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This presentation provides an overview of the LASSIE (Libraries and Social Software in Education) project.

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Lassie Lse Library Lassie Lse Library Presentation Transcript

  • Libraries and social software: the adventures of LASSIE Dr Jane Secker Centre for Learning Technology Library Lunchtime Seminar 17 th January 2008
  • The LASSIE Project
    • Web 2.0 is happening
    • Library 2.0 is also happening
    • Social software surely offers potential to enhance the experience of distance learners using the library?
    • 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 completed)
    • Review of web 2.0 tools
    • Review of what libraries are currently doing
    • Can this enhance the experience of the distance (and full time) learner?
    • Five case studies using social software to enhance library services with students on UoL External Programme and other DL courses where possible
    • Trying to provide real evidence about what works and what is useful
  • The Literature review
    • What is social software, Library 2.0: definitions
    • How do you carry out a literature review on social software and using it?
    • 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?
    • Draft available online from Project website
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  • 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
  • Some examples from LSE
    • London School of Economics and Political Science
      • Using RSS feeds for bringing together training events across the school
      • Use of RSS for news on CLT website
      • Using wikis and blogs for staff development
      • Added ‘rich content’ to catalogue for an Amazon appearance
  • LSE’s training portal
  • Some examples from elsewhere!
    • Social bookmarking
      • Penn Tags
      • Subject guides in del.icio.us
    • Libraries using blogs:
      • Madison-Jefferson County Public library
      • Ohio University Library Business Blog
      • Kansas State University library blogs
    • Librarians also love to write blogs!
  • Madison-Jefferson County Public library blog
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Other examples
    • User comments & reviews in the catalogue
      • Hennepin County Library
      • University of Huddersfield
    • Libraries using social networking sites
      • MySpace and Facebook library accounts
      • Groups for libraries and librarians
      • Useful for professional networking for example Ning and LinkedIn
    • Library Success Wiki
  • Hennepin County Library
  • Other examples of Library 2.0…
    • RSS feeds for searches in databases such as Ebsco, Web of Science, and now in COPAC
    • Journal table of contents delivered as RSS feeds – also useful ways for researchers to keep up to date
    • Social bookmarking tool quick links added to BBC website and other sites
    • Library applications in Facebook such as catalogue searches, book sharing etc.
  • 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 online resources available through ULRLS
    • The literature review suggests information literacy programmes and access to electronic resources are services that could be enhanced through social software
  • 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 the campus
    • Students don’t visit the library as frequently and this trend is likely to increase
    • Social software might offer solutions for all libraries
    • LASSIE findings should be of wider relevance
  • 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?
  • The Project provided an opportunity
    • Set up a blog for updates, reflection and external feedback
    • Using Moodle for internal communication
    • Using social bookmarking site: del.icio.us
    • Joined Facebook, Ning, LinkedIn for contacts
    • Experimented with other tools e.g. Google Reader for collecting RSS feeds
  • Five case studies
    • To gather evidence in 5 areas:
      • Presenting reading lists to students
      • Resource sharing with students
      • Podcasting for teaching information literacy skills
      • Blogging and libraries
      • Facebook and libraries
  • Reading lists and social software
    • Investigating using social software to present reading lists to students as an alternative to paper based or commercial online reading list systems
    • A reading list for LSE external programme students was selected for inclusion
    • Using reference management tool CiteULike
    • Also tested other tools including H20 Playlists , Bibsonomy and LibraryThing
    • These systems have been piloted with distance learners and feedback gathered.
  • CiteULike
  • Social bookmarking / resource sharing
    • Exploring social bookmarking as a way of creating a subject guide of internet resources for students
    • Created a list of resources for distance learners on the TRIUM course at LSE
    • Used the social bookmarking site del.icio.us
    • Challenge to add library resources to this type of list
    • Evaluated value of social bookmarking from perspective of list creator as well as student
  • Using del.icio.us
  • Information literacy and social software
    • 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
  • 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
  • Facebook and Libraries
    • Final case study coming soon
    • Based on experiences of the team using this social networking site for past 10 months
    • Lots of library related groups and applications
    • Largely a social networking site, but difficult to predict how valuable it might become in the future
    • Certainly the communication tool of choice for the Google Generation
  • LASSIE: where next?
    • Recognise there are staff development issues with web 2.0
    • OU are interested in developing a course for librarians
    • CLT currently running sessions which library staff are welcome to attend
    • CLT will continue to explore and build on the various initiatives: del.icio.us, podcasting etc.
    • LASSIE blog will continue for time being
  • Key lessons learnt
    • Social software has the potential to reach out to users in new ways
    • Libraries need to continue to experiment
    • The wiki way and beta is good!
    • Way ahead not clear but social software is important and not just a passing fad
  • Further research and project schedule
    • Case studies scheduled to be completed in January 2008: report will be published on website
    • Literature review will be updated in January 2008
    • Project due to finish: December 2007 !
    • Check out the resources for today’s talk on del.icio.us : http://del.icio.us/LSE_LASSIE/UKSG
    • Thank you and any questions?
    • LASSIE Blog: http://elearning.lse.ac.uk/blogs/socialsoftware/
    • LASSIE website: http://clt.lse.ac.uk/Projects/LASSIE.php
    • Jane Secker [email_address]