“...a loosely defined model for a modernized form of library service that reflects a transition within the library world in the way that services are delivered to users. This includes online services such as the use of OPAC systems and an increased flow of information from the user back to the library.”
A blog (a portmanteau of “web log”) is a website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Micro-blogging is a form of blogging that allows users to write brief text updates (usually less than 200 characters) and publish them … These messages can be submitted by a variety of means, including text messaging, instant messaging, email, MP3 or the web.
RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts … RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favourite web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually.
A tag is a (relevant) keyword or term associated with or assigned to a piece of information (e.g. a picture, article, or video clip), thus describing the item and enabling keyword-based classification of information
“…at Durham University the IT services department has taken action to reduce the amount of bandwidth swallowed by social networking. Our correspondent reports that action to deprioritise Facebook between 8.30am and 5.30pm "has lead to a rather remarkable drop off in the number of students in any of the university libraries".”
“HSBC is to abandon plans to scrap interest-free overdrafts for students leaving university this summer. Thousands of students on Facebook had threatened to boycott the bank. The National Union of Students said this made all the difference to the protest.”
“ Keele University has ordered its students to watch their mouths on Facebook, and asked them not to express dissatisfaction with the institution… The administration was provoked by a Facebook group called "James Knowles is a Tw*t". Professor James Knowles is an English literature academic at the Staffordshire university.”
“ Students at Oxford University are being warned that university authorities are using the Facebook website to gain evidence about unruly post-exam pranks. The student union has urged students to tighten their security settings on the social networking website, to stop dons viewing their details.”
“ A university student has been telling how a social networking website was used to set up a group which aimed to target him with bullying and hate. Graham … who also works as a library assistant at the University of Kent, said the Facebook group had existed for weeks before he knew of it.”
Social bookmarking is a way for internet users to store, classify, share and search Internet bookmarks. Other users with similar interests can view the links by topic, category, tags, or even randomly.
“Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting a teen librarian who keeps Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) set up all the time so she can invoke it as need be. For example, if a teen has overdue books, she will dance-off against the person, and if the teen wins, the librarian will waive the fines.”
The Shifted Librarian: Gaming for Fines (Jan 2007)