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  • LASSIE (Libraries and Social Software in Education) was a nine month project funded by the University of London and completed in January 2008. It explored how libraries are using web 2.0 technologies and focused specifically on how they might use these tools to engage with distance learning students. The project produced a literature review and five case study reports which are available on the project website: http:// clt.lse.ac.uk/Projects/LASSIE.php This presentation will give an overview of the project, highlighting examples of how libraries are using new technologies such as blogs, social networking and social bookmarking to connect with their users. It will also report on a recent survey about the use of Facebook in libraries. The session will also provide an opportunity for discussion about the challenges and problems that librarians might face when using web 2.0 technologies.

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  • The adventures of LASSIE: Libraries and Social Software Dr Jane Secker Centre for Learning Technology London School of Economics and Political Science Manchester Metropolitan University 13 th November 2008
  • Outline of talk
    • Based on findings from the LASSIE project
    • What is web 2.0 & Library 2.0?
    • A snapshot of library activity related to web 2.0 technologies including:
      • RSS technologies
      • Blogs
      • Social networking
      • Social bookmarking
    • Lessons from LASSIE – IL and web 2.0
    • Issues to consider for libraries
  • LASSIE
    • 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
  • The LASSIE literature review
    • Covered three main areas:
      • Libraries and social software (or web 2.0 developments)
      • Libraries as a social space
      • Current issues supporting distance learners
    • Available on the project website, in LSE Research Online, published in Program…
  • 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 and communication
    • 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
  • Blogging in FE Libraries
  • Worcester: ILS Matters
  • Libraries and social bookmarking
    • Sites like delicious allow users to share / access their bookmarks
    • Excellent for resource sharing
    • Several libraries have developed their own social bookmarking tools
    • Several libraries using delicious to maintain lists of internet resources
    • Flexible, portable, customisable
  • LSE’s delicious pages
  • Using delicious in teaching
  • 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!
  • Library pages in Facebook
  • University of Warwick – a case study
    • Library links provide subject specific information for library users
    • RSS feed from library blog to keep page looking fresh
    • Various library related applications on the page including a customised catalogue search
    • They don’t send out too many updates to fans – only really important things
    • Got help and advice from other librarians when setting up the page - experiment rather than spend lots of time planning a Facebook page
  • Facebook survey: October 2008
    • Carried out a short survey to find out why libraries were using Facebook
    • Results showed largely experimental although some libraries now have over 500 fans!
    • Many library related applications can be added to Facebook pages
    • A good way to promote events and keep users up to date
    • Adding RSS feeds to page and using blogs also popular
    • Findings slightly at odds with recent JISC survey of senior librarians
  • 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
    • Library Thing being used by some libraries to manage reading lists
  • What are our students doing?
    • Knowledge of web 2.0 as a concept is pretty much non-existent
    • Some are using RSS feeds, but in my experience not many
    • They are using Facebook, You Tube, photo sharing websites etc.
    • But they are still not being discerning about the web
  • 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
    • Social software has lots of potential in the area of information literacy teaching
  • Web 2.0 and Information Literacy
    • Many of the tools we have seen assist:
      • Reflection
      • Visual approaches
      • Sharing
      • Convenience
      • Content creation
      • Critical thinking
    Edited by Peter Godwin and Jo Parker. Facet, 2008
  • Integrating web 2.0 into IL
    • Digital Literacy Programme
      • RSS feeds, blogging, social bookmarking, iGoogle
    • IL course for University of London distance learners at LSE in Moodle
      • Going beyond Google, delicious
    • IL programme for PhD students taught over 6 weeks
      • RSS feeds, iGoogle, social bookmarking
  • 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 librarians do their jobs better?
    • How do we cope with the challenges these new technologies present – including the staff development issues?
    • Is there a role for library schools?
  • 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/ Bookmarks in: http://www.delicious.com/lse_lassie/