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… 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…” Why Web 2.0?
Potential for more academic and research based collaborations
Web 2.0 Applications covered
What is a Blog? Why use a blog? Consists of dated entries in reverse chronological order Library blog can include news items, announcements, instructional tips, new electronic resources, etc.
Searchable by subject area
Drexel Library Blogs News from the Drexel University Libraries Announcing new career-related resources, events and advice for job hunters in the Drexel community. News, events and resources from the Drexel University Libraries relating to physics. 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 Finding Books, Electronic Books and Journals
Patents and Intellectual Property
What is RSS? RSS - Real Simple Syndication 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
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 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 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. Information rich resources can be shared among engineering faculty and students.
Users can categorize resources using their own tagging system.
Collect various feeds from blogs, bookmarking systems and other forms of posted material in one location
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
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
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? Jay Bhatt, firstname.lastname@example.org Smita Chandra, email@example.com
Dana Denick, firstname.lastname@example.org