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  • Lassie Worcester Final

    1. 1. Libraries and social software: an overview Dr Jane Secker Centre for Learning Technology London School of Economics and Political Science University of Worcester: 11 th July 2008
    2. 2. Outline of talk <ul><li>Based on findings from the LASSIE project </li></ul><ul><li>What is web 2.0? </li></ul><ul><li>What is Library 2.0? </li></ul><ul><li>A snapshot of library activity related to web 2.0 technologies including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some issues to consider for today…. </li></ul>
    3. 3. LASSIE <ul><li>Libraries and social software in education </li></ul><ul><li>Nine month project funded by University of London’s Centre for Distance Education </li></ul><ul><li>Several project partners </li></ul><ul><li>Literature review to provide a snapshot of activity </li></ul><ul><li>Five case studies to explore different technologies </li></ul>Lassie filming on location in Florida. Photo courtesy State Archive of Florida
    4. 4. Project partners
    5. 5. Project Overview <ul><li>Literature review of libraries and social software and distance learners (draft and final version) </li></ul><ul><li>Review of web 2.0 tools and what libraries are currently doing </li></ul><ul><li>Five case studies using social software to investigate how these technologies might enhance the experience of the distance (and full time) learner? </li></ul><ul><li>Students were on UoL External Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Tried to provide real evidence about what works and what is useful </li></ul>
    6. 6. What is web 1.0? <ul><li>Web 1.0 - the user as a consumer </li></ul><ul><li>Web editors created content </li></ul><ul><li>Limited interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>Communication via e-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Dial-up connections </li></ul><ul><li>Software on PC </li></ul>
    7. 7. What is Web 2.0 <ul><li>Using web as a platform for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Storing information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>User generated content- blogs, wikis, social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Always connected </li></ul>
    8. 8. Some features of web 2.0 <ul><li>Services rather than software </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted remotely / not locally </li></ul><ul><li>Social interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion of ‘user generated content’ </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging </li></ul><ul><li>Re-usable data </li></ul><ul><li>Syndication / feed enabled </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use…. </li></ul>
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. How are librarians responding? <ul><li>With enthusiasm and experimentation! </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of examples of practical applications </li></ul><ul><li>UK still someway behind the US </li></ul><ul><li>Staff development an issue </li></ul><ul><li>Some librarians have seen it as a threat, bandwagon, something to be ignored </li></ul><ul><li>JISC currently exploring this area with the TILE project </li></ul>
    11. 11. RSS / news feeds <ul><li>Phil Bradley argues RSS underlies web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>A new way of reading the web </li></ul><ul><li>Content brought to you via a reader or aggregator </li></ul><ul><li>Great for keeping up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Content can be re-used elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>The BBC have an excellent overview of what RSS is and how it works </li></ul>
    12. 12. LSE’s training portal
    13. 13. RSS from a blog RSS from a database
    14. 14. Web 2.0 library catalogues <ul><li>Features include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>User reviews and ratings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tagging of items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using loan data to make recommendations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS capability for example to generate new book lists </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All linked to overall trend to make library catalogues meet user’s expectations (largely based their use of Amazon) </li></ul>
    15. 15. Hennepin County Library
    16. 16. Aquabrowser
    17. 17. Libraries and blogging <ul><li>Libraries and librarians are starting to embrace blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly blogs used for Library news – can target specific audiences </li></ul><ul><li>LASSIE blog invaluable for reflection, comments, news </li></ul><ul><li>Requires a more informal written approach? </li></ul>
    18. 18. Madison-Jefferson County Public library blog
    19. 19. Worcester: ILS Matters
    20. 20. Libraries and social bookmarking <ul><li>Sites like del.icious allow users to share / access their bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent for resource sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Several libraries have developed their own social bookmarking tools </li></ul><ul><li>Several libraries using del.icio.us to maintain lists of internet resources </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible, portable, customisable </li></ul>
