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Libraries And Social Software


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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
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    • 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):
    • 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 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:// /