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  1. 1. Meredith Farkas Internet Librarian 2007 Monterey, CA
  2. 2. The Issue i Lots of people don’t have access to continting education programs. One-off Webcasts are great, but don’t ensure continued learning/ use of the tools discussed. ‘ Importance of hands-on learning and reflective learning. Online courses could be run more cheaply.
  3. 3. Five Weeks to a Social Library ‘E The first free, grassroots, completely online course devoted to teaching librarians about social software and how to use it in their libraries. ‘I’ 40 participants '9 All kinds of libraries '* Application process “F Chosen on basis of need and perceived benefit
  4. 4. Building the class 5 Found five other lovely librarians to help W Michelle Boule, Dorothea Salo, Amanda Etches- Johnson, Karen Coombs, and Ellyssa Kroski "5 Solicited presentations from experts in the library world * Used open source software whenever possible. *9‘ Planned the entire course using wikis and instant messaging.
  5. 5. Tools Used
  6. 6. Fi_ve We_ ks to a Social LI rary Ilogo | Couroo Content I RS5 Food - Ilop I IISS Food - Common! | Willi I About Recent blog posts 0 onooflhogroo ochooloioofloringa oixwoolxcour-aooo locondulo 0 clip in London Vol 0 dol. lcio. ua Lirnlun 0 Moo Nook: at A3181 1007 0 Pifllldpvooonbtlono orinolroflocllono osochlbootulortinq -Issloofi About Five Weeks to a Social Library Submitted by Iuovoathionuaa on Sat, 2005-09-30 16:32. Abomthocouroo . llrounthoodllbbtnton Five weeks to a Social Ubrary is the first free, grassroots, completely online course devoted to teaching librarians about social software and how to use it in their libraries. It was developed to provide a free, comprehensive, and social online learning opportunity for librarians who do not otherwise have access to conferences or continuing education and who would benefit greatly from learning about social software. e course will be taught using a variety of social software tools so that the rticipants acquire experience using the tools while they are taking part in the class. It will make use of synchronous online communication, with one or two weekly Webcasts and many small group IM chat sessions made available to participants each week. By the end of the course, each snident will develop a proposal for implementing a specific social software tool in their library. Five weeks to a Social Library will take place between February 12 and March 17, 2007 and is limited to 40 participants (these participants have already been chosen). However, course content will be freely viewable by interested parties and all live Webcasts will be archived for later viewing. The course will cover the following topics: 0 Blogs 0 RS5
  7. 7. :irticl«'~ _ : _ i. -:»' l‘nl3ry "ff. Five Weeks to a Social Library (‘ i. ‘ an pxgr" ; .1 Contents Il'i3'. ': «r‘'‘' —- it 1 ForParticipanis mviqaiion l 1 Technologies V, . . p; ..« . ; , . 1.2 Personal niormation w. .. Hg, -l_) 2 For Presenters Pacer! Crwgcs 3 The Comrrunity and the Playgrounds Coi. r-; t- Cor‘: -*2 B, 3 . . ’9 For Participants IDOL? Search Program [T 7n'ormation About Podcasts and Screencasts co 5,_. a,c, ., Synchronous Chat Dates and limes iooi: -ox Technologies l"l"m ll-‘S F‘-"° Technologies We Will Be Using in the Class introduction to Drupal Yntroduction to Wikls ‘introduction to ‘instant Messaging introduction to Bloglines introduction to Google Reader nstructions ‘or Joining a Group in A M Related changes Soeciav pages Prii". ;i: l: vension Perrrarcri '*- Personal information Pro‘iles Proposals (by tool and by library type) A ‘A Username Directory
  8. 8. Five Weeks to a Social Library These are some oi the instructional _ _ screencasts and podcasts for Five "’ "‘* - Weeks to a Social Library Site L 2'5 . i:'a'i iie: S-tr
