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HU Libraries Wikis / Blog Talk 2008


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HU Libraries Wikis / Blog Talk 2008

  1. 1. Wikis, Blogs & RSS UNpacked Using Social Networking to Harness & Publish on the Web Web 2.0 Information & Discovery Session Alliah Humber, HUL
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Overview > Web 2.0 / Lib 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Applying tools to HUL framework </li></ul>
  3. 3. Workshop Goals <ul><li>To familiarize HUL staff with pertinent Web 2.0 (social networking) concepts and platforms </li></ul><ul><li>To enable HUL staff to set-up an account with a social networking service; e.g. blog, wiki, book marking, </li></ul><ul><li>To provide hands-on practice with RSS Readers via subscribing to relevant news Web sites </li></ul>
  4. 4. Workshop Objectives: A t the completion of the workshop students will be able to: <ul><li>Effectively use social networking sites to publish information for our users </li></ul><ul><li>Use information management tools such as RSS Readers to keep abreast of new information and maintain resources </li></ul><ul><li>Behold basic understanding of social networking concepts in preparation of grasping current trends in the profession via CiL2008 </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is Web 2.0 > a recap Part I
  6. 6. So What is the Web 2.0 <ul><li>Term coined by Tim O’Reilly </li></ul><ul><li>Second generation Internet-based services </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages the sharing of information and collaborative activity among individuals for community building /collective intelligence </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is Web 2.0 <ul><li>Alan Moore, creative business and brand strategist, has a nice definition of Web 2.0… </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 is about… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bringing people, community and business together to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-Create value and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer production </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What does Web 2.0 look like
  9. 9. Web 2.0 and Writing <ul><li>Internet Pioneer Vinton Cerf places it all in context … </li></ul>
  10. 10. Wiki Part II
  11. 11. What are wikis? <ul><li>Allows users to create and edit web content </li></ul><ul><li>Supports hyperlinks and simple text syntax for creating new pages </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to search between internal pages </li></ul><ul><li>Allows open-editing and collaboration between subscribed users </li></ul>
  12. 12. Creating wikis <ul><li>Software: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mediawiki free software originally written for Wikipedia (app & content resides on your server) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pbwiki free software <> (does not require server space) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need Content </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to learn a new technology </li></ul><ul><li>Need a community of participants </li></ul>
  13. 13. Wiki benefits <ul><li>Reduce redundancy of resources </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages interlinking of concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Allows multiple edits of the same content </li></ul><ul><li>Searchable </li></ul><ul><li>Able to measure use </li></ul><ul><li>Able to make timely updates </li></ul>
  14. 14. Biz wiki
  15. 15. brownfinding wiki
  16. 16. Laurier Library Intranet Wiki
  17. 17. Stanford University Wiki
  18. 18. Blogs Part III
  19. 19. What is a Blog <ul><li>According to Wikipedia… </li></ul><ul><li>“ A blog is a user-generated website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order.“ </li></ul><ul><li><> </li></ul>
  20. 20. Blog Features <ul><li>Dated entries </li></ul><ul><li>Mission or goal statement </li></ul><ul><li>Posts (written and visual content) </li></ul><ul><li>Categories for posts </li></ul><ul><li>Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Lists of other blogs the author(s) reads </li></ul><ul><li>Navigational links </li></ul><ul><li>Contact info </li></ul>
  21. 21. Blogging Requirements <ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><li>Movable Type, Blogger, TypePad, Word Press, … </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Something to say </li></ul>
  22. 22. Tips to Maintain a Blog <ul><li>Blog in small chunks </li></ul><ul><li>Blog the way you talk </li></ul><ul><li>Get an Aggregator / RSS Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule your Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Take note of your Blog ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Use Blog tools for effective Blogging </li></ul>
  23. 23. Benefits of a Research Blog <ul><li>Participate in the dialog </li></ul><ul><li>! Faculty > form of publishing, soft peer-review </li></ul><ul><li>! Students > Demonstrate to your professor(s) and potential summer employers your: </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge/understanding of a topic </li></ul><ul><li>Research processes, </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive thinking </li></ul>
