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A little presentation/discussion about current and emerging technologies in libraries, as well as library/web 2.0., user generated content, and social media by robin fay, georgiawebgurl@gmail.com......

A little presentation/discussion about current and emerging technologies in libraries, as well as library/web 2.0., user generated content, and social media by robin fay, georgiawebgurl@gmail.com (Keynote address to GPLS Annual 2009)

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  • 1.
    • Introduction
    • Current Trends
    • Emerging Trends
    • Practical thinking
    • Questions and wrap-up
    Current & emerging trends Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
  • 2. Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, Metadata 101, robinfay.net Find me at robinfay.net, facebook, twitter, linkedin, youtube, blogger, etc.
  • 3.  
  • 4. Current trends in technology... Where are we?
    • In the recent years, we have seen the rise of
      • Database driven websites and Content Management Systems: websites are no longer static html webpages but include real time information and/or allow for user interaction
      • Opensource: “Free” Software which is released under licensing allowing others to use it and/or modify it Examples of Opensource softwares include Wordpress, Drupal and Evergreen
      • User generated content and social media (web2.0) – it’s not networking and it is not just for fun (anymore)
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
  • 5.
    • ...the rise of
      • RSS Feeds and APIs
    • APIs are the pieces of programming allowing one software to talk to one another in ways that are understandable (think translation tools). RSS feeds are created from APIs.
      • What are RSS feeds?
      • RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication
      • RSS provides an easy way for users to find and subscribe to information. Makes content portable to other web pages including blogs.
      • Feedburner.com
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net Current trends in technology... Where are we?
  • 6. Current trends in technology... Where are we? Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
    • Mashups!
    • In web terms, a mashup takes content or data from different sources or services to create a new thing
      • An example of a mashup is Flickr Maps which uses both images from Flickr and Google Maps
      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathowie/8496262 /
  • 7. Current trends in technology : where are we?
    • The rise of ...
      • visual > civilization started with pictures as storytelling and with the accessibility of video and digital photography we are seeing a resurgence in that form of communication
      • More Media! MP3s, Downloadable Audio books, video on demand, tv on the ‘net – movies on the ‘net, more more more digital content!
      • Mobile me, Mobile You: Wifi, high speed connections, mobile devices that do most everything....
      • 2 (or 3 or 4) purpose devices – Phones that take photos, digital cameras that should video, GPS that sync to Google maps, MP3 players that play video, etc.
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
  • 8. Current trends in technology: where are we?
    • Some current challenges that are being faced:
      • Copyright – copyright doesn’t seem to be working very well for the digital millenium (see RIAA, Google Books, etc.)
        • The rise of Digital Rights Management, Creative Commons and Opensource
      • Format
        • Do we buy everything in every format?
        • How do we plan for obsolete formats?
        • How do we archive digital content?
        • Support for multiple devices
      • Digital divide – we know it still exists, but as the web becomes a more dynamic media with higher resource demands, how do we address it?
      • Training – how to learn this new technology
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
  • 9.  
  • 10. Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net So... basically, something very much like this
  • 11. Current trends in libraries in library technology
      • Blogging and other Web 2.0 technologies
      • Broadband/High speed infrastructure / Wifi
      • Digital Rights Management
      • Ebooks and Eresources management
      • ILS
      • Metadata/MARC/Harvesting/Crosswalking
      • Opensource
      • Open access
      • Portable devices
      • Preservation of new media formats
      • RSS
      • Search engines/semantic web
      • User generated content including folksonomies, i.e., tagging; user centered design
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net LITA, http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/lita/litaresources/toptechtrends/toptechtrends.cfm
  • 12. Current trends in libraries in libraries
      • Libraries mirror our culture...
      • .... And do it while managing the impact of fewer staff, smaller budgets, challenges in training, higher costs, etc..
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
  • 13. Current trends in libraries in libraries
    • What technologies are you using?
      • Evergreen and....
      • Blogging?
      • What else?
    • How are you using these technologies?
    • Do you use these technologies?
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
  • 14. Current trends in libraries in libraries
      • Although it is hard to look forward, the near future doesn’t look so scary...
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
  • 15. Looking forward...
    • Future technology trends include
      • A continuing appreciation for analog formats, such as LPs, books, etc.
      • A continuing growth in demand of digital formats at even higher quality, at least until the resources equal the demand
      • A continuing demand for interactivity and customization
      • A need to think about obsolete technology (is everyone going to replace DVDs with BluRay?)
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
  • 16. Looking forward...
    • Future technology trends include
      • A need to share resources and experiences even more (collaboration)
      • A continuing shift towards a social and visual culture
      • A continued move towards a singular device (think smart phones, think xbox to watch tv, listen to music, watch movies, play games; your computer is your tv is your source for ALL entertainment)
      • A continuing move towards the Semantic Web, aka the Holy Grail of Search engine experience
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
  • 17. Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
  • 18. Looking forward... it’s not impossible
    • So how do we move forward while supporting what we do (and love)?
    • What tools are there?
      • Opensource
      • User generated content
      • Social / Community
      • Mobile and movable (platform independent) -- think APIs, RSS, crosswalkable content/metadata
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
  • 19.
    • Let’s look at opensource just a little.
    • Opensource is software that is released and licensed to the public for use and/or modification. It may be developed by one developer, a team, or a community.
    • Opensource is free to use; however, hidden costs include server space/staff time as well as for pay extras. Opensource has both advantages and disadvantages.
    Opensource Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
  • 20.