  9. 9. Online Programming for All Libraries (OPAL) "I ‘E1176’ mg» . l' 4"’ Home Schedule Archive OnlmeRooms AboulOPAL Members News Stats ContaclUs ForMembers Hei Quick Links Auditorium Archive of Previous OPAL Events About Most OPAL programs. are ' ' ' ' mmWAud_mm Library and Information Science Topics and After clicking on the lin. -. Trends diove. type in your in Hr! press Enter. First OPAL 059“ need 10‘ 3' 0 Copynyt Id tDnAcalanic ljsrrimpresented on March I4. 2007 by Rebecca small. safe sotware om *. Butler. the author of published by Nea| —Schuman in 2004. Sponsored by the XIII! ’ Schedule TI: complete schedile of 0 PART oNf_ upcoming OPAL piblic ‘ oriine evarts. I Mdfil llecordirgs of previously I ind GAL programs. (12 MB file; playback time of 81 minutes) (Playback time: 81 minutes) Podooot Forirformation on iistaing (32.3 MB file; playback time of 81 minutes) to previous OPAL ever“: ni- 0 PART TWO
  10. 10. Structure of the Course
  11. 11. 0 Clllp In London ‘rel: 0 doudems Limb? ! 0 flve weeks at A818? 2001 PI Wlkl prosenhtlona Final reflections Soda! bookmarking I88 bot Hook 5 Bflocthno E-U8 Week 1: Blogs Submltted by hyagar on Fn, 2006-09-22 22:33. Week of Feb 12th, 2007 "000 Introduction This week Is all about blogsl By the end of the week, you should: 0 hIve a general understanding of the technical principles behind the way blogs work have a firm grasp on blogglng termlnology understand the baslc differences between the major blogglng platforms have formulated your own Ideas on how to wrlte good blog content have explored library blog ‘success storles' and be able to dlscuss your own Ideas about what constlmtes a ‘successful’ blog. Presentations Webcast - February 13, 7:00 pm Eastern: A 21!! Cblltwyhiihy Pun: line as Pwhnhg Mechnnhm - lobeoca Hodrean, Dlstanoe Education ubrarlan, Southern Connecticut state Unlverslty. o flnamh¢audlo, taxtchet, arIdpreoentatlonoIdooaboKlIlofi (only works In IE) o Presentation Audio (MP3) or Presentation Audlo (UNA)
  12. 12. 4' Blogging Beyond the Bali: presented on February 15, 2007 by Nanette Donohue as part of the’ . - «i (‘am . :1’ wseries of online workshops. 0*" ~ : .1 ', 1:’ ii. -i vi. :1 {ll (Playback time: 52 minutes) 0 mil: ,mtiiii. i: - (7.8' MB file; playback time of 32 minutes) 0 L. .‘. ' 1» ; .: 3 . .v. : " . ._. ".1.“}i7'i"fiiJ“, U"i(i(ii: (21 MB file; playback time of 52 minutes) 0 ‘--' " ' " : : ' ‘:1 , ;mri iii: :1 «i n O T A: ‘ , ' " : ’ jondthi it -9 A 21st Century Printing Piss: Blogs 3 a Publishing Mechanism presented Febmary 13. 2007 by Rebecca Hedreen as part of the Fm; ‘- , > . ,—. _Q-— — . - _-- _ series of online workshops. 0 ST’: M ‘j , .:: :. '. :-xi 3-‘ ~‘: : : :~-~~-itnt 3'15 gigs ; -:‘: :;ut : :’; s (Playback time: 43 minutes) 0 “ ~‘_ . ; ‘IA , .: : '»_—: »:': ‘i: -33.12: : ':: :»(6.8 MB file; playback time of 43 minutes) Otfi‘. ' 2' - : .: ' ha: . . ' 2 “Ti - (18.1 MB file; playback time of 43 minutes)
  13. 13. o Rroamhig audio, baxtchat, and praaontatlanaldoaabomblaga (only works in IE) 0 Presentation Audio (MP3) or Presentation Audio (WIIA) o chat Tnnaciwt 0 Manatee‘: Presentation Sides Screencast: Duck Sam: Using a Non to Provide Productappon (blip. tv) - Karon Marker, Digital Infrastructure Research at Development unit, UT Southwestern Medical center Ubrary Scraencast: From Writer’: Block to Ubrary llog (blip. tv) - Anna Webb, Bibliographic Services, Drugscope; Editor, Catalogue at Index: Periodical of the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group. Screencast: Using the Took: new &nbb use an Worfl Wide Web (blip. tv) - Jami Ichwarzwalder, Recent Graduate, Indiana University Mls Program Technologies and Activities k 1. If you haven't already done so, introduce yourself on your blog! (when you were accepted into the course, you were given a username and password to log into Drupal, the content management system we're using for this course. More info on how to post to your blog, check out the course will). 2. Explore a few of the axalllplaa below and think about what makes a blog "successful' (e. g.: what makes a blog work? ). Post your thoughts at ideas to your blog. 3. Take a look at some of the blogging tools outlined in Club Wkbadla altlch. If you were to start a blog for your library, which blogging tool would you use and why? Post your thoughts to your blog. 4. Take a look at the details for your final project, the proposal, to become
