Walk the Techie Walk


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A full-day workshop given in Belle Vernon PA on May 1st, 2009. In addition to the formal presentation, there was a time for participants to explore and play with a variety of gadgets that they might want to have in their own libraries.

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Walk the Techie Walk

  1. 1. Using Technology to Enhance Your Services & Extend Your Reach Multi-District Workshop for Citizens & Monessen Libraries May 1st, 2009 -- Belle Vernon, PA Photo source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28438417@N08/3273899493
  2. 2. Choose a candy before going to your seat Do NOT unwrap it Leave the candy in front of you until instructed otherwise Thanks!
  3. 3.  Library 2.0/Web 2.0 (overview)  Utilizing 2.0 sites to serve library users  Improving Adult Programming with 2.0  2.0 Freebies  Gadget Petting Zoo
  4. 4. A Social, Collaborative Web where sharing and transparency are key Defined by trends and sites such as: Blogs/RSS — Wikis — Podcasts —Tagging — Flickr -- de.licio.us — Facebook — Meebo — Twitter—Blip — craigslist – eHow LibraryThing
  5. 5.  The Read/Write Web  Participatory and Social  Information consumers and contributors are often one in the same But what does this really mean?
  6. 6. http://youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g
  7. 7. Website Traffic Graph comparing myspace.com, youtube.com and flickr.com
  8. 8. Tim O’Reilly’s Concise Explanation Source: http://www.oreilly.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html
  9. 9. Virtual Applications Mash-Ups Recombinations User-Generated Apps Perpetual Beta Online Storage Online Office Suites
  10. 10. Wikis Folksonomies User- Based Tagging The Wisdom of the Crowds Bottom up Classification Schemes Photo by dotpolka Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dotpolka/7938665/
  11. 11. Term coined by Michael Casey on his blog Library Crunch (10/05) Viewed as a “disruptive idea” Requires radical trust and innovation Willingness to accept constant state of change as the new normal Not just technology – also customer service and a new way of doing business Photos by Ashley Baz source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28438417@N08/3273899493
  12. 12. K.G. Schneider’s Concise Explanation Source: Library 2.0 Cookbook at http://www.slideshare.net/tonywh/library-20-18639
  13. 13. A model for constant and purposeful change. Empowers library users through participatory, user- driven services. Seeks to improve service to current library users while Be willing to take a U-Turn also reaching out to Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73662475@N00/2431359497 potential library users. Source: Casey, Michael E. and Laura C. Savastinuk. Library 2.0: A Guide to Participatory Library Services. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2007. (page 5)
  14. 14. Sailing the 7 C’s: Connections  Communication  Collaboration  Cooperation  Change  Contribution  Community  Photo by: Wili Hybrid source:http://www.flickr.com/photos/62223880@N00/2692420732
  15. 15. What prevents a library from being transparent? Barriers. Roadblocks. Inability to change. The culture of perfect. The transparent library contains three key elements: open communication, adapting to change, and scanning the horizon. Attribution: Michael Casey & Michael Stephens -- Library Journal, 4/1/2007 Online at: http://www.libraryjournal.com/ Photo by Inversefunction Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fluxus/8864477/
  16. 16. Blogs written by library staff Twittering news updates and programs Flickr accounts showcasing events, etc. Presence on social networking sites such as Facebook RSS feeds and Comments/Tags in the Catalog Podcasts and Screencasts Wikis for reader’s advisory and subject guides Reference service by IM
  17. 17. AADL’s web site is set up as a blog Multiple staff members contribute Comments are welcome Content is current, relevant and open
  18. 18. The PPL Flickr account showcases programs, and events, acts as an archive for PR posters and so much more.
  19. 19. Librarians are creating Apps for catalog search and reference help. Libraries are setting up profiles to attract users. Librarians are using it for discussion and work within the profession.
  20. 20. RSS feeds push the library’s content to the user. Feeds not just for blogs, but for events, new books, and alerts.
  21. 21. Podcasts can highlight special events and performances or include interviews with authors, etc. Screencasts can give user friendly tours of databases and services.
  22. 22. A wiki is used by SJCPL to update their subjects guides easily and quickly.
  23. 23. Microblog quick updates and program announcements via Twitter
  24. 24. Expand How do you define programming ?
  25. 25. High Tech, Low Cost Extend your programming reach with technology: Interactive blogs and wikis Podcasting Technology Talks Video and Photo Contests Gaming Nights Student Film Festival Customized Social Network
