Drexel Elearning(Final)

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Using Web 2.0 Applications as Information Awareness Tools

The past few years have seen several new technological initiatives at Drexel University in interdisciplinary fields such as Nanomedicine, Engineering Cities, Drug Delivery, Plasma Medicine, Nanoscale Science and Technology, Microfluidics, and Bionanotechnology. These technological initiatives require faculty and students to work together in groups in a collaborative fashion. This has motivated librarians to experiment with new ways of reaching out to faculty and students. Drexel's emphasis on team based engineering design projects requires students to develop critical understanding of engineering subject areas. Developing awareness about the core electronic resources such as IEEE Xplore, Knovel, Web of Knowledge, Science Direct and Engineering Village is crucial in successfully undergoing research and completing assignments in their classes.

This presentation outlines innovative experiments using web 2.0 applications to increase information among faculty and students. Several web 2.0 tools such as Facebook, Friendfeed, Del.icio.us, Google Reader, Wikis, and blogs will be covered. Having engineering librarian's presence on Facebook is useful since many of the students are heavy Facebook users. Drexel's student Organizations such as IEEE and ASME are also on Facebook. Moreover, Drexel University's College of Engineering has recently launched its Facebook page where activities celebrating National Engineering Week have been quickly promoted among student. Drexel Engineering Information Awareness Campaign Group is a librarian-created Facebook group aimed at increasing awareness of new and existing resources among faculty and students. Feeds from Google Reader can be made automatically available on Facebook pages. For this to happen, a user needs to become ‘a friend’ with the engineering librarian on Facebook.

As faculty and students become more aware of new and existing information tools, the information skills learned during the process of exploring these resources will contribute to life-long learning among the engineering students.

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Drexel Elearning(Final)

