on, get dirty, and play </li></ul>
  12. 12. Learning 2.0 <ul><li>http://plcmclearning.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County </li></ul><ul><li>Helene Blowers </li></ul>
  13. 13. Learning 2.0 <ul><li>23 Things over couple of months </li></ul><ul><li>Incentives for staff </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons License </li></ul><ul><li>Self-paced or guided </li></ul><ul><li>Exploration of web 2.0 basics </li></ul><ul><li>The model for bringing everything under one umbrella </li></ul>
  14. 14. Learning 2.0 <ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Online applications </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Many other tools </li></ul>
  15. 17. http://technorati.com/weblog/2007/04/328.html
  16. 18. http://technorati.com/weblog/2007/04/328.html
  17. 19. Spam Blogs (Splogs) <ul><li>Technorati has been tracking between 3,000 - 7,000 new splogs created each day </li></ul><ul><li>Significant spike in splog creation during early December, when 11,000 splogs created each day </li></ul>http://technorati.com/weblog/2007/04/328.html
  18. 20. http://technorati.com/weblog/2007/04/328.html
  19. 21. http://technorati.com/weblog/2007/04/328.html
  20. 22. http://technorati.com/weblog/2007/04/328.html
  21. 23. http://technorati.com/weblog/2007/04/328.html
  22. 24. Do you recognize RSS?
  23. 25. RSS <ul><li>RSS drives the data transfer in many web 2.0 tools </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient way to share news and data, plus support research </li></ul><ul><li>User initiated subscriptions to a “web address containing data” </li></ul>
  24. 26. KSL RSS Feeds
  25. 28. PBwiki
  26. 31. Visual <ul><li>Screencasts </li></ul><ul><li>Movies </li></ul><ul><li>Flash </li></ul>
  27. 38. Podcasts
  28. 44. Second Life
  29. 45. SL Conferences
  30. 46. Cleveland Public Library
  31. 50. Renaissance Island
  32. 51. Vincent Van Gogh
  33. 52. SL Libraries
  34. 53. Brian C. Gray <ul><li>Head of Reference & Engineering Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Case Western Reserve University </li></ul><ul><li>Kelvin Smith Library </li></ul><ul><li>bcg8@case.edu or (216) 368-8685 </li></ul><ul><li>http://blog.case.edu/bcg8/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.squidoo.com/library2point0/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/bcg8 </li></ul>

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