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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 ...

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 Using Social Media and Other Web Tools Presentation Transcript

  • Denise O’Shea Systems Librarian Fairleigh Dickinson University
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  • Where Are Our Patrons?
    • Most patrons start and finish their searches:
      • Google
      • Amazon, Barnes & Noble
      • Wikipedia
  • What about the library website?
  • Why ?
    • LibX is a great shortcut to library sources
      • It's a tool bar
      • Always with you
      • Search anywhere
    • Free, easy to setup, no programming required, no server needed (hosted by libX.org )
  • What Can LibX Do?
    • Search your catalog and other library resources
    • Localization (use of embedded cues/graphics) on webpages
    • Provide links to library resources
    • Offers a right-click context menu
  • It’s a toolbar It’s a context sensitive menu Embedded cues
  • Getting Started with LibX
    • How to make your own edition -- visit www.libx.org and copy/modify an existing toolbar
    • Market it
      • Put it on your library computers, your blog, your handouts, give classes, etc.
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  • What is Foursquare?
    • Location-based social networking website
    • A new way to engage with library patrons
    • Marketing and education
    • It's also a game
    • Main strength is tips -- users can leave short messages about a location, other users in the vicinity can see the tips
  • Libraries and Foursquare
    • Over 1600 libraries in Foursquare
    • What are they doing?
      • Giving prizes to Mayors
      • Sharing tips about new services and resources
      • Feedback from patrons
      • Used at conferences
  • Getting Started with Foursquare
    • Download the mobile app to a compatible device (or access via the mobile site -- m.foursquare.com )
    • Can integrate with Facebook & Twitter
    • Check-in, share tips
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  • Privacy & Security Concerns
    • You can check-in privately ("off the grid")
    • Use of QR codes to provide links to library tips and services may be less intrusive
  • Competitors
  • iPads in Libraries
  • Ways Your Library Can Use iPads
    • Roaming Reference
    • eBook Readers, Reserves and Ready Reference
    • Roaming libraries – go where your users are
    • A teaching tool
    • A substitute for a desktop or laptop
    • Turn any library resource into an “app”
    • Turn any library space into a classroom
    • Loan to patrons
  • Vital Apps
    • Data storage/transfer – DropBox, GoodReader ($), iRead PDF
    • eReaders – iBooks, Kindle, Nook, Stanza, more
    • Office Productivity – Pages ($), Keynote ($)
    • Image Editing – Photopad, Photoshop Express
    • Screen Capture – Page Capture ($)
    • VGA Browser – Expediton ($)
    • Collaboration – Whiteboard Free & Whiteboard Lite, Webex
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  • Vital Apps, continued
    • Citation – iSource Lite ($)
    • Note Taking – Sundry Notes, Sketch Memo Lite, SmartNote ($), iThoughtsHD ($)
    • Audio – AudioNote Lite
    • Accessibility – Tap to Talk
    • Handwriting – NoteTaker HD ($)
    • Tasks – List n’Do ($)
    • Google Apps – some free, some not
    • Web browsing/RSS – Instapaper ($), Reeder ($)
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  • Library Apps
    • National Library of Scotland – John Murray Archive
    • iPrinceton
    • More, also apps for guided tours of museums
  • Reference Apps
    • Gale – Access my Library
    • World Factbook 2010 ($)
    • Dictionary.com
    • Wikipedia and Wikipanion
    • Worldbook: This Day in History
    • U.S. Historical Documents
    • Famous Speeches ($)
    • History: Maps of the World, National Geographic Atlas
    • Periodic Table of Elements
    • Science Glossary
    • IMDB
    • SciVerse Scopus Alerts
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  • Library Apps
    • National Library of Scotland – John Murray Archive
    • iPrinceton
    • More, also apps for guided tours of museums
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  • Education Apps
    • 24/7 tutor is a nice multi-language tutoring program for beginning foreign language learners.
    • Blackboard Mobile Learn
    • mBook (Moodle)
    • VitalSource Bookshelf
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  • Useful Links
    • iPad Tips and Tricks -- http://bit.ly/bB01wE
    • Video playback -- http://gizmo.do/djHxSy
    • iPad Apps for Elementary School Kids -- http://bit.ly/aeOtA6
  • Questions?
    • Contact info:
    • Denise O’Shea
    • [email_address]