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Web 2.0: The Revolution


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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 (
      • A term that refers to a supposed 2 nd generation of Internet-based services. These usually include tools that let people collaborate and share (
      • The use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to facilitate creativity, information sharing, and … collaboration among users (
    • 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 and WordPress setting up and maintaining a blog is not only easy, but more importantly, free .
      • 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:
      • Morton Grove Public Library
      • Blogs:
      • By the Book blog:
      • 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
      • 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!
      • 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 –
    • 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 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!
      • 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 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?