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TWU Librarian Greg Hardin, was a presenter for the session, The Social Web: Why It Matters to Librarians with Lilly Ramin, University of North Texas Librarian and Virtual Reference Coordinator, and Shaun Seibel, Library Specialist & web designer for the UNT Discovery Park Library.

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Socialweb

  1. 1. The Social Web: Why it Matters to Librarians Greg Hardin (TWU libraries) Lilly Ramin (UNT, Willis Library) Shaun Seibel (UNT, Discovery Park Library) Presentation for TechNet Conference (5-7-09)
  2. 2. Web 2.0 blah • When people think of Web 2.0, they think social (networks). It is you on the web! How you interact with new and existing applications. • “The Social Web” is about identity, reputation, presence, relationships, groups, conversations, and sharing (From Shaun Connolly blog: http://connollyshaun.blogspot.com/2008/05/7-key- attributes-of-social-web.html)
  3. 3. RSS in Plain English http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU
  4. 4. Types of Information RSS Can Bring to You • News Headlines • Web 2.0 • News Search Results – Blogs – Blog Search Results • Organizational News & – Delicious Updates – Flickr Groups • Clinical Guidelines – Wikis • Grant Opportunities – Youtube • Journal Table of Contents – more … • Web Searches
  5. 5. Examples of RSS Feeds: NIH Grants
  6. 6. Examples of RSS Feeds: Blogs
  7. 7. Examples of RSS Feeds: Ebscohost Search
  8. 8. Examples of RSS Feeds: Table of Contents
  9. 9. Google Reader • http://www.google.com/reader
  10. 10. RSS Feed: Subscribing • 1. Find a feed. • 2. Find the RSS link . • 3. Copy the URL or link. • 4. Go to Google Reader. • 5. Click on Add Subscription. • 6. Paste in the link. • 7. Organize the new feed into your folders or subject structure.
  11. 11. Subscribing • Some pages offer buttons you can just click on to add a feed. • This allows you to skip steps 2-6!
  12. 12. Step 1 (Find Webpage) • Google News Search
  13. 13. Step 2 (Find RSS Link)
  14. 14. Step 3 (Copy Link) or
  15. 15. Step 4 (Sort Feed) The feed might look like this Manage subscriptions allow you to group feeds
  16. 16. Step 5 (Sort Feed) • Choose a topic folder or create a new folder. • TIP: When you view a folder, you see the newest items for the topic all integrated together.
  17. 17. ticTOCs http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/
  18. 18. Helvetireader http://helvetireader.com/
  19. 19. Other Neat Things to Do With RSS • Feed from social bookmarking sites like http://delicious.com • Wikis • RefWorks – RSS • ticTOCS - http://www.tictocs.ac.uk • Helvetireader - http://helvetireader.com/ – Firefox greasemonkey userscript • TWU Libraries’ journal alerting service page: http://www.twu.edu/library/alerting-service.asp
  20. 20. Twitter http://vimeo.com/757146
  21. 21. Twitter Ways librarians may use Twitter • Twitter reference • Customer service & outreach • Broadcast your announcements, news & events • Ask for feedback • Broaden your network & reach users • Locate locals • Know it first
  22. 22. Twitter Reference Ex. http://twitter.com/ESClibrary
  23. 23. Twitter Feeds http://rsstotwitter.com/
  24. 24. Twitter • Considering Twitter as part of your library’s service? Some best practices to consider: – Profiles – Standards – Consistency – Service – Staffing – Evaluation
  25. 25. Wikis • Used in academia and libraries for projects • Collaborate with colleagues by sharing files: PDFs, Word Documents, JPEG images, etc. • Most wikis can be made private or public • Library success: Best practices wiki: • http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Main_Page • Pbwiki/PBWorks e-portfolio is an UNT project Ex: http://porfoliotemplate.pbworks.com/
  26. 26. • PBworks example at UNT: Sidebar e-portfolio page definitions
