LASSIE at Networked Learning Conference


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This is the presentation given by Gwyneth Price and Jane Secker at the Networked Learning Conference in Halkidiki Greece 5-6th May 2008

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    1. 1. Virtual Libraries as Virtual Learning Spaces: the experiences of the LASSIE project Dr Jane Secker Centre for Learning Technology, London School of Economics and Political Science Gwyneth Price The Newsam Library, Institute of Education
    2. 2. Project partners
    3. 3. Project aims <ul><li>To address concerns over lack of use of library resources by distance learners </li></ul><ul><li>To explore how social software is affecting libraries and their services </li></ul><ul><li>To consider whether these new technologies might enhance distance learners’ experience of libraries </li></ul>
    4. 4. Overview of paper <ul><li>Literature review </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
    5. 5. The literature review process <ul><li>Non- traditional approaches to finding “literature” </li></ul><ul><li>Team communication and collaboration </li></ul>
    6. 6. The Literature review <ul><li>Definitions: What is social software? The concept of Library 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>To what extent and in what ways are libraries currently using social software? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the current issues in supporting distance learners and how might social software help? </li></ul><ul><li>Are libraries a social space and can virtual libraries replicate this? </li></ul><ul><li>Available online from Project website </li></ul>
    7. 8. Distance learners and libraries <ul><li>University of London External Programme traditionally provided little library support </li></ul><ul><li>Access to library resources still varies depending on course </li></ul><ul><li>A concern students don’t exploit resources available through the Online Library </li></ul><ul><li>The literature review suggests information literacy programmes and access to electronic resources are services that could be enhanced through social software </li></ul>
    8. 9. Aren’t all libraries supporting distance learners? <ul><li>Even if no ‘real’ distance learners, e-learning and e-resources has meant many librarians support users remotely </li></ul><ul><li>Students increasingly part-time, mature, not living on campus </li></ul><ul><li>Students don’t visit the library as frequently </li></ul><ul><li>Social software might offer solutions for all libraries </li></ul><ul><li>LASSIE findings should be of wider relevance </li></ul>
    9. 10. Libraries as a social space <ul><li>What sort of interactions take place here? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group working </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking with colleagues, classmates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using electronic resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting help / advice/ training from Library staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library as ‘place’ and libraries as ‘third places’ </li></ul><ul><li>Do students want librarians in social spaces? </li></ul>
    10. 11. The case studies <ul><li>Explored five key areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presenting reading lists to students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource sharing with students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasting for teaching information literacy skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging and libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook and libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Involved course leaders and students at LSE and IoE </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed to offer best practice advice for other institutions </li></ul>
    11. 12. Case Study 1: Reading lists and social software <ul><li>Used social software to present reading lists to students as an alternative to paper lists and commercial reading list systems </li></ul><ul><li>A reading list for LSE external programme students was selected for inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Tested out CiteULike , H20 Playlists , Bibsonomy and LibraryThing </li></ul><ul><li>Piloted with distance learners and feedback gathered </li></ul><ul><li>Students liked online reading lists with book jackets! </li></ul>
    12. 13. CiteULike
    13. 14.
    14. 15. Case study 2: Social bookmarking <ul><li>Exploring social bookmarking as a way of creating a subject guide of internet resources for students using </li></ul><ul><li>Created a list of resources for distance learners on the TRIUM course at LSE </li></ul><ul><li>Created a list for PGCE students at IoE which they could add resources to </li></ul><ul><li> very flexible and easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Could be problematic to add library resources to this type of list </li></ul><ul><li>Highly valuable as a personal tool and easy to embed into other websites / services e.g. Facebook and Moodle </li></ul>
    15. 16. Using
    16. 17. Case Study 3: Podcasting <ul><li>Literature review revealed information literacy is a key challenge for distance learning librarians. </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting offers a new way of developing training materials </li></ul><ul><li>Created an online ‘ screencast ’ including powerpoint and audio on citing and referencing </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback from students gathered through a survey </li></ul><ul><li>Attracted considerable interest from other libraries </li></ul>
    17. 18. The screencast
    18. 19. Case Study 4: Blogging and libraries <ul><li>Maintained LASSIE Blog since March 2007 and now addicted to writing a blog! </li></ul><ul><li>Highly valuable for publicity, documenting progress, reflecting and getting (some) feedback </li></ul><ul><li>More readers than the departmental blog! </li></ul><ul><li>Informal posts get more responses </li></ul><ul><li>Still difficult to gauge who is reading it </li></ul><ul><li>Features such as using RSS to push content onto a website most valuable </li></ul><ul><li>Includes best practice for bloggers </li></ul>
    19. 20. The LASSIE Blog
    20. 21. Case Study 5: Facebook and Libraries <ul><li>Based on experiences of the team using this social networking site for past 10 months </li></ul><ul><li>Largely a social networking site, but difficult to predict how valuable it might become in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Identified many library related groups and applications </li></ul><ul><li>Looked at best practice for librarians using Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Certainly the communication tool of choice for the Google Generation </li></ul>
    21. 22. Library pages in Facebook
    22. 23. What is Library 2.0? From Michael Habib’s Flickr site (Licensed under Creative Commons):
    23. 24. What is Library 2.0? <ul><li>Library 2.0 is about user-centred change </li></ul><ul><li>Library 2.0 reflects a process of change already well underway </li></ul><ul><li>Library 2.0 is about people rather than technologies </li></ul>
    24. 25. More questions than answers <ul><li>How can information literacy be embedded in the learning process? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a conflict between Librarian 2.0 and her traditional counterpart? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the traditional library redundant? </li></ul>
    25. 26. Thank you and any questions? <ul><li>LASSIE Blog: http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>LASSIE website: http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Resources for today’s talk: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>