Convergence in the digital world: Web 2.0, content, the librarian and the community of users


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Workshop presentation for Library and Information Association of Jamaica conducted Friday, June 19, 2009 at the
Multi Purpose Room , US Embassy, 142 Old Hope Road , Kingston 6
10:00 am – 12 noon.

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  • Just a note regarding this presentation. The author does not intend for this presentation to infringe on any one's intellectual property rights. As far as possible, he attempted to use original images. However this was not always possible in terms of trademarks and photographs of the persons that are featured throughout the presentation. Also, some of the ideas in the title and introduction were actually inspired by Nicholas Cop. Nicholas Cop was to do this presentation here in Jamaica. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend. LIAJA asked the author if he could find a replacement, so he decided to do it. With the limited time available and the fact that the presentation with Cop's outline and abstract was already heavily marketed, the author used the title and abstract as the basis for designing the content of this presentation.
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Convergence in the digital world: Web 2.0, content, the librarian and the community of users

  1. 2. Workshop Friday, June 19, 2009 Multi Purpose Room , US Embassy, 142 Old Hope Road , Kingston 6 10:00 am – 12 noon
  2. 3. Presenter: <ul><li>Mark-Shane Scale </li></ul><ul><li>Lecturer, Dept. of Library & Info. Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Univ. of the West Indies, Mona Campus </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>Info Tech Working Party Chair, </li></ul><ul><li>LIAJA </li></ul>
  3. 4. Introduction <ul><li>Today's technologies permit us to integrate and relate content, and to create and publish new content easily on the Web. </li></ul>
  4. 5. This presentation <ul><li>identifies the converging trends that: </li></ul><ul><li>are giving a broader and richer context to information and to knowledge & </li></ul><ul><li>are having an important impact on library services. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Topics include: <ul><li>Web 2.0 and librarians </li></ul><ul><li>mobile technologies, </li></ul><ul><li>blogs, </li></ul><ul><li>user trends, </li></ul><ul><li>technologies used by users, & </li></ul><ul><li>widgets. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Web 2.0 and librarians <ul><li>The converging of 2 worlds! </li></ul>
  7. 8. Today, there are 2 worlds. <ul><li>The world off the Web </li></ul>and the world on the Web.
  8. 9. Do you hang out in 2 worlds? <ul><li>The Offline world </li></ul>The Online world
  9. 10. Features of Web 2.0 technologies <ul><li>Allow for the creation of Web pages that  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>can be shared  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>viewers can comment on or contribute to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>are not static and can be updated regularly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Continuously evolving  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ongoing improvements and changes </li></ul></ul>Bradley, Phil. How to Use Web 2.0 in Your Library . London: Facet Publishing, 2007 
  10. 11. Web 2.0 technologies <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking sites - </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking sites - </li></ul><ul><li>Online video sharing sites - </li></ul><ul><li>Online photo sharing sites - </li></ul>
  11. 12. Web 2.0 technologies <ul><li>Wikis - </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs - </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Document sharing sites -  </li></ul>
  12. 13. http:// &quot;The online environment has become an important and growing part of economic, cultural, civic, and social life, and the use of new Internet-based applications for collaboration and learning - including &quot;social networking&quot; sites - is becoming increasingly prevalent .&quot;
  13. 14. Publishers are going Web 2.0 ON
  14. 15. Today’s media is going Web 2.0.
  15. 16. The Gleaner is going where life “unfolds”
  16. 17. Even CXC is going Web 2.0 <ul><li>CXC Channel on </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  17. 18. With the rising content on the Web <ul><li>the librarian’s mandate is the same: </li></ul><ul><li>to provide access to information in all formats or media. </li></ul>
  18. 19. UNESCO/IFLA  Public Library Manifesto (1994) <ul><li>&quot; All age groups must find material relevant to their needs. Collections and services have to include all types of appropriate media and modern technologies as well as traditional materials... Material must reflect current trends and the evolution of society, as well as the memory of human endeavour and imagination. &quot; </li></ul>
  19. 20. Is your library providing collections    and services that include   modern technologies & media?  
  20. 21. The materials and services that    your library provide needs to   reflect    the evolution of    society & human endeavour.
