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My presentation for the 2007 MS Library 2.0 Summit.

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    Thingamabrarians Thingamabrarians Presentation Transcript

    • Thingamabrarians: Social Librarianship & Library 2.0 Julie D. Shedd Mississippi State University/ University of Southern Mississippi June 15, 2007
    • In this presentation:
      • What is social librarianship?
      • What are social libraries?
      • Why is this so popular?
      • Why should our libraries care?
      • How can we get involved?
      • Which sites are the best?
    • What is social librarianship?
      • Professional librarians and non-professionals interacting through Web-based media cataloging technologies
      • These technologies are open to the public, user-centered, easily changed, constantly changing, and mostly free of charge
      • Cataloging of books and other media is done using library-approved methods (MARC records, LOC subject headings) and/or “folksonomies,” the taxonomies that result from user-defined classification (also known as “tagging”)
    • What are social libraries?
      • Websites that allow users to build catalogs of books and other media, and which have an element of 2.0-style social networking
      Delicious Library: Not so mucha social library (unless it’s exported!) LibraryThing: A social library
    • Why is this so popular?
      • People collect stuff
      • Book and other media cataloging = useful for insurance purposes
      • Many social libraries can be accessed by phone, helping you remember what you need and what you don’t
      • Social libraries help with completism (collecting all of something)
      • Social librarianship helps a population which has historically had trouble with social interaction
      • It provides a new, less judgmental arena for literary discussion
      • Tagging enables people to use terms that make sense to them to catalog their books
      • Social libraries indicate popularity of books and authors
      • Can help people decide what to read next
      • Provide a forum for safe interaction between authors and readers
    • Why should our libraries care?
      • What’s more Library 2.0 than social libraries?
      • Librarians’ public image could change—now thousands of people are amateur librarians
      • Social libraries are great forums for finding out what the library user really thinks about books and how libraries figure in her life
      • For small/rural libraries, this could be a godsend
        • Some sites track loaned books – small libraries could run their OPAC on a social library site
        • For the rural towns of Mississippi, this could be a great way to interact with other rural libraries
      • For bigger libraries, there are many applications…
    • Social Libraries’ Applications in Traditional Libraries
      • Collection development
        • Automated book suggesters
        • User reviews, ratings, and recommendations
        • Popularity indicators
      • Purchasing
        • Many sites have Amazon prices listed; some let you be notified once price drops
      • Outreach
        • Give users a friendly, informal way to see what your library is doing; organize events; solicit donations; provide a forum for discussion; talk with other libraries; let people see what your staff like to read
      • Programming
        • Social libraries can get users into reading groups and other library programs
      • And many more…if you can imagine it, you can probably do it.
    • A note on folksonomy vs. taxonomy (“real” classification)
      • A big debate in the online library community – sometimes the only thing limiting a library’s participation in social libraries
      • While folksonomy lacks standardization and oversight, it is far more understandable to the user, and opens up many new classification options
    • How can we get involved?
      • Create user profiles for the library
      • Participate in book discussions, groups, and forums
      • Create groups specifically for your library (fantasy readers, teens, new parents, etc.)
      • Join “LibraryThing for Libraries,” which puts info from a powerful social library into your OPAC
      • Catalog your collections – let your library’s users interact with you and your collections
    • Some libraries who are already involved…
      • Danbury Public Library , Danbury, CT (the first to join LibraryThing for Libraries)
      • Shenandoah Public Library , Shenandoah, IA
      • The New York Public Library , New York, NY
      • Many other large and small public , church , hospital , and organizational libraries
      • Departments within larger libraries – for instance, the Children's & Parents' Services Department at the Mastics Moriches Shirley Community Library has cataloged over 200 books on LibraryThing ( http://www.librarything.com/groups/cpsdmmscl )
      • Some people have begun their own lending libraries – for instance, the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Lending Library ( http://www.librarything.com/groups/stcatherineofsienaca )
    • Top social libraries
      • LibraryThing – http://www.librarything.com
      • GuruLib – http://www.gurulib.com
      • Bibliophil – http://www.bibliophil.org
      • Shelfari – http://www.shelfari.com
    • Some up-and-comers…
      • AllConsuming – http://www.allconsuming.net
      • aNobii - http://www.anobii.com/
      • BookTribes – http://www.booktribes.com
      • Squirl - http://www.squirl.info/
      • Zestr – http://www.zestr.com
    • Bibliography
      • Maness, J. (2006). "Library 2.0 Theory: Web 2.0 and Its Implications for Libraries". Webology , 3 (2), Article 25. Available at: http://www.webology.ir/2006/v3n2/a25.html
      • Kroski, E. (2006). “Community 2.0.” Posted April 7, 2006. Available at: http://infotangle.blogsome.com/2006/04/07/community-20/
      • Spalding, T. (2007). “Sneak peek: LibraryThing for Libraries.” Posted April 9, 2007. Available at: http://www.librarything.com/thingology/2007/04/sneak-peek-librarything-for-libraries_09.php
      • (2007). “A public library tries LibraryThing.” Library Journal. Available at: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6445695.html
      • “ James.” (2007). “Compare your library with LibraryThing.” Posted February 7, 2007. Available at: http://librarycogs.blogspot.com/2007/02/compare-your-library-with-librarything.html
      • “ Library2.0.” (2006). “Librarything [sic], Shelfari, and Gurulib: Social cataloging sites compared.” Posted October 21, 2006. Available at http://librarytwopointzero.blogspot.com/2006/10/librarything-shelfari-and-gurulib.html
      • “ Library2.0.” (2007). “Shelfari gets amazon [sic] investment.” Posted February 25, 2007. Available at http://librarytwopointzero.blogspot.com/2007/02/shelfari-gets-amazon-investment.html
      • Ishizuka, K. (2006). “Find more like this: A book lover’s MySpace.” School Library Journal 52(10): 24-25. Academic Search Premier database.
      • Rethlefsen, M. (2007). “Product pipeline.” Library Journal 132(Net Connect): 14-16. Academic Search Premier database.
      • Rethlefsen, M. (2007). “Chief Thingamabrarian.” Library Journal 132(1): 40-42. Academic Search Premier database.
      • MacIntyre, Jeff. (2007). “Song of my shelf.” Print 61(1): 100. Academic Search Premier database.
      • Bates, M. (2006). “Get your LibraryThing on.” Online 30(6): 64.
    • DON’T ANGER THE YAK ASK ME QUESTIONS [email_address] On Facebook: Julie Dunn On LibraryThing: discordia