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    1. 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. 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. 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>
    5. 5. 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>
    6. 6. 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>
    7. 7. What is Library 2.0? From Michael Habib’s Flickr site (Licensed under Creative Commons):
    8. 8. 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>
    9. 9. 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>
    10. 10. LSE’s training portal
    11. 11. RSS from a blog RSS from a database
    12. 12. 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>
    13. 13. Hennepin County Library
    14. 14. 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>
    15. 15. Madison-Jefferson County Public library blog
    16. 16. Worcester: ILS Matters
    17. 17. 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 to maintain lists of internet resources </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible, portable, customisable </li></ul>
    18. 18. Stanford University
    19. 19. 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>
    20. 20. Library pages in Facebook
    21. 21. Questions and issues for today <ul><li>Can we ignore web 2.0 technologies and survive? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we cope with the staff development challenges? </li></ul><ul><li>Which tools do you think you might use? </li></ul><ul><li>What does web 2.0 offer information literacy? </li></ul>
    22. 22. Jane Secker [email_address] Further reading Godwin, P and Parker, J. (2008) Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0. Facet Publishing. LASSIE blog: http:// /