How To Keep Up Without Having To Stay Up” Web 2.0 For The Solo Librarian


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Presentation to the BIALL Solos Group on the 12th of May 2009

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How To Keep Up Without Having To Stay Up” Web 2.0 For The Solo Librarian

  1. 1. “ How to keep up without having to stay up” Web 2.0 for the Solo Librarian James Mullan – Information Officer CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
  2. 2. The challenges for Solo Librarians <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Budget (Resources) </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Isolation </li></ul><ul><li>Cover </li></ul><ul><li>Learning to juggle! </li></ul>
  3. 3. The advantages <ul><li>Independence/Autonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Variety </li></ul><ul><li>Wide Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>No staff (potentially) </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Web 2.0? Weblogs Homepages Information coming to you Finding information Is about creating Was about consuming Is about communities Was about individuals Is Web-based Relied on installed software Encourages sharing Solitary Web 2.0 Web 1.0
  5. 5. What are the key concepts for Librarians? <ul><li>Web 2.0 is… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focused on content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web-based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decentralised </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-mixable </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What that really means! <ul><li>The Web 2.0 tools Law Librarians are using are Social and… </li></ul><ul><li>Provide systems for the sharing of information and services among individuals and groups… </li></ul><ul><li>…perfect for Solo librarians? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Some of the tools available… <ul><li>Twitter (Microblogging) </li></ul><ul><li>RSS/Blogs </li></ul>
  8. 8. Twitter <ul><li>A Microblogging tool </li></ul><ul><li>Made famous by celebrity users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stephen Fry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jonathan Ross </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Barack Obama </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>James Mullan </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Several ways to use Twitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searching for information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Updating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Following trends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asking questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Networking </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Tweetbeep and Twilert will email you when Tweets match your search terms </li></ul><ul><li>Hashtags are used to identify and find content </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>#Mumbai </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>#Bushfires </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>#UKSnow </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>#CreditCrunch </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. More Twitter tools! <ul><li>TweetDeck </li></ul><ul><li>Twhirl </li></ul><ul><li>Twellow </li></ul><ul><li>TweetStats </li></ul><ul><li>Twist </li></ul><ul><li>Twitterverse </li></ul><ul><li>Twitterholic </li></ul>
  12. 12. Really Simple Syndication (RSS) <ul><li>A means by which to “syndicate” content available on the Web </li></ul><ul><li>Your “radar” </li></ul>
  13. 13. The benefits of using RSS <ul><li>No need to visit websites </li></ul><ul><li>Summaries </li></ul><ul><li>Reduction in emails </li></ul><ul><li>Many media types included </li></ul><ul><li>Information becomes discreet </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to share </li></ul>
  14. 14. How you could use RSS? <ul><li>To monitor Legal and Librarianship Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>To monitor news stories and company information </li></ul><ul><li>To monitor new legal content: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legislation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal Articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know How </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. What you’ll need! <ul><li>An RSS FeedReader or Newsreader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FeedDemon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newsgator </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An RSS Feed! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Navigate to any website and look for the RSS icon </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Blogs du Jour! <ul><li>Some of the Blogs I follow: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Binary Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enquiring Minds Want to Know </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Overlord </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>House of Butter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jennie Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The BIALL Blog </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. The obstacles… <ul><li>Your IT Department </li></ul>
  18. 18. Web 2.0 for the wary… <ul><li>…what you need to think about </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Overload </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The 4P’s </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Can I ignore Web 2.0? No
  20. 20. Questions/Thoughts [email_address]