  26. 26. Virtual Poetry Program •Recorded and published a poet per day for National Poetry Month in 2007 •Our own community and visitors from across the globe listened and commented •Attendance at the library’s monthly poetry readings went up significantly as a result •Local poets received great PR and requested we do it again in 2008 Podcasting for Free (or close to it) The Princeton Method: •Purchase USB Microphone ($32.95) •Record and edit using Audacity (free) •Host files at the Internet Archive (free) •Post podcasts on a WordPress blog (free) •Staff Time (varies greatly)
  27. 27. The Proof is in the Numbers Poetry Podcast 2007: 12,615 visits as of August 14 4,994 visits in April 2007 32 visitors per day on average since the blog went live in April 2007 31 posts total with 59 comments Poetry Podcast 2008: 5,320 visits as of August 14 359 visits on April 28 2008 (best day ever) 125 visitors per day on average during National Poetry Month 2008 35 posts total with 95 comments For more details on the PPL Poetry Podcast Blog visit: http://slideshare.net/janieh
  28. 28. Create an Interactive Adult Summer Reading Club for Free! Princeton Public Library used a wiki to capture reviews in 2006 (we now use the review feature in our online catalog). Many libraries have set up book review blogs and post reviews from members throughout the summer Steal this next idea – a video contest on YouTube!
  29. 29. Video Review Contest YouTube Channel: Free Prizes – donations may be possible, if not the cost is relatively low: Flip Video Camera $150 MP3 Players $50-$75 Benefits: Great PR Tool Interactive Encourages Creativity Promotes new Technology Fun!
  30. 30. Student Film and Video Festivals •Designed for high school and college students up to age 24 •Guidelines and call for entries posted via library web site and press release •Students submit completed films •Committee of volunteers screen and selects film •Films are viewed, often with filmmakers present, over several nights •Cost can vary from close to free to $500 or more depending on amount of PR and if prizes or t-shirts are given to participants •Susan Conlon won the VOYA MVP award for creating this program For detailed Information See: http://www.princeton.lib.nj.us/teens/media/
  31. 31. Photo Contests Not Just for Kids Examples: •reading favorite book •PPL’s “Red Bag” photo •Where is Thommy Ford? Create a set on flickr.com for free or post directly to your web site Digital cameras can be purchased for around $100 to use for contests
  32. 32. Create community, online conversations, virtual programs and promote library events and news by leveraging the power of Ning.com to create a customized FREE social networking site for your library.
  33. 33. Created and hosted by bluemountains.net   Search via tags and text for Creative Commons pictures posted to flickr  Creative Commons licensing allows you to use the photos based upon user specifications (ie: attribution, non-commercial, etc.) http://flickrcc.bluemountains.net/ FlickrCC
  34. 34. Create, Share, and Store quot;to doquot; lists for everything  from your Christmas shopping to daily task list  Lists are stored online and accessible from any computer via your account  Share your lists with others via RSS  Save for future reference – great for packing lists http://tadalist.com/ Tada List
  35. 35. Both allow you to send and share very large files  without freezing up email or taking down a network! No registration required  YouSendIt will hold the file for 30 days and send an  email to the recipient Senduit lets you determine how long the file stays  live (up to 30 days). Provides you with a download link. http://senduit.com http://yousendit.com Senduit/YouSendIt
  36. 36. Senduit
  37. 37. Senduit
  38. 38. Senduit
  39. 39. Senduit
  40. 40. Online photo editing in your browser  No program installation required  Import pictures from your PC or online  Some features require premium subscription  Integrates seamlessly with flickr  http://www.picnik.com Picnik
  41. 41. Picnik
  42. 42. Picnik
  43. 43. Picnik
  44. 44. Polling and Scheduling made easy   No need to create an account  Schedule a meeting and be assured you have the best possible date  Easy to update http://doodle.ch Doodle
  45. 45. Quickly converts files from one format to another   Eliminates need for conversion software  Convert text, image, video, and sound files (large array of file extensions available)  Conversions emailed for downloading http://www.zamzar.com Zamzar
  46. 46. No account required   Just like a hotel wake up call  Eliminate worry about missing flights, morning meetings, etc  Schedule regular reminder phone calls with a free account http://www.wakerupper.com/ Wakerupper
  47. 47. Motto: See how the experts do it   “Experts” in a variety of areas post short how-to videos  Viewers can comment and rate  Easy to share and post videos http://www.monkeysee.com/ MonkeySee
  48. 48. A great place to host videos  An alternative to YouTube  Allows large file uploads  No commercial content allowed  Respect is required  http://www.vimeo.com Vimeo
  49. 49. Gadgets! Gadgets! Gadgets! Source:http://www.flickr.com/photos/48393303@N00/291107648
  50. 50. Work email: jhermann@princetonlibrary.org Gmail: janieh@gmail.com Twitter/Flickr/Slideshare: JanieH YIM: janielianne Meebo/GTalk: JanieH Facebook: Janie Hermann in NJ Blog: librarygarden.blogspot.com Find Me!