  27. 27. PBwiki e-portfolio: Student example 1. Posted on Blackboard 2. Shared link to her e- portfolio which served as a great example for students 3. Librarian received reference question about PowerPoint , so she pushed UNT Tech Skills tutorial: http://www.library.unt.ed u/library-instruction/news- events/tech-skills- workshop-power-point- 2007/ Building trust with students so they ask you anything
  28. 28. Many wiki platforms • PBworks (The wiki formally known as PBwiki ) • Mediawiki a. Good example: http://www.library.ohiou.edu/subjects/bizwiki/index.ph p/Main_Page b. Requirements include: Coding knowledge and server space c. See Wikipedia • Wikidot a. Add widgets b. no advertisements on free account c. User-friendly • Compare many more wikis: http://www.wikimatrix.org/ http://ask-academic.wikidot.com/meebo-widget
  29. 29. Facebook: library tools Ex. Penn State Catalog search application For more applications: 1. Go to facebook 2. Search for library _ 3. Click on application tab 4. Funny and practical results For custom applications, need the “developer key” See: http://developers.facebook.com/
  30. 30. Facebook for marketing and outreach UNT Library examples: “Club Willis” (created by students) “Denton Reads” “Facebook Live!” “Librarians On Location” / “Librarians Squared” Discovery Park, and RIS pages. Denton Reads: One book one community project events advertised, discussion Librarians on Location (TWU & UNT board enabled, and events photos librarians met on campus, outside libraries
  31. 31. Facebook: library oriented groups .
  32. 32. Facebook tips for librarians Faculty and librarians Students  Some students don’t want to be your  Keep dialogue with patrons or friends/fans get over it students professional  Let students come to you = no stalking If your account is both professional for friends and personal; keep audience in mind Advertise events and groups  Don’t pressure people. 1. Supplements other marketing efforts Be consistent with your “friending” 2. Utilize features (ex. event pictures) practices (some patrons or colleagues 3. Best practices (ETG group task) but not others? ) 
  33. 33. Flickr, the Nudist in Your Library • Market Your Library Events • Book displays • Promote Services/Collections • Connect users • Create community • Virtual tour • Marketing/outreach • Wayfinding Map • Expanding Instruction • Storytelling
  34. 34. Events & Digital Collections Thomas Memorial The Library of Congress Book Sale Visual Collection
  35. 35. Storytelling & Displays Bret Arnett’s The Mosquito Shawnee Public Oct Displays
  36. 36. Tools & Features • Flickr Uploadr • Email • Flickr Toys • Annotations • Tagging • http://www.flickr.com/tools/ • Flickr widget
  37. 37. Make your Library delicious • “Best of Sites” • Site Sharing • Collection Development • Subject Guides • Manage online resources • Project/idea lists
  38. 38. Delicious Subject Guides http://www.swissarmylibrarian.net/2007/07/28/library-subject-guides-using-delicious
  39. 39. Virtual Delicious
  40. 40. Tools and Features • http://delicious.com/help/tools • http://delicious.com/help/thirdpartytools
  41. 41. Blogs TWU Libraries Blog (Blogger) Beta Phi Mu Blog (Vox) Features: Features: Flexible templates Flickr uploads Well known platform Snap (page preview) Turn comments off/on Turn comments off/on RSS RSS
  42. 42. Other social tools • Tinychat (cool way to create a chat room in seconds—good for patrons and meetings) • LibraryThing • Friend Feed • YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/ucberkeley) • Itunes (https://itunes.unt.edu/) Many more…
  43. 43. How do you use the social web? Discuss…
  44. 44. Thanks for attending our presentation! ********************************* Questions/Comments? Please contact us! Greg Hardin Lilly Ramin Shaun Seibel Texas Woman’s University of North Texas University of North University Lilly.Ramin@unt.edu Texas ghardin@twu.edu Flickr, Meebo, Twitter: Shaun.Seibel@unt.edu lillylibrarian

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