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Expanding Library Services & Content With New Technologies


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Class given at NHSL on 14 November, 2006.

Class given at NHSL on 14 November, 2006.

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  • 1. Expanding Your Collection & Services With New Technologies Or… I didn’t know I could do THAT online! 14 November 2006 NHSL
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. 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).
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. 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!
  • 14. Online Word Processors (& more)
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. Google Docs
    • Use your Google login information to sign into Google docs.
  • 17. Uploading an existing document
  • 18. Browse your computer
  • 19. Open the new PDF
  • 20. Spreadsheets
    • Google also offers a spreadsheet program, too!
    • Let’s open this spreadsheet from within the program…
  • 21. Open a new spreadsheet…
  • 22. Import your spreadsheet…
  • 23. 3-Minute Play Time!
    • Open another browser…
    • Visit:
    • Wow!
  • 24. Wow!
  • 25. Online Storage: Your Files Where You Need Them To Be
  • 26. 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.
  • 27. 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.
  • 28. 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!
  • 29. 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…
  • 30. Finding your Yahoo Briefcase
    • Visit:
    • Sign in using your Yahoo account information.
    • Verify the “word” in the account verification set up.
  • 31. Adding files to your account
  • 32. Create a new folder, if desired…
  • 33. Upload up to six files at once…!
  • 34. Accessing your files
  • 35. Your account information
  • 36. Online Storage: Summary
    • There are many different services available.
    • The services vary by storage limits.
    • Choose a service that fits your needs.
  • 37. 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.
  • 38. Skype essentials
    • USB Skype Certified phone ($30 & up)
    • Free Skype software
    • Free Skype account
  • 39. How Skype could work for you
    • Use Skype when calling your “cell-phone only” patrons.
    • Give a patron class or demo on using Skype.
  • 40. Online Photo Editing
  • 41. Open a photo file from your computer
  • 42. Resizing an image Click, hold and drag the corner to resize the image.
  • 43. Cropping your image
  • 44. Saving your image
  • 45. Logging into Flickr
  • 46. Let’s not choose a new name now…
  • 47. Give your permission
  • 48. Describe as desired…
  • 49. Uploading a photo directly to Flickr
  • 50. Describing and tagging
  • 51. Maintain a Community Calendar
  • 52. Add an event
  • 53. Publishing your calendar
  • 54. See an example of Local in action!
  • 55. Let’s talk about chat
  • 56. 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!
  • 57. Log on to an existing account and start chatting…
  • 58. You can even add chat to your Website or blog.
  • 59. Videos, videos everywhere…
  • 60. Online entertainment
    • High-speed Internet access allows for a wider range of online entertainment.
    • Streaming TV
    • Streaming radio/music
    • Online videos
  • 61. Online “TV”
    • It is possible to watch live news broadcasts from foreign countries.
    • Streaming video from mainstream and independent sources.
  • 62. User-generated content
  • 63. Mainstream (recycled) content
  • 64. Watch free music videos
  • 65. The king of user-generated videos:
  • 66. Visit “My Videos”
  • 67. Uploading YouTube video
  • 68. Streaming audio
  • 69. Streaming audio
  • 70. 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.
  • 71. Consumer aids
  • 72. User-generated content
  • 73. Looking for a new way to poll?
    • Tired of low patron questionnaire turnout? Why not try an online poll?
  • 74. Creating your poll
  • 75. Add the poll to your site or blog
  • 76.