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Slamming The Boards Wnylrc

  1. 1. Slamming the Boards WNYLRC Lunchtime Learning Webinar December 4, 2009 Bill Pardue Arlington Heights Memorial Library [email_address]
  2. 2. What are boards and why should I slam them? <ul><li>Boards = “Answer Boards” = Online Q&A sites where users post questions and hope that other members of the public will provide answers. </li></ul><ul><li>May include voting for “best answers” </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps some of these questions could be better answered by librarians? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Slamming <ul><li>Visiting answer boards and giving answers </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting the fact that a librarian answered the question </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a link to help users find their own libraries, VR services, etc. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How did it come about <ul><li>Conversation at 2007 Collaborative VR Conference in Denver </li></ul><ul><li>Chose 9/10/2007 as a start date </li></ul><ul><li>Decided to send out monthly reminders to participate on the 10 th of each month. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Support Site <ul><li>http://answerboards.wetpaint.com </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the “Slam the Boards” link on the left. </li></ul><ul><li>Register as a participant, start a discussion, etc. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Challenges <ul><li>Finding suitable questions to answer </li></ul><ul><li>Deciding what boards to frequent </li></ul><ul><li>Finding the time to do it! </li></ul><ul><li>Accepting that you’re helping raise awareness of librarianship in general, probably not helping your specific patrons. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Who’s doing/done it? <ul><li>Librarians in US, UK, Australia... </li></ul><ul><li>Entire Enquire (UK) service </li></ul><ul><li>http://answerboards.wetpaint.com/page/Participating+Librarians </li></ul>
  8. 8. How do I participate? <ul><li>Rule #1—Just do it! </li></ul><ul><li>Add your name to the participating librarians’ list if you’re interested. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to set aside a little time to pick up a few questions. </li></ul><ul><li>No one’s tracking you or keeping count. No pressure! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Participating, cont’d <ul><li>If you can’t make it on the 10 th , pick any time that works. </li></ul><ul><li>If you can do it more often, even better! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Strategies <ul><li>Look in categories in which you have some expertise, geography-specific, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider setting up alerts, RSS feeds, etc. (varies based on the boards you watch) </li></ul><ul><li>Use a footer/signature you can paste into your replies so you can promote quickly & easily. Keep it in a text file on your desktop. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Don’t limit yourself <ul><li>Doesn’t just have to be Yahoo, Askville, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for local discussion boards, newspaper comment threads, etc., anywhere that might be a place you can provide answers. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Lets look at some boards! <ul><li>http:// answerboards.wetpaint.com/page/Registry+of+Answer+Boards </li></ul>

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