  14. 14. Dug we. ks to a Anne Welsh. Januai, :00‘ . _JSocia| Ll rary So, you've decided to write a blog - Who will read it? - What will you write about? - How will you find the time? gilgigscope. 40 Bermondsey Street. London SE1 3UD. wwwdrugscopeorg. ¢ (
  15. 15. Technologies and Activities 1. If you haven't already done so, Introduce yourself on your blog! (when you were accepted Into the course, you were given a username and password to log into Drupal, the content management system we're using for this course. More Info on how to post to your blog, check out the course will). 2. Explore a few of the examples below and think about what makes a blog ‘successful’ (e. g.: what makes a blog work? ). Post your thoughts at ideas to your blog. 3. Take a look at some of the blogging tools outlined in tllb Wkbadh article. If you were to start a blog for your library, which blogging tool would you use and why? Post your thoughts to your blog. 4. Take a look at the details for your final project, the proposal, to become familiar with the requirements. Start thinking about what technology you may want to focus on in your proposal. Readings Please read these as your Interests dictate and as time allows. These are not strictly required, but will aid you In your understanding of the subject. The following list is broken down into two categories: ‘Basic Readings " and "Further Readings‘. If you have limited experience with blogs and blogging technology, you may find it useful to read some of the articles in the "Basic' category first. The ‘Further Readings" provide an opportunity to explore blogs in greater detail and might be of interest to those who already have a firm grasp on the technology (or if you are just really into blogsl). Basic Readings Anatomvofa Iloa - as the title suaoests. this article outlines the elements
  16. 16. O Readings Please read these as your interests dictate and as time allows. These are not strictly required, but will aid you in your understanding of the subject. The following list is broken down into two categories: "Basic Readings " and "Further Readings". if you have limited experience with blogs and blogging technology, you may find it useful to read some of the articles in the "Basic" category first. The "Further Readings" provide an opportunity to explore blogs in greater detail and might be of interest to those who already have a firm grasp on the technology (or if you are just really into blogsl). Basic Readings Anatolnyofa Clog - as the title suggests, this article outlines the elements and features uiat make a blog a blog. A great place to start if you have limited experience with blogs. Woblogo: A Hhtofy and Perspective - a foundational article that describes the history of the format. Oioooo Uh Iblit Ibo Tool - outli es the things to think about and questions to ask when choosing a blogging too / platform. Vlhyandilowtouoeblogotovromotovourtlirarvssoivicae-an overview of the technology, things to consider before setting up a library blog, and some possible uses of blogs in libraries. Ibfi for Llararloe - more examples of the potential uses of blogs in libraries. Further Readings Ibgglng Itratngy 101: A Primer - while this article discusses blogging from a corporate perspective, it includes a number of useful tips at strategies Uiat anaunlnl nun: -ll‘. has an--allaual has Ilh---Inn
  17. 17. Examples Here are examples of libraries using the technologies and of some of the tools libraries are using to make this happen. libraries 0 Oib UIINOIIIV Lhurhs Business Ibo (academic) 0 Kansas Rah Univaraly Lbnlv liege (academic) 0 Virginia commonwealth University Ubrary suggestion Biog (academic) 0 Ann Arbor Dhtrict Ubrary (public) o Iladbon-Jefferson county Purl: Llanry (public) 0 wasum Spliloa flbtory (public) 0 R. Joaaph County Dual: Llarary Garnalleg (public) 0 Ihhryonhmorg (school) 0 for more library blogs, check out the Ilooghg Lhrllha WII. Tools 0 worilpnamorg - a free, open source blogging tool for those who have their own domain at hosting package. 0 woI'doI'Iu. coIlI - free, hosmd blogs using the open source blogging platform, wordPress (no domain 0. host required, your blog will be at http: //yourblogname. wordpress. oom). 0 Ilaggor - owned by Googie, Biogger provides free hosted blogs as well as a blogging tool for those with their own domains. 0 Iofln to pod comments
