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This is the presentation given by Gwyneth Price and Jane Secker at the Networked Learning Conference in Halkidiki Greece 5-6th May 2008

This is the presentation given by Gwyneth Price and Jane Secker at the Networked Learning Conference in Halkidiki Greece 5-6th May 2008

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  • 1. Virtual Libraries as Virtual Learning Spaces: the experiences of the LASSIE project Dr Jane Secker Centre for Learning Technology, London School of Economics and Political Science Gwyneth Price The Newsam Library, Institute of Education
  • 2. Project partners
  • 3. Project aims
    • To address concerns over lack of use of library resources by distance learners
    • To explore how social software is affecting libraries and their services
    • To consider whether these new technologies might enhance distance learners’ experience of libraries
  • 4. Overview of paper
    • Literature review
    • Case studies
    • Discussion
  • 5. The literature review process
    • Non- traditional approaches to finding “literature”
    • Team communication and collaboration
  • 6. The Literature review
    • Definitions: What is social software? The concept of Library 2.0
    • To what extent and in what ways are libraries currently using social software?
    • What are the current issues in supporting distance learners and how might social software help?
    • Are libraries a social space and can virtual libraries replicate this?
    • Available online from Project website
  • 7.  
  • 8. Distance learners and libraries
    • University of London External Programme traditionally provided little library support
    • Access to library resources still varies depending on course
    • A concern students don’t exploit resources available through the Online Library
    • The literature review suggests information literacy programmes and access to electronic resources are services that could be enhanced through social software
  • 9. Aren’t all libraries supporting distance learners?
    • Even if no ‘real’ distance learners, e-learning and e-resources has meant many librarians support users remotely
    • Students increasingly part-time, mature, not living on campus
    • Students don’t visit the library as frequently
    • Social software might offer solutions for all libraries
    • LASSIE findings should be of wider relevance
  • 10. Libraries as a social space
    • What sort of interactions take place here?
      • Group working
      • Resource sharing
      • Networking with colleagues, classmates
      • Using electronic resources
      • Getting help / advice/ training from Library staff
    • Library as ‘place’ and libraries as ‘third places’
    • Do students want librarians in social spaces?
  • 11. The case studies
    • 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
    • Involved course leaders and students at LSE and IoE
    • Aimed to offer best practice advice for other institutions
  • 12. 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!
  • 13. CiteULike
  • 14. LibraryThing.com
  • 15. Case study 2: Social bookmarking
    • Exploring social bookmarking as a way of creating a subject guide of internet resources for students using del.icio.us
    • Created a list of resources for distance learners on the TRIUM course at LSE
    • Created a list for PGCE students at IoE which they could add resources to
    • Del.icio.us very flexible and easy to use
    • Could be problematic to add library resources to this type of list
    • Highly valuable as a personal tool and easy to embed into other websites / services e.g. Facebook and Moodle
  • 16. Using del.icio.us
  • 17. 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
  • 18. The screencast
  • 19. 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
  • 20. The LASSIE Blog
  • 21. Case Study 5: Facebook and Libraries
    • Based on experiences of the team using this social networking site for past 10 months
    • Largely a social networking site, but difficult to predict how valuable it might become in the future
    • Identified many library related groups and applications
    • Looked at best practice for librarians using Facebook
    • Certainly the communication tool of choice for the Google Generation
  • 22. Library pages in Facebook
  • 23. 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
  • 24. What is Library 2.0?
    • Library 2.0 is about user-centred change
    • Library 2.0 reflects a process of change already well underway
    • Library 2.0 is about people rather than technologies
  • 25. More questions than answers
    • How can information literacy be embedded in the learning process?
    • Is there a conflict between Librarian 2.0 and her traditional counterpart?
    • Is the traditional library redundant?
  • 26. Thank you and any questions?
    • LASSIE Blog: http:// elearning.lse.ac.uk/blogs/socialsoftware /
    • LASSIE website: http:// clt.lse.ac.uk/Projects/LASSIE.php
    • Resources for today’s talk:
    • http://del.icio.us/LSE_LASSIE/NLC2008/
    • E-mail: [email_address]
    • [email_address]