  24. 24. Arizona State University Libraries
  25. 25. Johns Hopkins University Libraries
  26. 26. Kansas State Libraries: Talking in the Library
  27. 27. Louisiana State HS Library Ask Sassy Systems (internal blog)
  28. 28. Temple University Library News
  29. 29. RSS Part IV
  30. 30. What is RSS <ul><li>Rich Site Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic Web Browsing </li></ul>
  31. 31. RSS <ul><li>Simple XML encoded information and news items from Weblogs or news sites </li></ul><ul><li>Syndicated content includes such data as news feeds, events listings, news stories, headlines, project updates, excerpts from discussion forums or even corporate information. </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregators read the “feeds” and provide current awareness delivered to one location </li></ul>
  32. 32. RSS <ul><li>How does it work? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every time a site is updated with new content a “feed” (simple XML encoded information) from that site is sent to an Aggregator / RSS Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is an Aggregator or RSS Reader? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software that hold the “feeds” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provides current awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS are delivered to one location </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. What to Look for: XML Syndicate this Site
  34. 34. What is an Aggregator / RSS Reader <ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Client based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Server based </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Different aggregators that do basically the same thing </li></ul><ul><li>Saves time </li></ul><ul><li>Content is syndicated into one place </li></ul>
  35. 35. RSS Reader > Bloglines
  36. 36. RSS Readers <ul><li>My Yahoo <> </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader <> </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines <> </li></ul>
  37. 37. Database tools & services <ul><li>Alerts – allow you to centralize resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage subscriptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notifications of new search results based on initial search summary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Email notifications of new results / new information based on a search inquiry saved by the user (you) is sent via email. </li></ul><ul><li>Or, an email notification is sent to your RSS Reader (e.g. Google Reader) when a new issue of a journal , you chose is available. </li></ul>
  38. 38. EBSCO Alert Service (journal alert) <ul><li>Click on link and add to Reader </li></ul>
  39. 39. EBSCO Alert Service (journal alert) <ul><li>Copy and paste URL into Reader </li></ul>
  40. 40. ProQuest RSS (subject alert)
  41. 41. ProQuest RSS (subject alert) <ul><li>Click on XML-icon for desired subcategory and select Reader to receive feeds </li></ul>
  42. 42. EBSCOhost (e.g. journal alert in Reader)
  43. 43. Project Muse (journal alert in Reader)
  44. 44. ScienceDirect Services <ul><li>Create an account in SD to manage and create a personalized setting for better utilization of the database and management of resources </li></ul><ul><li>SD Alert Services (all via email): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volume/Issue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citation </li></ul></ul>
  45. 45. Other Social Networking Tools Part IV
  46. 46. WorldCat (create an account for better bibliographic management) <ul><li>“ Build and maintain public and private lists of books, videos and other items owned by libraries” within WorldCat </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking potential – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tag and share found resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Export links to resources in your new or existing bookmark account. </li></ul></ul>
  47. 47. World Cat
  48. 48. (an online bookmaking, categorization, social networking tool) <ul><li> </li></ul>
  49. 49. Zotero (a free bibliographic research tool) <ul><li>Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] “a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the web browser itself. “ </li></ul>
  50. 50. Blogging while Black > Christopher Rabb <ul><li>“ [A] blog’s endemic power comes not from its ability to generate revenues, but is derived from the will and capacity of its readers to coalesce around the sharing, mobilization and analysis of issues the more entrenched institutions do not address. Namely, the issues that have an overwhelming impact on the Black community.” </li></ul>
  51. 51. Let’s try to… <ul><li>Set-up a Reader Account </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to a journal from a database </li></ul><ul><li>Create an Alert based on search summary </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to a major online news source </li></ul>
  52. 52. Questions? Comments? [email_address]