  1. 1. Using Web 2.0 Applications as Information Awareness Tools Jay Bhatt and Dana Denick – Hagerty Library, Drexel University Presentation for: 7th Annual eLearning Conference: March 26 th , 2009
  2. 2. Why Web 2.0? <ul><li>New research initiatives being developed in institutions, universities and organizations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drexel no exception </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multidisciplinary Fields: Nanotechnology, Plasma Medicine, Engineering Cities, etc… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More research being done </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need for increased information awareness of new resources and tools </li></ul><ul><li>New and innovative ways of reaching out to researchers need further exploration </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Web 2.0 tools are effective ways to share, generate and distribute knowledge among researchers – shared communication </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Abrams thinks that Web 2.0 is “about a much higher level of interactivity and deeper user experiences…” </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for more academic and research based collaborations </li></ul>Why Web 2.0?
  4. 4. Web 2.0 Applications covered <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Feed Readers </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks and Tagging </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregators </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networks </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is a Blog? Why use a blog? <ul><li>Consists of dated entries in reverse chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>Frequently updated </li></ul><ul><li>Library blog can include news items, announcements, instructional tips, new electronic resources, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Searchable by subject area </li></ul>
  6. 6. Drexel Library Blogs <ul><li>Library Log See Library Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News from the Drexel University Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Careers Collections Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Announcing new career-related resources, events and advice for job hunters in the Drexel community. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drexel Physics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News, events and resources from the Drexel University Libraries relating to physics. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ischoolResearch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News and tips from the Drexel University Libraries relating to the iSchool. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drexel Emerging Technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s new and interesting for Drexel University Libraries Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Print is Dead – E-Resources blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primarily for Drexel University Libraries staff, designed to keep readers abreast of developments in electronic resources </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Engineering Resources Blogs <ul><li>Engineering Information Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/englibrary/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/engineeringlibraryinstruction/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Announcement of new resources, instructional tips for using a particular database or a resource, new and important web resources and more. </li></ul><ul><li>Archive of information added over a period of time </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on resources for CoE and Biomedical Engineering – mainly subscription based </li></ul>
  8. 9. Engineering Resources Blogs
  9. 10. Englibrary Blog
  10. 11. Share/Save Toolbars <ul><li>Connect separate social networks with each other quickly and easily </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Del.icio.us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Makes it easier to share the data, encourages the spread of information </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Engineering Resources Blogs
  12. 13. Engineering Resources Blogs <ul><li>Engineering Design Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical Engineering </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding Books, Electronic Books and Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biomedical Properties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patents and Intellectual Property </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethical Issues </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Englibrary Blog
  14. 15. What is RSS? <ul><li>RSS - Real Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brings contents to you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content available as new feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>XML based (eXtensible Markup Language) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For content distribution called feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aggregators – contains compilation of feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collect feeds and display them in easy to read format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More later during the talk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See also: Using RSS to increase user awareness of e-resources in academic libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.higheredblogcon.com/index.php/using-rss-to-increase-user-awareness-of-e-resources-in-academic-libraries/ </li></ul>
  15. 17. Getting RSS Feeds <ul><li>Feed readers (RSS feed readers) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collect various feeds and consolidate the information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Downloadable Feed Readers: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader, http://www.google.com/reader </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines, http://www.bloglines.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RSS Compendium: http://allrss.com/rssreaders.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Many blogs have built in RSS feeds. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds are identified by ‘XML’ ‘RSS’ or icons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just add the URL associated with the icons to your feed reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Englibrary: http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/englibrary/?feed=rss </li></ul></ul>
  16. 20. Engineering Resources RSS Feeds
  17. 23. Electronic Journal Feeds <ul><li>Integrating feeds from journals and journal articles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institute of Physics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IEEE Computer Society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Royal Society of Chemistry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Chicago Press Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many more to come including ScienceDirect </li></ul></ul>
  18. 26. Announcing Events on Blogs
  19. 27. Collaboration with Faculty & Students <ul><li>Identify faculty and students working on blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drexel CoAS E-Learning Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drexel Smart House Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One more opportunity to work together! </li></ul></ul>
  20. 30. Bookmarks and Tagging <ul><li>Social Bookmarking services allow users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Del.icio.us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diigo </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information rich resources can be shared among engineering faculty and students. </li></ul><ul><li>Users can categorize resources using their own tagging system. </li></ul>
  21. 33. Aggregators <ul><li>Collect various feeds from blogs, bookmarking systems and other forms of posted material in one location </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Friendfeed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul>
  22. 34. Aggregators <ul><li>Allows audience to narrow down the flow of information, get only what they want </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps audience up-to-date without having to visit the website </li></ul>
  23. 35. Friendfeed
  24. 36. Social Networks <ul><li>Students in academic environments use social networks to connect with their friends and colleagues. </li></ul><ul><li>A Librarian’s presence on a students’ social tool will increase the visibility of library resources: Information Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networks: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Myspace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orkut </li></ul></ul>
  25. 38. Boxes- Facebook
  26. 39. My Links- Facebook
  27. 40. Notes - Facebook
  28. 41. Groups - Facebook
  29. 42. Groups - Facebook
  30. 43. Adding Value <ul><li>setting up blogs, instant messaging, wikis </li></ul><ul><li>using Facebook, RSS feeds and widgets </li></ul><ul><li>offering more spaces within library for podcasts, vodcasts or any new technological product for the web </li></ul><ul><li>opting for more personalization tools and rating options </li></ul><ul><li>customizing curriculum resource pages, </li></ul><ul><li>offering Web 2.0 classes for the public on blogging, etc. </li></ul>
  31. 44. Vision <ul><li>More and more electronic journals will develop RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Increased use of applications such as Facebook with imported Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>More collaboration among students, researchers, faculty members and librarians </li></ul><ul><li>More outreach necessary </li></ul>
  32. 45. Thank You! <ul><li>Thank you very much and have fun using Web 2.0 Applications. Feedback welcome. </li></ul><ul><li>Interested in creating and developing a collaboration? </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Reading: Paper presented at the International Conference of Asian Special Libraries, New Delhi, 2008. http://idea.library.drexel.edu/handle/1860/2973 </li></ul><ul><li>Contact us anytime at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jay Bhatt, bhattjj@drexel.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dana Denick, dld58@drexel.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Katherine Lynch, klynch@drexel.edu </li></ul></ul>

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