  21. 22. Librarians <ul><li>Need to be able to navigate Web 2.0 content to provide users with access to information that may be found in this area. </li></ul>
  22. 23. Mobile technologies <ul><li>SMS Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Text Message Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile search applications </li></ul>
  23. 24. Blogs <ul><li>Spaces where public opinion is shaped and current affairs discussed </li></ul>
  24. 25. Blog Search engines <ul><li>Technorati http:// / - </li></ul><ul><li>Search engine for blogs – </li></ul><ul><li>where one can access public opinion and discussion of current affairs. </li></ul>
  25. 26. User Trends: <ul><li>A Generation with new Information needs </li></ul>
  26. 27. New Generation of users <ul><li>Books are being written for the parents of this generation </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps one needs to be written for Librarians as well </li></ul>
  27. 28. What Gen Y users want: <ul><li>Access to information about their friends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>information submitted by friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>that traditional libraries do not provide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Submit own personal updates to friends </li></ul>
  28. 29. New Generation User Information Needs <ul><li>Events happening that they can go to </li></ul><ul><li>What colleagues are reading </li></ul><ul><li>What friends are doing </li></ul><ul><li>Who their friends know </li></ul><ul><li>Movies their colleagues are watching </li></ul><ul><li>Games their colleagues are playing </li></ul><ul><li>Music that colleagues are listening to </li></ul>
  29. 30. Susana Smith Bautista <ul><li>Ph.D. student and Provost Fellow </li></ul><ul><li>the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern Californa </li></ul>
  30. 31. In <ul><li>“ Digital Media in Community Libraries, Part 2: Teen Websites” </li></ul><ul><li>Futures of Learning </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Published: Thursday, May 28, 2009 </li></ul>
  31. 32. “During times of change <ul><li>in our society, it is important to identify the spaces where change is taking place, where “public opinion” is being created, and where future leaders are being formed.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Bautista </li></ul>
  32. 33. “Teen websites <ul><li>not only benefit teens with an alternative space for expression and sharing, but they also benefit the libraries that depend on teens as their future patrons and to fulfill their social obligation.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Bautista </li></ul>
  33. 34. New technologies & How our users are using them
  34. 35. Social bookmarks <ul><li> http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>What users are using to store Web content for future retrieval and access. </li></ul><ul><li>Also used to share content with others and discover what others of similar interest are finding on the Web. </li></ul>
  35. 36. Photo sharing sites <ul><li>Flickr http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Where users share their photos with others and view the photos of others. </li></ul>
  36. 37. Online E-book publishers <ul><li>Lulu http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Allow for any user to self-publish e-books and other content online. </li></ul>
  37. 38. Slidecasting <ul><li>Slideshare http:// / - </li></ul><ul><li>Uploading of presentation slides for sharing with others. </li></ul><ul><li>Also able to retrieve information from these slides. </li></ul>
  38. 39. Web Citation management <ul><li>Zotero http:// / - </li></ul><ul><li>A free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Where users can store the bibliographic details of web content for future citation purposes and to review. </li></ul>
  39. 40. Online knowledge sharing <ul><li>Where you can get a general overview of topics, concepts, people, places and things. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information on nouns and proper nouns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How-to-information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information that is usually more current than printed sources. </li></ul></ul>
  40. 41. Examples The people's encyclopaedia The people's instructional manual for how-to information
  41. 42. Online Knowledge sharing <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Where users get well written articles written by experts who share ideas or thoughts on topics of interest. </li></ul>
  42. 43. Widgets <ul><li>“portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate HTML-based web page by an end user without requiring additional compilation.” </li></ul>Source:
  43. 44. Widgets <ul><li>Yahoo Widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used to create or locate widgets. </li></ul>
  44. 45. Workshop activity <ul><li>Identify and locate any of the services mentioned in the presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct a 1 minute oral presentation illustrating how any of the services mentioned could benefit: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your library users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You as a librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your library </li></ul></ul>