Web 2.0 Why Bother? BAISL Meeting Susan Geiger, Janurary 29, 2008
So what is Web 2.0?
The Read/Write Web :
In which the Web is seen as a two-way medium, where people are both readers and writers. The main catalyst for this is social software, allowing communication and collaboration between two or more people.
Introduction to Web 2.0
Blogs, Wikis, Google Docs, Podcasts, YouTube, Nings
The Web as Platform :
In which the Web is seen as a programming platform upon which developers create software applications. The main catalyst for this is Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, allowing communication between two or more software applications.
Web 2.0 is a structural shift in information flow. It is not simply about global->local or 1->many; it is about a constantly shifting, multi-directional complex flow of information with the information evolving as it flows. It is about new network structures that emerge out of global and local structures.
Librarians engage in this battle for superiority, based not on individual accomplishments, we’re far too modest for that, but rather on one’s “volume of busy”. The point of this battle is to prove that we do more and have less free time than our peers, and are thus more important. We have so much on our plates, we cannot possibly take on another thing, so we are increasingly forgiven from additional contribution by nature of our busy excellence.
--Ryan, Pam and Koufogiannakis, Denise (2007) Librarianship and the Culture of Busy. Partnership : the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research 2(1).
I contribute very little to
I mostly gather ideas
I often feel overwhelmed
My entire staff (and many of the students) are more technically adept than yours truly
Where am I ? http://flickr.com/photos/gualtierocatrame/463128886/
Librarians are foolish to argue about the death of print or whether we will have "patrons" when library resources are no longer housed inside the walls of traditional library buildings. Change is the coin of the information realm in a continual learning environment. Debbie Abilock http://www.noodletools.com/debbie/bio/
Why Should I Bother?
You have valuable experience to share
You can find great professional development resources
You will be exposed to the ideas of educators outside the school library field
Your teachers and students will benefit
Get an RSS Reader
Bloglines Google Reader
Join a NING
TeacherLibrarian Ning , Classroom 2.0
Web Based Professional Development
K-12 Online Conference
Expand your Influence
One thing leads to another
Poynter Institute--Al’s morning meeting
Professional Development Anytime Anywhere
How can students use this stuff?
Blog their research process for major assignments
Use tools like Animoto and Voicethread for preparing powerful media presentations.
Use Zoho Polls for original research
Create personal or class pages with igoogle or Pageflakes to gather tools and RSS feeds for a particular topic.
Joyce Valenza-- 21st Century Research Skills: Navigating the Shifting Information Landscape UW-Stout Infobytes Newsletter http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/blog/2007/11/joyce-valenza-21st-century-research.html
You can choose your own level of participation or Just come on in the water’s fine http://flickr.com/search/?l=deriv&q=dive+in http://flickr.com/photos/lizjones/485317348/