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This presentation for Regina Public Library staff in Saskatchewan Canada was meant to introduce Web 2.0, both as a concept as well as some of the main web sites that are at the forefront of web 2.0......

This presentation for Regina Public Library staff in Saskatchewan Canada was meant to introduce Web 2.0, both as a concept as well as some of the main web sites that are at the forefront of web 2.0 services.

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  • 1. Welcome to the Web 2.0 Revolution! Presented by Trudi Stafford © Regina Public Library January 26, 2009
  • 2. Topics for discussion
    • A Brief Introduction: What the heck is Web 2.0?
    • Wading into the Web 2.0 waters
    • Some cool tools and gadgets (quick overview!)
    • The Blogosphere – blogs, bloggers, blogging
    • Wiki –mania
    • Keeping up with it all: RSS / XML feeds
    • Facebook
  • 3. Topics for discussion con’t
    • Booksharing: g oodreads
    • Photosharing: Flickr
    • Videosharing: YouTube
    • Sharing bookmarks: del-icio-us
    • Podcasts
    • The IM culture: Instant Messaging and Meebo
    • Wrap-up and conclusions. Questions?
    • TODAY’S THEME: What does this have to do with me? With the library? Why should I care?
  • 4. Web 2.0 – some basic definitions
    • The 2nd generation of the World Wide Web, especially the movement away from static webpages to dynamic and shareable content (en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Web_2.0)
    • A term that refers to a supposed 2 nd generation of Internet-based services. These usually include tools that let people collaborate and share (searchenginewatch.com/showPage.html)
    • The use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to facilitate creativity, information sharing, and … collaboration among users (www.anvilmedia.com/search-engine-marketing-glossary.html)
  • 5. What the heck is Web 2.0?
    • Key phrase:
    • “ Social Networking”
    • Web 2.0 technologies bring together (and connect) a global community
    • Think:
    • conversation, collaboration, and social connection
  • 6. Web 2.0 / Social networking tools allow for:
    • individuals to become creators and distributors of information.
    • individuals to participate in on-going learning and content creation .
    • Be it with friends and family, colleagues and associates, within our places of work or on our free time at home.
  • 7. It’s a Web 2.0 Revolution!
    • Web 2.0 tools have become a universal pastime crossing gender, age, cultural and class boundaries.
    • THE GREAT EQUALIZER : the potential exists for everyone to have a voice; Web 2.0 provides the means to share with the world a vision, opinions and / or expertise (i.e. the rise of “ citizen journalism” )
    • … everywhere there’s a computer anyway…
  • 8. The Web 2.0-sphere
    • WHO is social networking?
    • WHAT are they social networking about?
    • Everyone!
    • Everything!
  • 9. The Who
    • Parents
    • Teachers
    • Politicians
    • Teenagers
    • Grandmothers
    • Mailmen
    • Mechanics
    • Doctors
    • Clergy
    • Librarians
    • YOU!
  • 10. The What
    • If you can think of a topic or situation, chances are someone is engaged in some sort of social networking about it.
    • politics
    • religion
    • food
    • travel
    • books
    • art
    • movies
    • music
    • health
    • marriage
    • getting divorced
    • dogs, cats, kids…
  • 11.  
  • 12. Some cool tools & gadgets
    • Sometimes it’s all about the hardware!
    • Personal Digital Assistant (PDA):
    • From Blackberry to iTouch
    • PDA: refers to wireless, handheld computers that provide access to: email, phone, corporate data, internet, messaging and organizer features
    • Blackberry -- nicknamed “Crackberry” because of its highly addictive nature
  • 13. Blackberry vs . iTouch
  • 14. Tools & Gadgets con’t
    • iPods vs . MP3 / MP4 players:
    • Portable music devices that enable users to listen & download digital music, pictures, podcasts and videos
    • MP3 (audio) and MP4 (audio & video) are specific file formats
    • An iPod is a specific brand of MP3 / MP4 player produced by Apple Inc.
  • 15. iPods vs . MP3 / MP4 devices
  • 16. Tools & Gadgets con’t
    • Memory cards:
    • Storage device used to store data, such as picture and movie files
    • Used in digital cameras, music players, game consoles, etc.
  • 17. Universal Serial Bus (USB): A tool by any other name…
    • Flash drives / USB drives / memory keys, sticks or pens:
    • Portable storage device that plugs into a USB port.
    • Transfers data between two devices using their USB ports / drives
  • 18. Tools & Gadgets & Gaming
    • Video Gaming Systems:
    • According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), computer and video game software sales reached $9.5 billion in 2007
    • According to Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian), there are approx. 90 million gamers aged 35 & under; 77 million gamers that are considered “Boomers”
    • Hottest Christmas toy of 2007 was the Nintendo Wii
  • 19. Nintendo Wii
    • Motion sensor controllers
    • Oriented towards families or first-time gamers
  • 20. Library applications for gaming
    • Bringing the community together
    • Seniors
    • Teens
    • Families
  • 21. Gaming @ RPL… yes, it’s here
    • Wii Will Wii Will Rock You!
