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Building a school library 2.0


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The presentation demonstrates examples of implementing various Web 2.0 tools for the purpose of enriching library collections.

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Building a school library 2.0

  1. 1. Building a School Library 2.0 Dana Dukic West Island School Hong Kong The Hong Kong Library Association 50th Anniversary Conference 4 th and 5 th November 2008
  2. 2. Librarian looks at Web 2.0 <ul><li>Librarians use Web 2.0 tools </li></ul><ul><li>to enhance their virtual library collections </li></ul><ul><li>to communicate among themselves and with their users and </li></ul><ul><li>for their professional development </li></ul>
  3. 3. Top 10 for librarians <ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Photo and video sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual maps </li></ul><ul><li>Start pages </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul>
  4. 4. Librarians and podcasting <ul><li>Librarians as….. </li></ul><ul><li>podcast users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>use podcasts for information and professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>intermediaries - provide podcasts created by others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>search, classify and deliver podcasts created by others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>podcast creators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>promote the library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teach IL skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>support students’ podcasts </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Searching podcasts for others – Librarians’ intermediary role <ul><li>Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>searching readymade directories and searching engines </li></ul><ul><li>creating own custom searching engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rollyo – “ Roll Yo ur Own Search Engine” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Custom Search Engine </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Basic steps </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a name for your searchroll </li></ul><ul><li>Enter up to 25 Web site address </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a category in the Rollyo directory </li></ul><ul><li>Enter any number of keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Create searchroll </li></ul>How does it work with Rollyo ?
  7. 7. How does it look in Rollyo ?
  8. 8. Examples of podcasts with students <ul><li>Three examples </li></ul><ul><li>RadioPopcorn </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>School radio channel for school news, learning and entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Thunderstorm </li></ul><ul><li>Literary & topic research project </li></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental topics research </li></ul>
  9. 9. Wikis in school libraries <ul><li>School librarians use wikis for many different purposes. </li></ul><ul><li>library and information skills tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>reading lists </li></ul><ul><li>book reviews </li></ul><ul><li>professional resources </li></ul><ul><li>library associations web pages etc. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Wiki tools <ul><li>There are many wiki tools available from the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>The most popular wiki software </li></ul><ul><li>PB Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>WetPaint </li></ul><ul><li>PMWiki </li></ul><ul><li>MediaWiki </li></ul><ul><li>WikiSpaces </li></ul><ul><li>Jot Spot </li></ul>
  11. 11. Two examples of librarians’ wikis <ul><li>ALESS </li></ul><ul><li>(Association of librarians in English speaking schools in Hong Kong) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>serves as the official website of ALESS group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a collection of resources and tools for school librarians’ professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a built in web tracker shows visits from all over the world </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pyplibrary </li></ul><ul><li>(initiated by librarian in Hong Kong) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>initiated with the idea to develop reading list of picture books that support individual learner profiles in IB curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>supported by members from all over the world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wiki is regularly visited since its beginning </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Photo and video sharing Photo sharing tools Video sharing tools
  13. 13. YouTube in libraries <ul><li>YouTube is very popular with librarians. </li></ul><ul><li>They select readymade videos with tutorials and other resources to create library video collections </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians create their own videos, upload them on YouTube and use for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>library marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>library instructions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>entertainment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Lingnan University Library Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Brooklyn College Library: Borrowing Books from Other CUNY Libraries </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 14. Blogs and blogging <ul><li>Blogs can be very powerful tools in hands of librarians. </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians categorize blogs as </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>blogs from the Internet created by others </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>blogs created by librarians </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Blogs created by others <ul><li>Blogs can be useful information resource </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advantages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>up to date news </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>may contain original ideas and stimulate discussions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>interactive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Downsides </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>anyone can publish anything </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Blogs created by librarians <ul><li>Blogs are great tools for librarians </li></ul><ul><ul><li>include many great tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>appealing look </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>contents can be sorted by labels, dates.. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>allow comments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But librarians also need to have in mind that </li></ul><ul><ul><li>blogging takes time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>blog needs to be updated regularly to maintain readers’ interest and keep them coming back </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. What do librarians do with blogs ? <ul><li>provide library news and announcements </li></ul><ul><li>use as a school library homepage </li></ul><ul><li>present collections of links for specific topics </li></ul><ul><li>supply lists of new books, reading lists and book reviews </li></ul><ul><li>facilitate access to podcasts, slideshows and videos </li></ul><ul><li>provide library instructional resources </li></ul>
