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Lassie Aber Final

Lassie Aber Final



Guest lecture given at Aberystwyth University on 10th September 2008

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  • The adventures of LASSIE: libraries and Web 2.0 Dr Jane Secker Centre for Learning Technology London School of Economics and Political Science University of Wales, Aberystwyth: 10 th September 2008
  • Outline of presentation
    • Based on findings from the LASSIE project
    • What is web 2.0?
    • What is Library 2.0?
    • A snapshot of library activity related to web 2.0 technologies including:
      • RSS technologies
      • Blogs
      • Social networking
      • Social bookmarking
    • Some issues to consider ….
    • Libraries and social software in education
    • Nine month project funded by University of London’s Centre for Distance Education
    • Several project partners
    • Literature review to provide a snapshot of activity
    • Five case studies to explore different technologies
    Lassie filming on location in Florida. Photo courtesy State Archive of Florida
  • Project partners
  • Project Overview
    • Literature review of libraries and social software and distance learners (draft and final version)
    • Review of web 2.0 tools and what libraries are currently doing
    • Five case studies using social software to investigate how these technologies might enhance the experience of the distance (and full time) learner?
    • Students were distance learners at University of London
    • Tried to provide real evidence about what works and what is useful
  • What is web 1.0?
    • Web 1.0 - the user as a consumer
    • Web editors created content
    • Limited interactivity
    • Communication via e-mail
    • Dial-up connections
    • Software on PC
  • What is Web 2.0
    • Using web as a platform for
      • Communication
      • Interactivity
      • Sharing
      • Storing information
    • User generated content- blogs, wikis, social networks
    • Always connected
  • Some features of web 2.0
    • Services rather than software
    • Hosted remotely / not locally
    • Social interaction
    • Inclusion of ‘user generated content’
    • Tagging
    • Re-usable data
    • Syndication / feed enabled
    • Easy to use….
  • What is Library 2.0? From Michael Habib’s Flickr site (Licensed under Creative Commons): http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=222296001&size=o
  • How are librarians responding?
    • With enthusiasm and experimentation!
    • Lots of examples of practical applications
    • UK still someway behind the US
    • Staff development an issue
    • Some librarians have seen it as a threat, bandwagon, something to be ignored
    • JISC currently exploring this area with the TILE project
  • RSS / news feeds
    • Phil Bradley argues RSS underlies web 2.0
    • A new way of reading the web
    • Content brought to you via a reader or aggregator
    • Great for keeping up to date
    • Content can be re-used elsewhere
    • The BBC have an excellent overview of what RSS is and how it works
  • LSE’s training portal
  • RSS from a blog RSS from a database
  • Web 2.0 library catalogues
    • Features include:
      • User reviews and ratings
      • Tagging of items
      • Using loan data to make recommendations
      • RSS capability for example to generate new book lists
    • All linked to overall trend to make library catalogues meet user’s expectations (largely based their use of Amazon)
  • Hennepin County Library
  • University of Huddersfield
  • Aquabrowser
  • Vu Find
  • Libraries and blogging
    • Libraries and librarians are starting to embrace blogging
    • Increasingly blogs used for Library news – can target specific audiences
    • LASSIE blog invaluable for reflection, comments, news
    • Requires a more informal written approach?
  • Madison-Jefferson County Public library blog
  • Worcester: ILS Matters
  • Libraries and social bookmarking
    • Sites like del.icious allow users to share / access their bookmarks
    • Excellent for resource sharing
    • Several libraries have developed their own social bookmarking tools
    • Several libraries using del.icio.us to maintain lists of internet resources
    • Flexible, portable, customisable
    • Studied use of delicious in case studies
  • Stanford University
  • Using del.icio.us
  • Libraries and social networking
    • OCLC report suggested libraries didn’t have a role to play in social networking
    • Despite this relatively high usage of sites such as Facebook by librarians
    • Groups used for professional networking
    • Pages can be created by organisations
    • Many library related applications in Facebook
    • The jury is still out but read more in LASSIE’s case study on Facebook.
  • Library pages in Facebook
  • The LASSIE case studies
    • These aimed to gather further evidence of what might work
    • Also offer best practice advice
    • All available on project website
    • Explored five key areas:
      • Presenting reading lists to students
      • Resource sharing with students
      • Podcasting for teaching information literacy skills
      • Blogging and libraries
      • Facebook and libraries
  • Case Study 1: Reading lists and social software
    • Used social software to present reading lists to students as an alternative to paper lists and commercial reading list systems
    • A reading list for LSE external programme students was selected for inclusion
    • Tested out CiteULike , H20 Playlists , Bibsonomy and LibraryThing
    • Piloted with distance learners and feedback gathered
    • Students liked online reading lists with book jackets!
  • CiteULike
  • LibraryThing.com
  • Case Study 3: Podcasting
    • Literature review revealed information literacy is a key challenge for distance learning librarians.
    • Podcasting offers a new way of developing training materials
    • Created an online ‘ screencast ’ including powerpoint and audio on citing and referencing
    • Feedback from students gathered through a survey
    • Attracted considerable interest from other libraries
  • The screencast
  • Case Study 4: Blogging and libraries
    • Maintained LASSIE Blog since March 2007 and now addicted to writing a blog!
    • Highly valuable for publicity, documenting progress, reflecting and getting (some) feedback
    • More readers than the departmental blog!
    • Informal posts get more responses
    • Still difficult to gauge who is reading it
    • Features such as using RSS to push content onto a website most valuable
    • Includes best practice for bloggers
  • The LASSIE Blog
  • Other useful web 2.0 tools
    • SlideShare – share your powerpoints
    • Flickr –find images you can use under a creative commons licence
    • You Tube – liven up teaching sessions!
    • Google Reader or another feed reader to keep up to date with blogs and other sites with RSS
  • Key lessons from LASSIE
    • Social software has the potential to reach out to users in new ways
    • Libraries and librarians need to continue to experiment with emerging technologies
    • Currently real enthusiasm and innovation in the library community!
    • Way ahead not clear but social software is important and not just a passing fad
    • The wiki way and beta is good!
  • Questions and issues…
    • Can libraries / librarians ignore web 2.0 technologies and survive?
    • Do you think Library 2.0 is just hype?
    • Which technologies really do help make us do our job better?
    • How do we cope with the challenges these new technologies present – including the staff development issues?
  • Thanks for listening! Jane Secker [email_address] Further reading Godwin, P and Parker, J. (2008) Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0. Facet Publishing. LASSIE blog: http:// elearning.lse.ac.uk/blogs/socialsoftware / LASSIE Bookmarks: http://delicious.com/lse_lassie/