Riding The Shift: Keeping Up and Staying Sane


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Education Institute Webcast on keeping up with library issues and technology.

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Riding The Shift: Keeping Up and Staying Sane

  1. 2. Step 1: Accept that you can’t keep up with everything
  2. 3. Step 2: Determine what topics are most important to your continuing education
  3. 4. Step 3: Choose your “filters”
  4. 5. Filters: Professional journals <ul><li>What journals do you get at your library in print? </li></ul><ul><li>What journals are available through the databases you subscribe to? </li></ul><ul><li>LIS Repositories ( E-LIS , DLIST , etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Many journals freely available on the Web. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Journals available for free online <ul><li>Library Journal </li></ul><ul><li>D-Lib </li></ul><ul><li>Ariadne </li></ul><ul><li>Educause Review </li></ul><ul><li>School Library Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Cite and Insights </li></ul><ul><li>ASIS&T Bulletin </li></ul><ul><li>First Monday …and more! </li></ul>
  6. 7. Filters: Blogs <ul><li>Blogs on just about every subject </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cataloging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distance learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School librarianship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Filters: Webcasts <ul><li>More and more free Webcasts offered: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OPAL – Online Programming for All Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SirsiDynix Institute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blended Librarian Online Community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>InfoPeople </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Filters: Podcasts <ul><li>Podcast = MP3 audio content syndicated with RSS. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen via computer, CD, MP3 player </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LibVibe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talking with Talis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Geeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>InfoSpeak </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT Conversations </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Filters: People <ul><li>Networking locally </li></ul><ul><li>Networking online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IM </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic mailing lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WebJunction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Step 4: Find tools to help you keep up
  11. 12. Tools: RSS <ul><li>RSS is format for syndicating content on the Web. </li></ul><ul><li>Based on XML </li></ul><ul><li>Enables you to view content from different sites on a single page. </li></ul><ul><li>Many Web sites have RSS feeds these days if they have information that is updated regularly (examples: CNN , NY Times , Burlington Free Press ). </li></ul>
  12. 13. RSS Aggregator <ul><li>Used to read RSS feeds. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Getting started <ul><li>Choose an aggregator (Web-based or desktop) </li></ul><ul><li>Find RSS feeds for your favorite Web site (look for or ) </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to those feeds in your aggregator </li></ul><ul><li>Start reading! </li></ul>
  14. 15. Tools: Social bookmarking <ul><li>Web-based bookmarking system </li></ul><ul><li>Users create descriptive tags for items rather than putting them in folders </li></ul><ul><li>People can see your bookmarks and you can see theirs </li></ul><ul><li>Tags make Web sites more “re-findable” </li></ul><ul><li>You can search by tags to find interesting things other people bookmarked </li></ul>
  15. 16. Social bookmarking services <ul><li>del.icio.us </li></ul><ul><li>blinklist </li></ul><ul><li>furl </li></ul><ul><li>Connotea </li></ul><ul><li>CiteULike </li></ul>
  16. 17. Getting Started <ul><li>Choose a social bookmarking service </li></ul><ul><li>Download a toolbar widget for quick bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>When you are on a page you want to bookmark, click on the widget </li></ul><ul><li>Enter the tags you want to use to describe and submit bookmark </li></ul><ul><li>Browse other people’s tags to find cool stuff </li></ul>
  17. 18. Step 5: Foster lifelong learning @ your library
  18. 19. Fostering lifelong learning <ul><li>Give librarians time during work to attend Webcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Make Webcasts an event at your library </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to professional journals </li></ul><ul><li>Have monthly professional development meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Have a yearly professional development event </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss library issues with colleagues </li></ul>
  19. 20. Meredith Farkas Distance Learning Librarian Norwich University [email_address] http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/ AIM: librarianmer Thank you!