Using Social Media and Other Web Tools


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This session will explore how libraries are utilizing social media tools, Open Source soft-ware, and mobile devices to offer new services and interact with library patrons. Topics covered include iPad apps, Foursquare, LibX.

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  • This morning I am going to walk you through a short, but informative smorgasbord of technology. We will look at 3 tools.
  • The first one is LibX – a toolbar that sits on top of your Web browser and gives your patrons easy access to your library resources, wherever they are on the web. Used by a few academic libraries, not used much by public libraries but it should be used more often.
  • When our patrons go on the web, where do they go? It’s easy, simple, straightforward and branded as the places to go.
  • Lots of links, lots of text. Not easy to search. Replace this image? Look at other library websites, find one without a text box? Not BRANDED as the place to go.
  • Helps you to BRAND your library as the search tool to use.
  • Toughest part is not configuring the tool, it’s marketing and training.
  • Patrons are always checking items in and out of the library, with tools like 4square, patrons can check THEMSELVES into the library.
  • Benefits – lighter than a laptop, long battery life Other uses: with small groups as a social tool Acknowledge competitors, iPad limitations: getting docs in/out display adapters Flash limited font choices
  • Which ereaders support the epub format?
  • Reeder integrates with Google Reader
  • Using Social Media and Other Web Tools

    1. 1. Denise O’Shea Systems Librarian Fairleigh Dickinson University
    2. 3. Where Are Our Patrons? <ul><li>Most patrons start and finish their searches: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amazon, Barnes & Noble </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul></ul>
    3. 4. What about the library website?
    4. 5. Why ? <ul><li>LibX is a great shortcut to library sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It's a tool bar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Always with you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search anywhere </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Free, easy to setup, no programming required, no server needed (hosted by ) </li></ul>
    5. 6. What Can LibX Do? <ul><li>Search your catalog and other library resources </li></ul><ul><li>Localization (use of embedded cues/graphics) on webpages </li></ul><ul><li>Provide links to library resources </li></ul><ul><li>Offers a right-click context menu </li></ul>
    6. 7. It’s a toolbar It’s a context sensitive menu Embedded cues
    7. 8. Getting Started with LibX <ul><li>How to make your own edition -- visit and copy/modify an existing toolbar </li></ul><ul><li>Market it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Put it on your library computers, your blog, your handouts, give classes, etc. </li></ul></ul>
    8. 10. What is Foursquare? <ul><li>Location-based social networking website </li></ul><ul><li>A new way to engage with library patrons </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing and education </li></ul><ul><li>It's also a game </li></ul><ul><li>Main strength is tips -- users can leave short messages about a location, other users in the vicinity can see the tips </li></ul>
    9. 11. Libraries and Foursquare <ul><li>Over 1600 libraries in Foursquare </li></ul><ul><li>What are they doing? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Giving prizes to Mayors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing tips about new services and resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback from patrons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Used at conferences </li></ul></ul>
    10. 12. Getting Started with Foursquare <ul><li>Download the mobile app to a compatible device (or access via the mobile site -- ) </li></ul><ul><li>Can integrate with Facebook & Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Check-in, share tips </li></ul>
    11. 14. Privacy & Security Concerns <ul><li>You can check-in privately (&quot;off the grid&quot;) </li></ul><ul><li>Use of QR codes to provide links to library tips and services may be less intrusive </li></ul>
    12. 15. Competitors
    13. 16. iPads in Libraries
    14. 17. Ways Your Library Can Use iPads <ul><li>Roaming Reference </li></ul><ul><li>eBook Readers, Reserves and Ready Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Roaming libraries – go where your users are </li></ul><ul><li>A teaching tool </li></ul><ul><li>A substitute for a desktop or laptop </li></ul><ul><li>Turn any library resource into an “app” </li></ul><ul><li>Turn any library space into a classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Loan to patrons </li></ul>
    15. 18. Vital Apps <ul><li>Data storage/transfer – DropBox, GoodReader ($), iRead PDF </li></ul><ul><li>eReaders – iBooks, Kindle, Nook, Stanza, more </li></ul><ul><li>Office Productivity – Pages ($), Keynote ($) </li></ul><ul><li>Image Editing – Photopad, Photoshop Express </li></ul><ul><li>Screen Capture – Page Capture ($) </li></ul><ul><li>VGA Browser – Expediton ($) </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration – Whiteboard Free & Whiteboard Lite, Webex </li></ul>
    16. 20. Vital Apps, continued <ul><li>Citation – iSource Lite ($) </li></ul><ul><li>Note Taking – Sundry Notes, Sketch Memo Lite, SmartNote ($), iThoughtsHD ($) </li></ul><ul><li>Audio – AudioNote Lite </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility – Tap to Talk </li></ul><ul><li>Handwriting – NoteTaker HD ($) </li></ul><ul><li>Tasks – List n’Do ($) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Apps – some free, some not </li></ul><ul><li>Web browsing/RSS – Instapaper ($), Reeder ($) </li></ul>
    17. 22. Library Apps <ul><li>National Library of Scotland – John Murray Archive </li></ul><ul><li>iPrinceton </li></ul><ul><li>More, also apps for guided tours of museums </li></ul>
    18. 23. Reference Apps <ul><li>Gale – Access my Library </li></ul><ul><li>World Factbook 2010 ($) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia and Wikipanion </li></ul><ul><li>Worldbook: This Day in History </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Historical Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Famous Speeches ($) </li></ul><ul><li>History: Maps of the World, National Geographic Atlas </li></ul><ul><li>Periodic Table of Elements </li></ul><ul><li>Science Glossary </li></ul><ul><li>IMDB </li></ul><ul><li>SciVerse Scopus Alerts </li></ul>
    19. 29. Library Apps <ul><li>National Library of Scotland – John Murray Archive </li></ul><ul><li>iPrinceton </li></ul><ul><li>More, also apps for guided tours of museums </li></ul>
    20. 32. Education Apps <ul><li>24/7 tutor is a nice multi-language tutoring program for beginning foreign language learners. </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard Mobile Learn </li></ul><ul><li>mBook (Moodle) </li></ul><ul><li>VitalSource Bookshelf </li></ul>
    21. 34. Useful Links <ul><li>iPad Tips and Tricks -- </li></ul><ul><li>Video playback -- </li></ul><ul><li>iPad Apps for Elementary School Kids -- </li></ul>
    22. 35. Questions? <ul><li>Contact info: </li></ul><ul><li>Denise O’Shea </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
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