  18. 18. ' ZUXUIC" -d-oo-~o-m- Blogs: it's not so much a change in technology ahi week course an _ _ _ 6-°-duh as a change in thinking 0 clip in Landon Tali 0 ¢al. k:| o.ua UlI&7? Submitted by jfinarljrof on Fri, 2007-02-16 19:57. IIOQI ' : ';; ,'“h““1" I've been giving a lot of thought this week to the blogging boom, quite honestly . '. WU wondering, ‘what's the big deal? ‘ ubraries have been putting up information praaonbttona . "nu H on webpages, and elsewhere, for a long time. we've been getting feedback . through email and other avenues for a long time. Yes, blogs offer a pretty Soda! bookmarking . 3' easy way to do all that, but aren't we all a little too ga-ga over this . w. "s' " biog-ability? As I've worked through the readings, the webcasts and the . S screencasts this week, I kept thinking, Yeah, its kinda cool. .. but what am I missing that makes blogging 50 cool? " Here's a thought came to me. Maybe more than anything else blogs have changed the way we think about communicating with our patrons. when I look back on years of working on library websites, I am flooded with memories of committee meetings where we spend untold hours choosing individual words, § placement of words, images, buttons, colors, sizes, etc. , to have everyuiing just 30. Blogs free us up a little bit to be more, well, real. The blogosphere seems just a little bit looser, a little more relaxed, a little less perfect, more natural, more conversational, more spontaneous. And maybe that in lself makes us a little more Inviting, responsive, interesting and human. Maybe that's the big deal. (The word "ga-ga" never would have made it past the web committee). ojlluiarbiafabloglloflatopostooiriments Well, there's a reason we Submitted DY bib on Fri, 2007-02~16 21:08. Wall there‘: A ranenn Illll rnllnd If "Finn Wnnlrc tn n Cnrlnl Ilhrni-V" nnd nnt
  19. 19. password Blog for me (Feed for you) s_r, m trod by aiuawypat or Vloc, 200/-02.19 1-1.15 Blogs Every time I started a post about blogs, I start thinking about feeds. I can't seem to get the two to function seperately in my head. Here's the best compromise that rve been able to come up with. It seems to me that your choice of which biog product to use is much more important to whoever is doing the actual blogging than it is to your users. One of the articles (forgive me, I've forgotten which) stated that having a 'blogspot. com' or "typepad. com" address on your blog in the near future would be like having a Geoclties page today. I can certainly see where that makes sense--I certainly can't see any of the professors at work, for example, taking a geocities address in a bibliography. But then. ..I got distracted by the idea of feeds again. In the case of the types of library blogs that we're all talking about, it seems to me that people will either find it through a trusted link (off the library site) or it will become available to them through a feed (either their own personal feed reader or else a feed tucked onto the library's main site). oraadmorelalalawypnfsbloglsoaramaata Week 1 - Blogs S'. .bm't’. ed by laurenmanului or ‘-lor‘, 2007»O2-19 03:36. blogs wow, what a lot of information about blogs this week! First, let me say that I'm a rather private sort of person, so I am not inclined to post a weblog of personal stuff. But I can really appreciate the value of blogging for my organization, both as a way to post current information We public and to collaborate with my colleagues within the organization. fllnnaaalnoa EAMAQDQ gang: -lnllu I’ Die‘ manuals-A In C-an In . aanaanb aunu Can III; -n-Inn
