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Social Software and the Day School Librarian

  1. 1. Social Software and The Day School Librarian A Brief introduction to Blogs, Wikis, RSS and other web 2.0 stuff Karen Ulric, School Media Specialist [email_address] Bernard J. Meislin Memorial Library Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex & Union, Upper School West Orange, NJ 2007
  2. 2. What is this web2.0 anyway? <ul><li>The read/write web </li></ul><ul><li>User-focused and user-driven </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 is a concept, not a defined set of applications </li></ul><ul><li>What web 2.0 promises is interaction and engagement </li></ul><ul><li>New ways of communicating professionally and personally </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why bother with Web 2.0? <ul><li>Creative writing assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Student ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Wider audience than the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Meet students in their world to engage them </li></ul><ul><li>Professional enrichment – reading and contributing to relevant blogs and wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish Day Schools have unique needs – these tools can help us fill them! </li></ul>
  4. 4. The “Millennial Generation” are DIGITAL NATIVES We are DIGITAL IMMIGRANTS Lee Rainie, Pew Internet & American Life Project
  5. 5. Some of the most popular Web 2.0 applications <ul><li>Blogs/RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Audio/visual sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks (myspace, facebook,etc.) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Blogs (Write One!) <ul><li>Create a blog! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library news, Book Reviews – add a link from your library webpage, or use a blog as the library webpage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Popular blog hosts: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>General: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> (now part of Google) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Educational: Designed for Schools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BlogMeister </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ePals (more than blogs – classroom to classroom sharing, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gaggle (secure email, blogs) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>imbee for Teachers and Schools (secure Social network , email, blogs) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples of library blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nothfield Mount Herman Library Blog / </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Library of Congress Blog </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gargoyles Loose in the Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs can incorporate audio (podcasts) and video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Book of Life </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Blogs (Read them!) <ul><li>Read blogs! Great for professional development! </li></ul><ul><li>Blog Readers let you keep up with multiple blogs in one place </li></ul><ul><li>Blog Readers use RSS (real simple syndication) to create a “feed” that you can subscribe to </li></ul><ul><li>Popular Blog Readers </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What I Read - My Blogroll <ul><li>Education technology Link to Ed-Tech Blogroll </li></ul><ul><li>2 Cents Worth </li></ul><ul><li>Alice in InfoLand </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Blue Skunk Blog </li></ul><ul><li>eHub </li></ul><ul><li>Free Range Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>From the Trenches of Public Ed. </li></ul><ul><li>Giveaway of the Day </li></ul><ul><li>Joyce Valenza's NeverEndingSearch </li></ul><ul><li>Information Wants To Be Free </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish School Libraries </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> comments </li></ul><ul><li>LibrarianInBlack </li></ul><ul><li>Library Stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Mark's edtechblog </li></ul><ul><li>NYT > Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Search Engine Watch </li></ul><ul><li>Talking Out Loud </li></ul><ul><li>Techcrunch </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for the TEKS Updates </li></ul><ul><li>Ubiquitous Thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Weblogg-ed </li></ul><ul><li>The Websearch Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Library Link to Library Blogroll </li></ul><ul><li>AssortedStuff </li></ul><ul><li>Gargoyles loose in the library </li></ul><ul><li>Google Librarian Central </li></ul><ul><li>Google Librarian Newsletter Google Group </li></ul><ul><li>HigherEd BlogCon </li></ul><ul><li>Infosearcher </li></ul><ul><li>Killin' time being lazy </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians' Internet Index: New This Week </li></ul><ul><li>Library Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Library of Congress Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Library of Congress: News </li></ul><ul><li>Library Stuff </li></ul><ul><li>The Liminal Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>The Plagiarism Blog </li></ul><ul><li>The Shifted Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Literature Link to Literature Blogroll </li></ul><ul><li>A Fuse #8 Production </li></ul><ul><li>Brave & Brass Book Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Brooklyn Arden </li></ul><ul><li>educating alice </li></ul><ul><li>Hennepin County Library - Bookspace Blog </li></ul><ul><li>The Longstockings </li></ul><ul><li>Muller In the Middle </li></ul><ul><li>NPR Topics: Books </li></ul><ul><li>NYT Book Review </li></ul><ul><li>wayfarers all </li></ul><ul><li>Ypulse </li></ul><ul><li>Religion Link to Religion Blogroll </li></ul><ul><li>Mayim Rabim </li></ul><ul><li>Rabbi without a cause </li></ul><ul><li>Renegade Rebbetzin </li></ul>
  9. 9. Wikis <ul><li>Community driven websites where multiple people can edit the information in real time </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis can be open to the public or limited as the creator desires. </li></ul><ul><li>Uses include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pathfinder & subject guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry/ Career specific collections of information and/or best practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group projects </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Wiki Examples <ul><li>Pathfinder/Subject Guides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SSDS Holocaust Research Guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SJCPL Subject Guides </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Industry/Career Specific </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jewish School Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Wiki Examples cont. <ul><li>Group Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Documents is a very simple way to do a group document. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Social Networking <ul><li>Purely social sites are often not appropriate for schools – ie myspace, although many libraries are creating pages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brooklyn College Library Myspace page </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But many sites for sharing information can be useful </li></ul><ul><ul><li> (photos) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> (video) search “schechtervision” </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. In Conclusion! <ul><li>The tools are cool, but they are not an end in themselves </li></ul><ul><li>It is most important to determine what you want to accomplish – and then decide if these tools are appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Effective use of technology requires major pedagogical shifts </li></ul><ul><li>Have fun – the more you know the better you can lead your library, your school, and your community! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Interesting articles, blogposts & resources <ul><li>Wesley Fryer: Moving at the Speed of Creativity. Let’s ask teachers to rethink assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 Meets Information literacy! </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Librarian Ning : a community for teacher-librarians and other educators </li></ul><ul><li>Which Wiki is right for you? Shonda Briscoe, SLJ 5/1/2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Digital Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership for 21 st Century Skills </li></ul><ul><li>21 st Century Skills for Strengthening your school library program. Pam Berger, Infosearcher </li></ul><ul><li>The question IS the answer: Creating research projects for an age of information. James Mckenzie </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>Coming of Age: an introduction to the NEW world wide web. Terry Freedman (ed.) </li></ul><ul><li>TRAILS: Tools for real-time assessment of information literacy skills </li></ul><ul><li>Using Blogs as a Novel Approach to Engage Students. Learning Now - Andy Carvin , </li></ul><ul><li>Pew Quiz: What’s Your Technology Temperature? Part of the Pew Internet & American Life Project </li></ul>