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    • Using Web 2.0 Applications as Information Awareness Tools Jay Bhatt and Dana Denick – Hagerty Library, Drexel University Smita Chandra – Indian Institute of Geomagnetism Presentation for: International Conference of Asian Special Libraries Shaping the future of special libraries: beyond boundaries November 27 th , 2008
    • Why Web 2.0?
      • New research initiatives being developed in institutions, universities and organizations
        • Drexel and IIG are no exception
        • Multidisciplinary Fields: Nanotechnology, Plasma Medicine, Engineering Cities, etc…
        • More research being done
        • New and innovative ways of reaching out to researchers need further exploration
      • Need for increased information awareness of new resources and tools
      • Web 2.0 tools are effective ways to share, generate and distribute knowledge among researchers – shared communication
      • Stephen Abrams thinks that Web 2.0 is “about a much higher level of interactivity and deeper user experiences…”
      • Potential for more academic and research based collaborations
      Why Web 2.0?
    • Web 2.0 Applications covered
      • Blogs
      • RSS Feeds
      • Feed Readers
      • Bookmarks and Tagging
      • Aggregators
      • Social Networks
    • What is a Blog? Why use a blog?
      • Consists of dated entries in reverse chronological order
      • Frequently updated
      • Library blog can include news items, announcements, instructional tips, new electronic resources, etc.
      • Searchable by subject area
    • Drexel Library Blogs
      • Library Log
        • News from the Drexel University Libraries
      • Careers Collections Blog
        • Announcing new career-related resources, events and advice for job hunters in the Drexel community.
      • Drexel Physics
        • News, events and resources from the Drexel University Libraries relating to physics.
      • ischoolResearch
        • News and tips from the Drexel University Libraries relating to the iSchool.
      • Drexel Emerging Technologies
        • What’s new and interesting for Drexel University Libraries Staff
      • Print is Dead – E-Resources blog
        • Primarily for Drexel University Libraries staff, designed to keep readers abreast of developments in electronic resources
    • Engineering Resources Blogs
      • Engineering Information Blogs
        • http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/englibrary/
        • http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/engineeringlibraryinstruction/
      • Announcement of new resources, instructional tips for using a particular database or a resource, new and important web resources and more.
      • Archive of information added over a period of time
      • Emphasis on resources for CoE and Biomedical Engineering – mainly subscription based
    • Engineering Resources Blogs
      • Engineering Design Resources
      • Biomedical Engineering
        • Finding Books, Electronic Books and Journals
        • Biomedical Properties
        • Patents and Intellectual Property
        • Ethical Issues
    • Englibrary Blog
    • What is RSS?
      • RSS - Real Simple Syndication
        • Brings contents to you
        • Content available as new feeds
      • XML based (eXtensible Markup Language)
        • For content distribution called feeds
      • Aggregators – contains compilation of feeds
        • Collect feeds and display them in easy to read format
        • More later during the talk
        • See also: Using RSS to increase user awareness of e-resources in academic libraries
      • http://www.higheredblogcon.com/index.php/using-rss-to-increase-user-awareness-of-e-resources-in-academic-libraries/
    • Getting RSS Feeds
      • Feed readers (RSS feed readers)
        • Collect various feeds and consolidate the information
        • Downloadable Feed Readers:
          • Google Reader, http://www.google.com/reader
          • Bloglines, http://www.bloglines.com
          • RSS Compendium: http://allrss.com/rssreaders.html
      • Many blogs have built in RSS feeds.
        • RSS feeds are identified by ‘XML’ or ‘RSS’ icons
        • Just add the URL associated with the icons to your feed reader
    • Google Reader Screenshot
    • Engineering Resources RSS Feeds
    • Electronic Journal Feeds
      • Integrating feeds from journals and journal articles
        • Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Materials
        • Institute of Physics
        • Science Online
        • IEEE Computer Society
        • Royal Society of Chemistry
        • University of Chicago Press Journals
        • Many more to come including ScienceDirect
    • Announcing Events on Blogs
    • Collaboration with Faculty & Students
      • Identify faculty and students working on blogs
        • Drexel CoAS E-Learning Blog
        • Drexel Smart House Blog
        • Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Blog
        • One more opportunity to work together!
    • Bookmarks and Tagging
      • Social Bookmarking services allow users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source.
        • Del.icio.us
        • Diigo
      • Information rich resources can be shared among engineering faculty and students.
      • Users can categorize resources using their own tagging system.
    • Aggregators
      • Collect various feeds from blogs, bookmarking systems and other forms of posted material in one location
        • Friendfeed
        • Twitter
    • Friendfeed
    • Social Networks
      • Students in academic environments use social networks to connect with their friends and colleagues.
      • A Librarian’s presence on a students’ social tool will increase the visibility of library resources: Information Awareness
      • Social Networks:
        • Facebook
        • Myspace
        • Orkut
    • Friendfeed- Facebook
    • Notes - Facebook
    • Posted Items - Facebook
    • Indian Scenario
      • Characteristics of Internet users
      • Approximately 40 million and growing
      • Mostly college students or below 35 yrs
      • General dissatisfaction about library services and infrastructure
      • Web 2.0 tools offer and an opportunity
    • Adding Value
      • setting up blogs, instant messaging, wikis
      • using Facebook, RSS feeds and widgets
      • offering more spaces within library for podcasts, vodcasts or any new technological product for the web
      • opting for more personalization tools and rating options
      • customizing curriculum resource pages,
      • offering Web 2.0 classes for the public on blogging, etc.
    • Vision
      • More and more electronic journals will develop RSS feeds
      • Increased use of applications such as Facebook with imported Feeds
      • More collaboration among students, researchers, faculty members and librarians
      • More outreach necessary
    • Thank You!
      • Thank you very much and have fun using Web 2.0 Applications.
      • Please send us your feedback.
      • Interested in creating and developing a collaboration?
      • Contact us anytime at:
        • Jay Bhatt, bhattjj@drexel.edu
        • Smita Chandra, smtcd79@gmail.com
        • Dana Denick, dld58@drexel.edu