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  • 1. Libraries and social software: an overview Dr Jane Secker Centre for Learning Technology London School of Economics and Political Science Web 2.0 and Information Literacy: 12 th June 2008 Yorkshire Universities Information Skills Group
  • 2. Outline of talk
    • 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 for today….
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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….
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. LSE’s training portal
  • 11. RSS from a blog RSS from a database
  • 12. 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)
  • 13. Hennepin County Library
  • 14. 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?
  • 15. Madison-Jefferson County Public library blog
  • 16. Worcester: ILS Matters
  • 17. 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
  • 18. Stanford University
  • 19. 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!
  • 20. Library pages in Facebook
  • 21. Questions and issues for today
    • Can we ignore web 2.0 technologies and survive?
    • How do we cope with the staff development challenges?
    • Which tools do you think you might use?
    • What does web 2.0 offer information literacy?
  • 22. 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 /