Libraries 2.0


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Presentation for Elgin County Library's Spring Workshop 2008, on Libraries and Technology

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Libraries 2.0

  1. 1. Libraries in the Digital Age Life Beyond Google
  2. 2. Library 2.0, Embracing <ul><li>A new version of the Internet (version 2.0) is now available. Librarians are now free to abandon the old one. </li></ul><ul><li>… from “A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette”, October 29 th , 2007 </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Web Used to Be … Static Information is one-way Developer-driven One-dimensional Non-collaborative Client-server Reading Companies Home pages Lectures Advertising Services sold over the web
  4. 4. The Web is NOW… Dynamic Collaborative Personalized Social Do It Yourself Interactive Creative User-driven Writing Peer to peer Communities Blogs Conversation Word of Mouth Web services
  5. 5. Social, Collaborative: What does it look like? <ul><li>The user now contributes </li></ul><ul><li>Content comes to the user, the user no longer needs to go to the content (RSS) </li></ul><ul><li>Web applications are written by and for the user </li></ul>Out with the old… And in with the new
  6. 6. The Web is... More than Words <ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>VideoJug </li></ul><ul><li>TeacherTube </li></ul><ul><li>Rocketbook </li></ul><ul><li>TED Talks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos are taking over! YouTube is socially-driven, others are great reference tools! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social photo-sharing </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Web is …Social and Collaborative! <ul><li>Facebook and MySpace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking: connecting with “friends”, creating networks, news feeds keep us “in the loop”. </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking : sharing your favourites on the web </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LibraryThing </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social cataloguing ! Library technology becomes mainstream – organizing media is fun! </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. The Web is… “Do It Yourself” <ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow users to collaboratively create, edit, link, and organize the content of a website, usually for reference material. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalizing web content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technorati: Searching the Blogosphere </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds and readers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The user’s experience is what counts: information goes to the user, the user doesn’t have to go to the information. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tagging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>User-driven “subject headings”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A way of organizing web content. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Web is… Libraries! <ul><li>WorldCat (OCLC) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search libraries around the world </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Library of Congress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search the catalogue, and authority records online </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Amicus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Canadian “Library of Congress” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LibDex </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Index of 18,000 libraries around the world </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The Web is… Professional <ul><li>Web Junction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OCLC and the Gates Foundation bringing you free professional development on the Web! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is on Facebook? OCLC, Library of Congress, National Library of Canada, and hundreds of academic and public libraries. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library applications from Online catalogues to IM Reference </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogs! </li></ul><ul><ul><li> (Jessamyn West) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarian in Black </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stephen’s Lighthouse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Ubiquitous Librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free Range Librarian </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Sick Sense of Humour, On Having A <ul><li>Respond to every reference question with the following phrase: “Well, let me check Wikipedia…” </li></ul><ul><li>This will amuse you while alarming the library patron. Repeat as needed. </li></ul><ul><li>… from A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette </li></ul><ul><li>January 22 nd , 2008 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Issues with 2.0 <ul><li>Authority control v. tagging </li></ul><ul><li>Authoritativeness of sources – where do they come from, are they correct/valid, how do we determine validity? </li></ul><ul><li>Opinion v. fact, e.g. Blogs are editorials and don’t necessarily relate news in an objective manner </li></ul><ul><li>“ Too many hands in the pot” </li></ul>