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