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Lassie Lse Library


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This presentation provides an overview of the LASSIE (Libraries and Social Software in Education) project.

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Lassie Lse Library

  1. 1. Libraries and social software: the adventures of LASSIE Dr Jane Secker Centre for Learning Technology Library Lunchtime Seminar 17 th January 2008
  2. 2. The LASSIE Project <ul><li>Web 2.0 is happening </li></ul><ul><li>Library 2.0 is also happening </li></ul><ul><li>Social software surely offers potential to enhance the experience of distance learners using the library? </li></ul><ul><li>Lassie filming on location in Florida. Photo courtesy State Archive of Florida </li></ul>
  3. 3. Project partners
  4. 4. Project Overview <ul><li>Literature review of libraries and social software and distance learners (draft completed) </li></ul><ul><li>Review of web 2.0 tools </li></ul><ul><li>Review of what libraries are currently doing </li></ul><ul><li>Can this enhance the experience of the distance (and full time) learner? </li></ul><ul><li>Five case studies using social software to enhance library services with students on UoL External Programme and other DL courses where possible </li></ul><ul><li>Trying to provide real evidence about what works and what is useful </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Literature review <ul><li>What is social software, Library 2.0: definitions </li></ul><ul><li>How do you carry out a literature review on social software and using it? </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>Draft available online from Project website </li></ul>
  6. 7. What is Library 2.0? From Michael Habib’s Flickr site (Licensed under Creative Commons):
  7. 8. Some examples from LSE <ul><li>London School of Economics and Political Science </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using RSS feeds for bringing together training events across the school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of RSS for news on CLT website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using wikis and blogs for staff development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Added ‘rich content’ to catalogue for an Amazon appearance </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. LSE’s training portal
  9. 10. Some examples from elsewhere! <ul><li>Social bookmarking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Penn Tags </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject guides in </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Libraries using blogs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Madison-Jefferson County Public library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ohio University Library Business Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kansas State University library blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Librarians also love to write blogs! </li></ul>
  10. 11. Madison-Jefferson County Public library blog
  11. 12. Queensland University of Technology
  12. 13. Other examples <ul><li>User comments & reviews in the catalogue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hennepin County Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Huddersfield </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Libraries using social networking sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MySpace and Facebook library accounts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Groups for libraries and librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful for professional networking for example Ning and LinkedIn </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library Success Wiki </li></ul>
  13. 14. Hennepin County Library
  14. 15. Other examples of Library 2.0… <ul><li>RSS feeds for searches in databases such as Ebsco, Web of Science, and now in COPAC </li></ul><ul><li>Journal table of contents delivered as RSS feeds – also useful ways for researchers to keep up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking tool quick links added to BBC website and other sites </li></ul><ul><li>Library applications in Facebook such as catalogue searches, book sharing etc. </li></ul>
  15. 16. 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 online resources available through ULRLS </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>
  16. 17. 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 the campus </li></ul><ul><li>Students don’t visit the library as frequently and this trend is likely to increase </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>
  17. 18. 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>
  18. 19. The Project provided an opportunity <ul><li>Set up a blog for updates, reflection and external feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Using Moodle for internal communication </li></ul><ul><li>Using social bookmarking site: </li></ul><ul><li>Joined Facebook, Ning, LinkedIn for contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Experimented with other tools e.g. Google Reader for collecting RSS feeds </li></ul>
  19. 20. Five case studies <ul><li>To gather evidence in 5 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>
  20. 21. Reading lists and social software <ul><li>Investigating using social software to present reading lists to students as an alternative to paper based or commercial online reading list systems </li></ul><ul><li>A reading list for LSE external programme students was selected for inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Using reference management tool CiteULike </li></ul><ul><li>Also tested other tools including H20 Playlists , Bibsonomy and LibraryThing </li></ul><ul><li>These systems have been piloted with distance learners and feedback gathered. </li></ul>
  21. 22. CiteULike
  22. 23. Social bookmarking / resource sharing <ul><li>Exploring social bookmarking as a way of creating a subject guide of internet resources for students </li></ul><ul><li>Created a list of resources for distance learners on the TRIUM course at LSE </li></ul><ul><li>Used the social bookmarking site </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge to add library resources to this type of list </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluated value of social bookmarking from perspective of list creator as well as student </li></ul>
  23. 24. Using
  24. 25. Information literacy and social software <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>
  25. 26. The screencast
  26. 27. 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>
  27. 28. Facebook and Libraries <ul><li>Final case study coming soon </li></ul><ul><li>Based on experiences of the team using this social networking site for past 10 months </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of library related groups and applications </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>Certainly the communication tool of choice for the Google Generation </li></ul>
  28. 29. LASSIE: where next? <ul><li>Recognise there are staff development issues with web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>OU are interested in developing a course for librarians </li></ul><ul><li>CLT currently running sessions which library staff are welcome to attend </li></ul><ul><li>CLT will continue to explore and build on the various initiatives:, podcasting etc. </li></ul><ul><li>LASSIE blog will continue for time being </li></ul>
  29. 30. Key lessons learnt <ul><li>Social software has the potential to reach out to users in new ways </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries need to continue to experiment </li></ul><ul><li>The wiki way and beta is good! </li></ul><ul><li>Way ahead not clear but social software is important and not just a passing fad </li></ul>
  30. 31. Further research and project schedule <ul><li>Case studies scheduled to be completed in January 2008: report will be published on website </li></ul><ul><li>Literature review will be updated in January 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Project due to finish: December 2007 ! </li></ul><ul><li>Check out the resources for today’s talk on : </li></ul>
  31. 32. <ul><li>Thank you and any questions? </li></ul><ul><li>LASSIE Blog: </li></ul><ul><li>LASSIE website: </li></ul><ul><li>Jane Secker [email_address] </li></ul>