14 things http://blogs.murdoch.edu.au/libraryweb2/ a walkthrough image borrowed under creative commons
Hey! that's like 23 things but smaller After running the 23 things program for library staff, we wanted to do something we could run for academic staff and students. Something that would be better tailored to what they do and to help bring the library (and its services) to them.
why? no, seriously why? 1. Because its shiny (and learning is a lifelong commitment) 2. Because 23 things was too much for some people 3. Because it might help make it easier for you 4. Because you should know what your patrons are talking about image mashed under creative commons
Gmail Gmail is a good base to understand 'cloud computing' its a case of anything with a web browser that gets a net connection gets access. It gives us access to a heap of google stuff including the new google wave. It basically an email program you can access anywhere and on most things, it has good functionality and ever increasing server space.
blogging blogs are many things : 1. a way to establish an online presence 2. A way to find your online voice 3. a way to help foster your part in an online community 4. an inexpensive way to create a website
google reader, rss feeds and google docs RSS (really simple syndication) is a way to bring information to you rather than have to go out and chase it. Excellent for research and has many applications such as vanity feeds (where you can check out what people are saying about you.) Google reader is just one of the applications that will help you read and organise this information Google docs gives an example of cloud computing and the potential for online collaboration
Firefox We look at firefox because: 1. its good to get out of the comfort zone 2. Its a browser that is extendable, it has tools to help you personalise your web experience that aren't currently available on IE
Google Scholar and Libx Libx is a customisable toolbar that allows your patrons to access your resources from where ever they are on the web. When it is used in conjunction with google scholar it can be a powerful system for integrating the library into where people are instead of them coming to us.
Open Access and Creative commons Open access journals and creative commons show how our patrons can legally access materials for free and without infringing copyright restrictions. It also highlights a growing repository of reputable scholarly information that is available free online.
Wikis Wikis allow for online collaboration and storage of documents. They can be a powerful repository of information that you can store, edit and share.
Zotero, Citeulike and delicious With a patronage that is mostly students and academics the usefullness of programs to store and organise research materials.
and if that doesn't floor you there is always new on the Horizon: Google Wave (no I didn't get an invite) Tinychat Evernote Twitter and its ever increasing extensions Mobile applications google sidewiki Vanity feeds image borrowed under creative commons