  18. 18. Popular blogging software <ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Edublogs </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>Blogmeister </li></ul><ul><li>LiveJournal </li></ul>
  19. 19. Book Browser – WIS Library blog social cataloguing tool
  20. 20. Virtual maps -Google Earth <ul><li>a geographic browser - a powerful tool for viewing, creating and sharing interactive files containing highly visual location-specific information. </li></ul><ul><li>these files are called KMLs (for Keyhole Markup Language) </li></ul>
  21. 21. Layers and KML files <ul><li>The Layers feature in Google Earth provides a variety of data points of geographic interest as maps, roads, terrains, and even buildings data. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Layers content is created exclusively by Google or its content partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>KML (or KMZ*) files are created by Google Earth users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>* KMZ are zipped files containing more KML files </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Searching Google Earth Resources <ul><li>KML Gallery </li></ul><ul><li>( contains examples of KMLs that organizations, communities, and users have created using both Google Earth and Google Maps) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Earth Community </li></ul><ul><li>Searching in Google advanced files with KML or KMZ extension </li></ul>
  23. 23. What can librarians do with Google Earth ? <ul><li>librarians select, process and display KLM files in support of the school curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Example </li></ul><ul><li>Google Earth Resource (WIS Library) </li></ul>
  24. 24. Google Earth Resources http:// /
  25. 25. Start pages - web remixing tools <ul><li>Startpages are personalized professional tools that are easy to edit. </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes </li></ul><ul><li>iGoogle </li></ul><ul><li>Pageflakes </li></ul><ul><li>MyYahoo </li></ul>
  26. 26. Start pages in school library <ul><li>Librarians use start pages to… </li></ul><ul><li>create a school library webpage with links to databases, catalogs, local news, curriculum links, policies, procedures, mission statement, special events, photos, book reviews…. </li></ul><ul><li>aggregate RSS feeds from news sites, blogs, podcasts, wikis and all other sites that are regularly updated </li></ul><ul><li>maintain professional pages with bookmarks, calendars, blog feeds, twitter, YouTube content, email, search engines…. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Spanish Language & Culture (WIS Library) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  27. 27. Spanish Language & Culture Resource on Netvibes
  28. 28. Virtual worlds Screen movie overview
  29. 29. Second Life <ul><li>valuable resource for teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>there is already a great number of learning objects created by SL users available for free on the web </li></ul><ul><li>here is an opportunity for librarians to add up a new collection of learning resources to their virtual libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Starting points for developing SL collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Salamander project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International School Island </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Salamander project <ul><li>a collaborative project that collects and evaluates 3D learning materials for K-12 and higher education learning institutions </li></ul><ul><li>coordinated by staff at The Center for Advanced Technology in Education at the University of Oregon </li></ul><ul><li>all resources are classified according to content area and learning engagement type </li></ul>
  31. 31. International School Island <ul><li>an Island in Second Life to support educators worldwide with an emphasis on International Schools Communities </li></ul>
  32. 32. Samples of Second Life resources Virtual hallucination room Heart Murmur Simulation Genome Island Sistine chapel Raphael’s tapestries
  33. 33. Social bookmarking tools “wisdom of the crowds” technique <ul><li>Collaborative filtering technology </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing the quantity of information by assessing its relevance and value </li></ul><ul><li>drawing on the insights and discoveries of people with similar profiles and interests </li></ul>delicious social bookmarking
  34. 34. Using furl in school library
  35. 35. Social networks <ul><li>Many library professionals have discovered that social networks are well suited as a tool for developing their own social and professional networks online. </li></ul><ul><li>Most popular ones….. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Going where patrons are <ul><li>Social networks are excellent outreach tool </li></ul><ul><li>Beth’s story ( librarian at Brooklyn College Library ) </li></ul>When Beth Evans's teenage daughter told her the only email she read was through her MySpace page, it was &quot;a light bulb moment.“ No wonder all the announcements the Brooklyn College Library had been sending students didn't seem to work! They probably weren't reading their email either.
  37. 37. Facebook as an outreach tool <ul><li>With Facebook librarians can </li></ul><ul><ul><li>create links to the OPAC and subscription databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provide a documentation on how to access library resources off-campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>advertise library collections and services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>release timely library-related news </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>embed catalog search boxes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use &quot;The Wall&quot; commenting feature to ask students to suggest books and videos for the collection </li></ul></ul>
  38. 38. West Island School Library on Facebook
  39. 39. Facebook as a multipurpose tool
  40. 40. RSS feeds – pull and push technology <ul><li>Librarians use RSS feed to </li></ul><ul><li>pull information from the Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>they subscribe to blogs, wikis, podcasts, news websites, professional websites, various periodicals, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>push information to library users about </li></ul><ul><ul><li>new books, periodicals, databases etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>new services and programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>updates on selected topics in print and electronic formats etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: Creating searching profiles by using RSS feed in databases like EBSCO and PROQUEST (built in RSS feed) </li></ul></ul>
  41. 41. Tools for mixing RSS feeds <ul><li>Any number of RSS feeds can be mixed into one unique new feed </li></ul><ul><li>Searching podcasts </li></ul>KickRSS RSS Mix
  42. 42. What next….? <ul><li>There is already a lot out there in Web 2.0 environment </li></ul><ul><li>New stuff is constantly coming out </li></ul><ul><li>It’s up to librarians to choose the tools and resources that they find useful and customize them to meet the needs of their users </li></ul>
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