    • RPL has purchased a Wii gaming system and has incorporated it into teen programming (with talks of extending into seniors’ programming).
    • Other libraries and gaming:
    • Edmonton Public Library
    • Sudbury Public Library
    • Online Eduction Database (OEDb)
  • 22. What do all of these gadgets have in common?
    • Everything rolled into a single device – e.g. phone, camera, music, internet, newspapers, games, day planner etc.
    • Idea of being “plugged in” and sharing with other people – WiFi capability
    • Larger memory capabilities
    • Portability
    • Affordability
    • Ease of use
  • 23. What is a blog anyway?
    • WEB + LOG = BLOG
    • Concise OED defines blog as: “a personal website on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis”
    • Entries are called posts and appear in reverse chronological order (newest first)
    • Posts are archived by date for future access
    • Posts are organized by categories or tagging to aid browsing / navigation
  • 24. Blogs con’t
    • Blogs are intended to be interactive
    • Readers can leave comments, provide their points of view, agree or disagree with the blog’s “owner” thereby contributing to the blog’s overall content.
    • Privacy settings will ensure that your blog is viewed only by the people you invite to your blog space .
    • Commoncraft: Blogs in Plain English
  • 25. Anatomy of a blog
    • Let’s take a look:
    • Travel diaries , political ramblings , cat lovers , booklovers , teachers , collectors , businesses , non-profit organizations , sport fans , museums , health advocates , breaking news, hobbyists …
  • 26. To Blog or Not To Blog
    • Why blog?
    • 1. It’s fun!
    • 2. Blogs are a great way to express your opinions and share ideas with loved ones, friends, or if you choose, the world.
    • 3. You will sharpen your writing skills.
    • 4. It’s a great way to connect with people with similar likes, passions, life circumstances, etc.
    • 5. Makes the world a much smaller place!
    • 6. Blogging is like a journal, scrapbook, memoir, and manifesto all rolled into one.
  • 27. Blogging: Fun, easy, free …
    • Thanks to hosting sites like Blogger.com and WordPress setting up and maintaining a blog is not only easy, but more importantly, free .
    • Blogger.com
    • One of the most popular blog publishers.
    • Bought by Google in 2003.
  • 28. Finding blogs on the Web
    • With so many blogs out
    • there, how do you find
    • what’s right for you?
  • 29. Blogs - Continued…
    • Blogs have gone mainstream
    • Rise of specialized search engines such as Technorati and Bloglines to find blogs
    • As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112 million blogs.
  • 30. Finding blogs con’t
    • Basic Google Search
  • 31. Award Sites for Blogs
    • Performancing Blog Awards
    • Blogger’s Choice
    • Awards
  • 32. Blogs @ the library: application and value
    • Connecting with online users
    • Inviting participation and collaboration
    • Marketing and promotion of collections and programming
    • Traditional print resources: take longer to produce & update
    • (think bookmarks, reading lists and subject guides)
    • Blogs: content created quickly and easily updated (currency)
    • Automatic archiving
    • Cheap / cost-efficient
    • The Blogging Libraries Wiki
  • 33. Readers’ Advisory and blogging
    • Reading Rants: http://www.readingrants.org/
    • Morton Grove Public Library
    • Blogs: http://www.webrary.org/inside/blogs.html
    • By the Book blog: http://mgplbythebook.blogspot.com/
    • Regina Public Library Blogs
  • 34. What in the world is a wiki ?
    • Short for the Hawaiian term “wiki wiki” which means, “quick”
    • Online website where the writer and the reader can both create & edit the content
    • Note: this is different from a blog where it’s usually only the blogger who can write & edit the content. In a wiki environment, the reader becomes the “author”
    • In many cases, you will need to log in before making any changes to a wiki page
  • 35. Wiki s…
    • What makes a Wiki unique is that it enables multiple people to see and collaboratively edit the same page/document, in the same ‘place.’ - everything from a small edit, to creating new pages or sections in a time efficient manner.
    • NOT email – NOT blogs – NOT a bulletin board or forum.
    • Think a series of linked index cards!
  • 36. Wiki s …
    • are web sites that are collaboratively written by their readers -- where readers are authors and authors are readers.
    • have no (or little) approval process and can go direct to the Web.
    • are about the flow of information among individuals
    • increase participation – moving from passive readers to active participants
  • 37. Wiki s … the many uses of …
    • People use wikis for a variety of reasons:
    • Trip planning
    • Reading or shopping lists
    • Instructional / subject guides
    • Homework assignments
    • Business meetings
    • CommonCraft: Wikis in Plain English
  • 38. The most famous Wiki of all www.wikipedia.org
    • The biggest multilingual free-content encyclopedia on the Internet
    • Over 12 million articles in over 200 languages (2.7 million in English)
    • Articles have been written (and edited) collaboratively by volunteers from around the world
  • 39. Where can I make my Wiki?