    • Community source is software that is developed by a community or group. Community source does not necessarily mean opensource.
    • There are TONS of opensource software. Sourceforge is a good place to discover; another choice is OpenSource Alternatives.
    Opensource Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
  • 21.
    • Openoffice: A full suite of desktop productivity : Think> Microsoft Office
    • GIMP: A image editing software : Think> Adobe Photoshop
    • Debug’s Wink: A screencapture software (good for creating tutorials)Think> Camtasia Software
    • PDF Creator: A PDF creator Think> Adobe Professional
    • Wordpress: A blogging software which can also work as a full website development tool (Content Management System)
    • Drupal : CMS System / website development
    • Evergreen: ILS – which you already use!
    Opensource Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
  • 22. User generated content aka the Web 2.0 in well... Web 2.0
    • Web 2.0 is about having an interactive experience – driven by the users needs. The user not only CONTROLS the experience, they create and shape the experience.
    • Web2.0 is driving the creation of new technologies and changing how we already communicate with each other. Email is on the way out? IM, Facebook/ social networking, that is where communication is happening.
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
  • 23. User generated content aka the Web 2.0 in well... Web 2.0
    • Web2.0 is really any technology which is on interactive and customizable by the user. Web 2.0 may or may involve a social networking aspect, but frequently does.
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
  • 24. Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net Metadata is the underlying structure of information on the web.
  • 25. User generated content aka the Web 2.0 in well... Web 2.0
    • For example Youtube is a Web2.0 kind of website in that users can create accounts and upload and edit videos. The fact that they can leave comments for each other and “friend” each other is the social network/media aspect.
    • If you’ve not used Web2.0 technologies are do not where to start (or want to learn more), check out 23 things.
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
  • 26. Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
  • 27. User generated content Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
  • 28. User generated content
    • Many libraries are already hosting and/or facilitating user generated content. … but then that is not so different from hosting a face to face book discussion group. One requires physical space and assistance from staff; the other virtual space and assistance from staff.
    • One example of user generated content hosted by a library is user blogs
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
  • 29. User generated content Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net Blogs (and blogging software) hosted by Univ. of Minnesota Libraries
  • 30.
    • Social networking has quickly evolved beyond the initial user base and has exploded. Facebook started out as a student project at Harvard to connect students together. Youtube started as a way for a group of friends to share video.
    • Facebook has quickly become THE place to connect, share photos, find news, and other information.
    • Why would libraries want to use social media?
    Social / community media Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
  • 31.
    • Reasons to use social media:
      • Free
      • PR/Marketing
      • Provide subscription services via RSS feeds; also ability to embed content into other websites (pageflakes etc.) or read/interact via mobile device
      • Ease of pulling in dynamic (real time) content into a website
      • Instant updating/editing
      • Provide a more informal “face” to the library
      • Push out content to users, i.e. be in their space
      • Depending on software, can set up publication of announcements & posts
      • Network with other libraries and professionals
      • Offer services (ask reference, etc.) via the social media platform
      • Communication tool with users
      • Publish original content
      • Usability testing/comments/feedback from users
      • Even more!
    Social / community media Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
  • 32.
    • Social media sites
      • Facebook
      • Myspace
      • Flickr (image hosting and video)
      • Youtube (Youtube for education just launched)
      • Itunes (for podcasting audio & video)
      • Blogger.com, Wordpress.com (blogging)
      • Del.icio.us (bookmarking, sharing links)
    Social / community media Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
  • 33. Examples of libraries using social media space Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
    • Day in the life of the Library - St. Joseph County Public
    • Why do NJ patrons love their libraries? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeQI25n8qPQ
    • Guide to the library – from Williams College http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-t0LHnw-fc
      • Free and easy to use; accepts most formats; no need to convert!
      • Videocasting
      • Provides easy way to get videos on the web
      • Embed into blog posts
  • 34. Examples of libraries using social media space Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
    • Social bookmarking – del.icio.us
      • Uses for websites and blogging
        • Del.icio.us toys (links list, tag clouds, etc.)
        • Networking
        • Resource sharing and discovery
    • Social bookmarking - del.icio.us
      • Nashville Public Library – TeenWeb http://www.library.nashville.org/teens/teenweb.asp
      • College of New Jersey – Italian Studies Pathfinder http://www.tcnj.edu/~library/moulaison/ItalianStudies.html
  • 35. Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia,, robinfay.net
    • Library of Congress, Live Oak, UGA (uses user submitted images) and more.
  • 36. Now, your turn
    • Pick one social media (or one which you do not currently use) and think about what you could do with it...
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
  • 37. Mobile, mobile
    • According to one report
    • 65 million users access facebook via a mobile device
    • Number of mobile users to facebook tripled over the previous year
    • Mobile will continue to rise and we’ll need to think about how our services and products scale
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
  • 38. Library 2.0 – that’s us...
      • So, we’ve covered Library 2.0, no?
        • Library 2.0 is interactive and collaborative
        • Library 2.0 uses Web 2.0 technologies
        • Library 2.0 is user centered and allows users to contribute and/or control their experience
        • Library 2.0 goes where the users are, aka the social media/networking sites
        • Library 2.0 shares content and information via metadata
        • Library 2.0 supports multiple devices and provides resources in multiple formats
    Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
  • 39. Robin Fay, Univ. of Georgia, robinfay.net
    • http://slideshare.net/robinfay/
    • Links @ http://delicious.com/georgiawebgurl/emerging_technologies_presentations
    • Questions?