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Expanding Library Services & Content With New Technologies



Class given at NHSL on 14 November, 2006.

Class given at NHSL on 14 November, 2006.



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    • Expanding Your Collection & Services With New Technologies Or… I didn’t know I could do THAT online! 14 November 2006 NHSL
    • Class Focus
      • New, free (or at least really cheap) software that can be easily used in a public library.
      • New, free information or entertainment based on new technologies that can be used in a public library.
    • Goals
      • Learn about online applications.
      • Use online services to expand our libraries’ offerings.
      • Discuss ways to promote these Web-based services.
      • Discover new ways people are using the Web.
    • Hands-on Activities
      • In today’s class, we will be trying out online programs and visiting sites that offer information and entertainment in new, exciting ways.
    • Web 2.o
      • Web 2.0 is based on the idea that the Web is more than a place to find information from “official” sources.
      • Web 2.0 is built on the concept of individuals being able to create their own content, share that content with others, and connect with people who share their interests.
    • Web 2.0 is on the move…
      • Web 2.0 is based on a “Web-based platform” instead of a desktop-based platform.
        • Web-based=remote, flexible, on-the-go, community
        • Desktop=stationary, inflexible, yours alone
    • Read-Write Web
      • The fact that users can not only read online information, but create (or write) it, too, is the reason why Web 2.0 is sometimes called the Read-Write Web.
    • Libraries + Web 2.0 = Fabulous Services & Content
      • Web 2.0 is perfect for libraries, librarians and our patrons, alike!
      • Our library patrons, like us, work, study, and get news and entertainment from many different locations (computers).
    • Web 2.0 works for us
      • Web 2.0 travels with us.
      • Once costly programs are now freely available online.
      • The require little “real” technical knowledge.
    • Software challenges in a public environment
      • Security restrictions on computer terminals limit or prohibit downloading.
      • No patron control over available software.
      • Possible limitations with saving and/or transferring data onto various storage devices.
    • Why Web 2.0 really works in libraries
      • Web-based applications get around many of the security restrictions we must place on our public computers.
      • No downloading needed.
      • No special access needed.
      • Your programs – when you need them, where you need them.
    • What We Can Do On Web 2.0
      • Write a document and save it as a PDF.
      • Create a blog that others can read
      • Upload our pictures and video – and even edit them completely online.
      • Watch the news from other countries in real time.
    • What We Will Be Doing Today…
      • Create a document and save it online.
      • Edit and save photos online.
      • Watch online video.
      • Discover other Web-base services!
    • Online Word Processors (& more)
    • Online word processors
      • Offer the same features – and sometimes more features – than desktop word processing software!
      • Offer online storage to keep backup copies of documents safe and conveniently located.
    • Google Docs
      • Use your Google login information to sign into Google docs.
    • Uploading an existing document
    • Browse your computer
    • Open the new PDF
    • Spreadsheets
      • Google also offers a spreadsheet program, too!
      • Let’s open this spreadsheet from within the program…
    • Open a new spreadsheet…
    • Import your spreadsheet…
    • 3-Minute Play Time!
      • Open another browser…
      • Visit: www.imaginationcubed.com
      • Wow!
    • Wow!
    • Online Storage: Your Files Where You Need Them To Be
    • Online storage
      • There are many sites that allow users to create free accounts and save 30 MB to 5 GB of files online.
      • (Remember – the floppy disk only holds 1.44 MB!)
      • Higher storage amounts usually require a reasonable yearly fee.
    • Why save your files online?
      • Your online account follows you from place to place, computer to computer. If you have online access, you have access to your files.
    • Ever hear this…?
      • “Do you have a floppy disk I can borrow?”
      • “What do you mean, you don’t have USB ports? I have a flash drive! How am I going to save my paper?!?”
      • Share online storage options with your patrons!
    • How does it work?
      • Choose an online service. (There are many to choose from!)
      • Create a free account.
      • Upload your files!
      • Let’s upload a file to our Yahoo Briefcase…
    • Finding your Yahoo Briefcase
      • Visit: briefcase.yahoo.com
      • Sign in using your Yahoo account information.
      • Verify the “word” in the account verification set up.
    • Adding files to your account
    • Create a new folder, if desired…
    • Upload up to six files at once…!
    • Accessing your files
    • Your account information
    • Online Storage: Summary
      • There are many different services available.
      • The services vary by storage limits.
      • Choose a service that fits your needs.
    • 5-Minute Play Time
      • Have you ever VoIP-ed anyone before?
      • (Voice over the Internet Protocol)
      • You can use your Internet connection to make free or low-cost phone calls.
      • We are using Skype today.
    • Skype essentials
      • USB Skype Certified phone ($30 & up)
      • Free Skype software
      • Free Skype account
    • How Skype could work for you
      • Use Skype when calling your “cell-phone only” patrons.
      • Give a patron class or demo on using Skype.
    • Online Photo Editing
    • Open a photo file from your computer
    • Resizing an image Click, hold and drag the corner to resize the image.
    • Cropping your image
    • Saving your image
    • Logging into Flickr
    • Let’s not choose a new name now…
    • Give your permission
    • Describe as desired…
    • Uploading a photo directly to Flickr
    • Describing and tagging
    • Maintain a Community Calendar
    • Add an event
    • Publishing your calendar
    • See an example of Local in action!
    • Let’s talk about chat
    • How often do you hear this…?
      • “Someone is sitting at the computer that has AOL Instant Messenger.”
      • “Can I download my favorite chat program?”
      • Instead of downloading all of the various chat programs, try an online chat site!
    • Log on to an existing account and start chatting…
    • You can even add chat to your Website or blog.
    • Videos, videos everywhere…
    • Online entertainment
      • High-speed Internet access allows for a wider range of online entertainment.
      • Streaming TV
      • Streaming radio/music
      • Online videos
    • Online “TV”
      • It is possible to watch live news broadcasts from foreign countries.
      • Streaming video from mainstream and independent sources.
    • User-generated content
    • Mainstream (recycled) content
    • Watch free music videos
    • The king of user-generated videos:
    • Visit “My Videos”
    • Uploading YouTube video
    • Streaming audio
    • Streaming audio
    • Expand your reference collection
      • New technologies can help you expand your reference collection.
      • Wikis, blogs and user-generated content are valuable sources of hard-to-find product reviews.
    • Consumer aids
    • User-generated content
    • Looking for a new way to poll?
      • Tired of low patron questionnaire turnout? Why not try an online poll?
    • Creating your poll
    • Add the poll to your site or blog