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Web 2.0 Kid Style


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Social software presentation for the Children's and Teen Committees of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 11:30a.

Tools highlighted include blogs, wikis, array of 'casting options, games, social networking and bookmarking. Application of tools will depend on goals, but most tools can be used for patrons, librarians, or both.

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Web 2.0 Kid Style

  1. 1. Web 2.0 Kid Style Social Software and Public Libraries Andrea Mercado, Reading Public Library MVLC Children & Teen Committees 5/22/2007
  2. 2. Social, Audio-Visual, Interactive <ul><li>Today’s sites are about offering connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Less about building, more about enhancing </li></ul><ul><li>Caveat: application with purpose is * key * </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider what already exists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For Chelmsford: http://www. volunteersolutions .org/mass-service/volunteer/ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Hot Options for Going Web 2.0 <ul><li>Web 2.0 ~ Human filtering = </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tagging (folksonomy) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syndication (RSS, Push Technology) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blog software as content management systems (CMS) </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking sites </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting, vidcasting, screencasting </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming </li></ul>
  4. 4. Blogs are Still “In” for Libraries <ul><li>Easier than XHTML/CSS for the non-techie </li></ul><ul><li>External blogs a viable option </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger - </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blog software as CMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plugins extend social networking and more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software install requires coordination with IT </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Blog as CMS: WordPress
  6. 6. Social Networking <ul><li>Connecting people to people to people </li></ul><ul><li>Blows the Yahoo! Group paradigm away </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible customizations for privacy & filters </li></ul><ul><li>Different “flavors” to choose from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MySpace: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook: http://www. facebook .com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WebKinz: http://www. webkinz .com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://en. wikipedia .org/ wiki /List_of_social_networking_websites </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. RPL on MySpace http://www. myspace .com/ cosmiclibrarian
  8. 8. Sharing the Visuals <ul><li>YouTube - http://www. YouTube .com : video hosting (FREE) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No age limit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flagged items ask for age confirmation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users can hide age in profile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Guidelines keep “inappropriate” content away from general public: http://www. youtube .com/t/community_guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use tag searches to zero in on content: http:// youtube .com/results?search_query=chinchillas </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Sharing Video: YouTube http:// youtube .com/watch?v= vrtYdFV _ Eak
  10. 10. Sharing the Visuals <ul><li>Flickr - http://www. flickr .com : image hosting (basic account free & robust, paid options) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No age limit but filter options exist: http:// flickr .com/help/filters/#258 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>YouTube & Flickr both offer: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syndication and web page embedding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social qualities: bookmark, favorites, sharing, blogging, grouping, playlists, comments, tagging, video responses, ratings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not much coordination with IT required </li></ul>
  11. 11. http://www. flickr .com/photos/ readingpl /
  12. 12. The Art of the ‘Cast <ul><li>*casting: syndicated content using RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Feed generator to create </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger + FeedBurner - http://www. feedburner .com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress podPress plugin - http://www. podpress .org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attaches link for file download </li></ul><ul><li>Outside hosting/application services available </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregator to “catch” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines - http://www. bloglines .com : PC play </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes - http://www. itunes .com : iPod </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Juice - http:// juicereceiver . sourceforge .net : non-iPod </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Excellent for conference, classroom, illustrative, educational audio and video content </li></ul>
  13. 13. PLA Blog occasional podcast http:// tinyurl .com/2qk6cx
  14. 14. Record &/or Use Podcasts <ul><li>“ Podcasting 101 for K–12 Librarians” by Esther Kreider Eash http://www. infotoday .com/ cilmag /apr06/ Eash . shtml </li></ul><ul><li>Education Podcast Network http:// epnweb .org/index. php </li></ul><ul><li>Just One More Book podcast http://www. justonemorebook .com </li></ul><ul><li>Storynory: Children's Audio Stories and Books For Free podcast </li></ul>
  15. 15. Wikis: Collaborative Content <ul><li>Can be private or public </li></ul><ul><li>Information power to the (or, specifically, your ) people </li></ul><ul><li>Encyclopedic knowledge, collaborative documentation creation and management </li></ul><ul><li>Various user access levels available </li></ul><ul><li>IT involvement varies </li></ul>
  16. 16. Starting a Wiki <ul><li>MediaWiki - http://www. mediawiki .org : wiki software (used by Wikipedia) installed on server, IT coordination a must </li></ul><ul><li>Externally hosted options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikispaces - http://www. wikispaces .com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PBWiki - http://www. pbwiki .com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free and pay account options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy set up </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Reading Public Library Wiki
  18. 18. Human Search Engineering <ul><li>Emailing links is so pass é </li></ul><ul><li>Easily sharable, tagable, searchable </li></ul><ul><li>Many free services to choose from </li></ul><ul><li>Mainly a feature in blog software, but can be applied to static pages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Bookmark Link Creator http://www. ifeedreaders .com/social-creator/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IT involvement varies </li></ul>
  19. 19. Social Bookmarking: Major Players <ul><li>del.ici.ous http://del. icio .us </li></ul><ul><li>digg http://www. digg .com </li></ul><ul><li>blinklist </li></ul><ul><li>LookSmart’s Furl </li></ul><ul><li>Reddit http://www. reddit .com </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo! My Web http:// myweb </li></ul><ul><li>simpy http://www. simpy .com </li></ul>
  20. 20. http://del. icio .us/ rplknowitalls
  21. 21. Gaming <ul><li>Online games provide social experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Second Life: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited to age 13-17 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As fully-featured as adult Second Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers/educators vetted then allowed in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All adults have the same last name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents can request activity logs </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Reading & Further Resources <ul><li>SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar Archive: Podcasting, wikis, and so much more http://www. sirsidynixinstitute .com/archive. php </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Terrible Twos: Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and More” by Greg R. Notess http:// tinyurl .com/2hue2y </li></ul><ul><li>Making Sense of Social Software in the Library http:// tinyurl .com/yuoqc5 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Web 2.0 and Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software” by Michael Stephens http:// tinyurl .com/ manhb </li></ul>
  23. 23. Reading & Further Resources <ul><li>Stay Safe Online - An Educator, Parent, and Guardian’s Guide: How to Teach Young People Safe Online Practices http:// tinyurl .com/2addj9 </li></ul><ul><li>c|net News - Keeping kids safe on social sites http:// tinyurl .com/2goenj </li></ul><ul><li>FTC - Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens http:// tinyurl .com/2z9got </li></ul>
  24. 24. Contact Information <ul><li>Andrea Mercado </li></ul><ul><li>Reference & Techie Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Public Library, Reading, MA </li></ul><ul><li>781-944-0840 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>See also: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> andreamercado </li></ul></ul>