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Libraries And Social Software: Aliss conference 2008


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Presentation for ALISS summer conference: 14th August 2008 at SOAS.

Presentation for ALISS summer conference: 14th August 2008 at SOAS.

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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 ALISS Summer Conference: 13 th August 2008, SOAS
    • 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
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    • 4. Project partners
    • 5. Project Overview
      • Literature review of libraries and social software and distance learners (draft and final version)
      • Review of web 2.0 tools and what libraries are currently doing
      • Five case studies using social software to investigate how these technologies might enhance the experience of the distance (and full time) learner?
      • Students were on UoL External Programme
      • Tried to provide real evidence about what works and what is useful
    • 6. 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
    • 7. 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
    • 8. Some more 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….
    • 9. What is Library 2.0? From Michael Habib’s Flickr site (Licensed under Creative Commons):
    • 10. 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
    • 11. 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 – lots of journals now have feeds
      • Content can be re-used elsewhere
      • The BBC have an excellent overview of what RSS is and how it works
    • 12. LSE’s training portal
    • 13. RSS from a blog RSS from a database
    • 14. 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)
    • 15. Hennepin County Library
    • 16. University of Huddersfield
    • 17.  
    • 18. Bibliocommons
    • 19. 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?
    • 20. Madison-Jefferson County Public library blog
    • 21. Worcester: ILS Matters
    • 22. The LASSIE Blog
    • 23. 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 to maintain lists of internet resources
      • Flexible, portable, customisable
    • 24. Using
    • 25. Stanford University
    • 26. 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!
    • 27. Library pages in Facebook
    • 28. 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
    • 29. CiteULike
    • 30.
    • 31. Key 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
      • The wiki way and beta is good!
    • 32. 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 us do our job better?
      • How do we cope with the challenges these new technologies present – including the staff development issues?
    • 33. Thanks for listening! Jane Secker [email_address] LASSIE blog: http:// / Bookmarked resources from the LASSIE project: