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  • 1. 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
  • 2. 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
  • 3.
    • 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?
  • 4. Web 2.0 Applications covered
    • Blogs
    • RSS Feeds
    • Feed Readers
    • Bookmarks and Tagging
    • Aggregators
    • Social Networks
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7.  
  • 8. Engineering Resources Blogs
    • Engineering Information Blogs
    • 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
  • 9.  
  • 10. Engineering Resources Blogs
    • Engineering Design Resources
    • Biomedical Engineering
      • Finding Books, Electronic Books and Journals
      • Biomedical Properties
      • Patents and Intellectual Property
      • Ethical Issues
  • 11. Englibrary Blog
  • 12. 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
  • 13.  
  • 14. Getting RSS Feeds
    • Feed readers (RSS feed readers)
      • Collect various feeds and consolidate the information
      • Downloadable Feed Readers:
        • Google Reader,
        • Bloglines,
        • RSS Compendium:
    • 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
  • 15. Google Reader Screenshot
  • 16. Engineering Resources RSS Feeds
  • 17.  
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  • 19. 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
  • 20.  
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  • 22. Announcing Events on Blogs
  • 23. 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!
  • 24.  
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  • 26. Bookmarks and Tagging
    • Social Bookmarking services allow users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source.
      • Diigo
    • Information rich resources can be shared among engineering faculty and students.
    • Users can categorize resources using their own tagging system.
  • 27.  
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  • 29. Aggregators
    • Collect various feeds from blogs, bookmarking systems and other forms of posted material in one location
      • Friendfeed
      • Twitter
  • 30. Friendfeed
  • 31. 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
  • 32.  
  • 33. Friendfeed- Facebook
  • 34. Notes - Facebook
  • 35. Posted Items - Facebook
  • 36. 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
  • 37. 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.
  • 38. 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
  • 39. 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,
      • Smita Chandra,
      • Dana Denick,