    21. 21. Stanford University
    22. 22. Libraries and social networking <ul><li>OCLC report suggested libraries didn’t have a role to play in social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Despite this relatively high usage of sites such as Facebook by librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Groups used for professional networking </li></ul><ul><li>Pages can be created by organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Many library related applications in Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>The jury is still out! </li></ul>
    23. 23. Library pages in Facebook
    24. 24. The LASSIE case studies <ul><li>These aimed to gather further evidence of what might work </li></ul><ul><li>Also offer best practice advice </li></ul><ul><li>All available on project website </li></ul><ul><li>Explored five key areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presenting reading lists to students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource sharing with students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasting for teaching information literacy skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging and libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook and libraries </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Case Study 1: Reading lists and social software <ul><li>Used social software to present reading lists to students as an alternative to paper lists and commercial reading list systems </li></ul><ul><li>A reading list for LSE external programme students was selected for inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Tested out CiteULike , H20 Playlists , Bibsonomy and LibraryThing </li></ul><ul><li>Piloted with distance learners and feedback gathered </li></ul><ul><li>Students liked online reading lists with book jackets! </li></ul>
    26. 26. CiteULike
    27. 27. LibraryThing.com
    28. 28. Case study 2: Social bookmarking <ul><li>Exploring social bookmarking as a way of creating a subject guide of internet resources for students using del.icio.us </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to create a list of resources for specific groups </li></ul><ul><li>Created a list for PGCE students at IoE which they could add resources to </li></ul><ul><li>Del.icio.us very flexible and easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Could be problematic to add library resources to this type of list </li></ul><ul><li>Highly valuable as a personal tool and easy to embed into other websites / services e.g. Facebook and Moodle </li></ul>
    29. 29. Using del.icio.us
    30. 30. Case Study 3: Podcasting <ul><li>Literature review revealed information literacy is a key challenge for distance learning librarians. </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting offers a new way of developing training materials </li></ul><ul><li>Created an online ‘ screencast ’ including powerpoint and audio on citing and referencing </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback from students gathered through a survey </li></ul><ul><li>Attracted considerable interest from other libraries </li></ul>
    31. 31. The screencast
    32. 32. Case Study 4: Blogging and libraries <ul><li>Maintained LASSIE Blog since March 2007 and now addicted to writing a blog! </li></ul><ul><li>Highly valuable for publicity, documenting progress, reflecting and getting (some) feedback </li></ul><ul><li>More readers than the departmental blog! </li></ul><ul><li>Informal posts get more responses </li></ul><ul><li>Still difficult to gauge who is reading it </li></ul><ul><li>Features such as using RSS to push content onto a website most valuable </li></ul><ul><li>Includes best practice for bloggers </li></ul>
    33. 33. The LASSIE Blog
    34. 34. Other useful web 2.0 tools <ul><li>SlideShare – share your powerpoints </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr –find images you can use under a creative commons licence </li></ul><ul><li>You Tube – liven up teaching sessions! </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader or another feed reader to keep up to date with blogs and other sites with RSS </li></ul>
    35. 35. Key lessons from LASSIE <ul><li>You can teach an old dog new tricks! </li></ul><ul><li>Social software has the potential to reach out to users in new ways </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries and librarians need to continue to experiment with emerging technologies and many are keen! </li></ul><ul><li>Way ahead not clear but social software is important and not just a passing fad </li></ul><ul><li>The wiki way and beta is good! </li></ul>
    36. 36. Questions and issues… <ul><li>Can libraries ignore web 2.0 technologies and survive? </li></ul><ul><li>Can academics / teachers ignore web 2.0 technologies? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we cope with the staff development (and other) challenges? </li></ul><ul><li>Which tools do currently use / would like to use in your work? </li></ul><ul><li>What does web 2.0 offer libraries in terms of teaching / information literacy? </li></ul>
    37. 37. 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 /

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