  20. 20. E who is online in manfllfartas l'loIlIox-Hail main Recent bl posts I guess not F 0g rich ppl are the ones that don't have to work me thinks s "A '6 ooaaaltliagrad '01 IGIOIIIIIIONUIIII hollyristau: I'll check back next week. .. hope to "see" you ahweetcouroaea saoaaaura the“ - clpliitanaantali janellejarboe: sounds like a plan. :) ° "”""“““""" have a good rest of the evening 0 Pivaflaotaatlllff sear hollyristau: you too ° ""“"“""“"' janellejarboe: :) -lhalrafladana thanks dsalo: here hollyristauz anybody here? i meredithfarkas I All I‘ set my status to ‘away’ I» loan | a Main Chat Room
  21. 21. dithfarkas I lrniniatraboi-a‘ rats v bios irtidpant oga Chat Room FAU libraries proposal View - - SUbFT‘| Et€O by jerdmanz on Mon,2007—O3—1217:23. Proposal Plan to Incorporate social library tools Into the FAU Libraries Website Proposed by Jacquelyn Erdman Assistant University Ubrarianl Coordinator of Assessment and Planning After participating in the online course entitled ‘Five Weeks to a Social Library’ I have Ieamed many new ‘Library 2.0‘ tools that may bring more interactivity and usability to our current Libraries website. Upon completing this course I recommend the implementation of three of the social tools, wikis. blogs and llickr. 1.) Vlflkis: The first implementation of social tools into the FAU Libraires is to migrate the cument subject guides, scripted in HTML with all updates uploaded by the head of reference, into a wiki fomiat where all staff can acces§ and update any existing subject guide. Ems The subject guides can be updated more readily as links and resources change. This also takes burden off of the head of reference to upload all new and updated subject guides. Vlfikis are also searchabie, which should eliminate the confusion some students might have when trying to navigate ambiguous guide titles.
  22. 22. Comments from participants ‘“ “My favorite part of this course is the variety of ways to learn. To read an article, listen to a Webcast, experiment with the technology and then chat about it -- what a great combo. Each part built on the other to help deepen my understanding. ”
  23. 23. Comments from participants *9 “My favourite experience had to be the weekly chats. This was probably the most valuable learning tool - ifl wasn’t learning from my peers, I was gaining their support and encouragement. I treasured the time I spent with these folks -- being among your ‘peers, ’ even if it’s just an hour a week, can be valuable. ”
  24. 24. Comments from participants 0 ‘‘In just a short time, I created 2 wikis, a book discussion group web page that pulls in RSS feeds, developed a blog and I am completely obsessed with Flickr. I couldn't stop! ”
  25. 25. Comments from participants it “This 5 weeks has been one of the most invigorating and energizing professional development activities I’ve engaged in 20 years of being a librarian. I’ve discovered an entire sphere of activity and conversation and interaction going on in the library world that I knew nothing about. ”
  26. 26. Steal this idea! °You don't have to teach this course in five weeks oYou don't have to use the exact same tools -You don't have to cover the same topics (this would work for most topics! )
  27. 27. Steal this idea! a You do need to provide for experiential and reflective learning as You do need to provide ways for people to have many different conversations about what they're learning a You do need to use tools that aren't so difficult to learn that they become a barrier . . You do need to be flexible when technology problems arise (they will! ) a You do need to be open about the process and allow criticism from inside and outside the project
  28. 28. Lessons * Playing with technology is essential to learning technology. *5 Reflective learning makes ideas stick. *3 Learning from peers can be more important than learning from a “sage on the stage. ” '3 Online learning can be developed on the cheap.
  29. 29. Thanks! Meredith Farkas mgfarI<as@gmaiI. com Slides and links available at meredithfarkas. wetpaint. com
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