    • The most popular “wiki engines” or hosting sites are:
    • pb wiki (short for peanut butter)
    • wetpaint
    • mediawiki
  • 40. Wiki s at the library …
    • Connecting with online users
    • Inviting participation and collaboration
    • Marketing and promotion of collections and programming
    • Traditional print resources slower to produce
    • think bookmarks, reading lists and subject guides
    • Current and quickly and easily updated
    • Automatic archiving
    • Cheap / cost-efficient
  • 41. Library application continued
    • Wiki Subject Guides
    • Collaborative (workload can be shared)
    • Current (print can become quickly out of date)
    • Easy to maintain, edit and update
    • RPL Subject Guides
  • 42. Facebook
    • Facebook is a social networking site
    • Social networking = web sites/services enabling a user to connect with family, friends, and colleagues sharing common interests
    • Launched in 2004, the site was developed by Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard University student
  • 43. Putting a face on Facebook…
    • As of January 9, 2009, Facebook has more than 150 million users worldwide
    • Most popular social networking site in Canada with more than 7 million active users
    • An average of 250, 000 new users register each day
    • Note: In addition to individuals, many universities, libraries, non-profit organizations and businesses also have Facebook accounts
  • 44.  
  • 45. Why are people going there?
    • To stay in contact with family, friends, former classmates, etc.
    • To meet new people who share similar activities or interests (join groups)
    • To exchange photos and video clips
    • To play online games
  • 46. Fun Things to Do on Facebook
    • Application Fever! http://www.facebook.com/apps/
    • We’re Related
  • 47. Facebook applications continued
    • Visual Bookshelf
    • Cities I’ve Visited
  • 48. RSS feeds: Keeping up with it all
    • RSS = Really Simple Syndication
    • Available wherever you see this symbol:
    • Allows you to see when websites (including blogs and wikis) have added new content
    • You get the latest headlines, postings or updates in one place, as soon as its posted, without having to visit the websites, blogs, etc.
    • Users needs to subscribe to an RSS reader or aggregator such as Google Reader, Bloglines, Firefox, etc .
  • 49. RSS feeds: Fast, effective, free
    • YESTERDAY:
    • You search for the information you want
    • TODAY:
    • Information is delivered to you by subscription
    • CommonCraft: RSS in Plain English
  • 50. Brought to you by the letter “S”
    • Sharing, sharing and more sharing…
    • Booksharing – goodreads
    • Photosharing – Flickr
    • Videosharing – YouTube / EduTube
    • Bookmark sharing – Del.icio.us
  • 51. goodreads : it’s what your friends are reading
    • Launched in December 2006
    • Largest social network for readers in the world
    • 1,800,000 members who have added over 40,000,000 books
    • Members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more
    • Uses a “tagging” method whereby “shelves” are labeled
  • 52. Photo Sharing Sites
    • Websites that enable users to upload their personal images and share them with friends, family members or public
    • Photos are “tagged” with personal descriptors / labels
    • Libraries are creating their own photo repositories
  • 53. RPL: This Scan’s for You Party
    • PHR hosted a scanning party on December 7, 2007
    • RPL staff scanned over 200 photos dating back to 1910
    • RPL Flickr account officially launched on January 21, 2008
  • 54. Regina Public Library’s Photos
  • 55. Videosharing: Generation YouTube
    • video sharing website where users upload, view and share video clips.
    • unregistered users can watch most videos on the site, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos.
    • Bought by Google Inc. in 2006
    • Traffic and Stats (according to YouTube.com): People are watching hundreds of millions of videos a day on YouTube and uploading hundreds of thousands of videos daily. In fact, every minute, ten hours of video is uploaded to YouTube.
  • 56. The public library & YouTube
    • Marketing and promotion of services and collections
    • Programming
    • Book Talks / Reviews
    • Instructional videos
    • Video Tours
    • Edmonton Public Library YouTube channel
    • Calgary Public Library Story Time video
    • Toronto Public Library Absolutely Vital video
  • 57. It’s simply del.icio.us!
    • del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website:
    • You can get to your bookmarks from anywhere
    • You can share your bookmarks publicly
    • You can find other people on del.icio.us who have interesting bookmarks, building community and interconnectedness
  • 58. Tagging = Folksonomies = Dewey who?
    • the practice of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content
    • usually, freely chosen keywords are used instead of a controlled vocabulary (like Dewey SH & database indexing)
    • folksonomy (from folk + taxonomy ) is a user-generated taxonomy – by the user for other users – language of the people
    • many online users are finding folksonomies, or tagging, to be much more useful / relevant
  • 59. Podcasts
    • a form of audio
    • broadcasting using the
    • Internet for playback on a
    • mobile device or personal
    • computer
    • Podcasting @ Library Success Wiki
    • Denver Public Library
    • Seattle Public Library
    • Sunnyvale Public Library
  • 60. Instant Messaging (IM)
    • Form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text, which is conveyed via computers over the Internet ( texting with cell phone / PDA)
  • 61. Meebo
  • 62. Instant Messaging – meebo RPL
  • 63. Summing up….
    • What’s it all about, Alfie?!
    • Web 2.0 = Sharing and collaboration
    • The online environment = relevance growing exponentially
    • The public library can benefit greatly from Web 2.0
    • The public library has a vital role to play
  • 64. Questions?