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Libraries And Social Software: Aliss conference 2008

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Presentation for ALISS summer conference: 14th August 2008 at SOAS.

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Libraries And Social Software: Aliss conference 2008

  1. 1. Libraries and social software: an overview Dr Jane Secker Centre for Learning Technology London School of Economics and Political Science ALISS Summer Conference: 13 th August 2008, SOAS
  2. 2. Outline of talk <ul><li>Based on findings from the LASSIE project </li></ul><ul><li>What is web 2.0? </li></ul><ul><li>What is Library 2.0? </li></ul><ul><li>A snapshot of library activity related to web 2.0 technologies including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some issues to consider for today…. </li></ul>
  3. 3. LASSIE <ul><li>Libraries and social software in education </li></ul><ul><li>Nine month project funded by University of London’s Centre for Distance Education </li></ul><ul><li>Several project partners </li></ul><ul><li>Literature review to provide a snapshot of activity </li></ul><ul><li>Five case studies to explore different technologies </li></ul>Lassie filming on location in Florida. Photo courtesy State Archive of Florida http://clt.lse.ac.uk/Projects/LASSIE.php
  4. 4. Project partners
  5. 5. Project Overview <ul><li>Literature review of libraries and social software and distance learners (draft and final version) </li></ul><ul><li>Review of web 2.0 tools and what libraries are currently doing </li></ul><ul><li>Five case studies using social software to investigate how these technologies might enhance the experience of the distance (and full time) learner? </li></ul><ul><li>Students were on UoL External Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Tried to provide real evidence about what works and what is useful </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is web 1.0? <ul><li>Web 1.0 - the user as a consumer </li></ul><ul><li>Web editors created content </li></ul><ul><li>Limited interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>Communication via e-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Dial-up connections </li></ul><ul><li>Software on PC </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is Web 2.0 <ul><li>Using web as a platform for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Storing information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>User generated content- blogs, wikis, social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Always connected </li></ul>
  8. 8. Some more features of web 2.0 <ul><li>Services rather than software </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted remotely / not locally </li></ul><ul><li>Social interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion of ‘user generated content’ </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging </li></ul><ul><li>Re-usable data </li></ul><ul><li>Syndication / feed enabled </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use…. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What is Library 2.0? From Michael Habib’s Flickr site (Licensed under Creative Commons): http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=222296001&size=o
  10. 10. How are librarians responding? <ul><li>With enthusiasm and experimentation! </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of examples of practical applications </li></ul><ul><li>UK still someway behind the US </li></ul><ul><li>Staff development an issue </li></ul><ul><li>Some librarians have seen it as a threat, bandwagon, something to be ignored </li></ul><ul><li>JISC currently exploring this area with the TILE project </li></ul>
  11. 11. RSS / news feeds <ul><li>Phil Bradley argues RSS underlies web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>A new way of reading the web </li></ul><ul><li>Content brought to you via a reader or aggregator </li></ul><ul><li>Great for keeping up to date – lots of journals now have feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Content can be re-used elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>The BBC have an excellent overview of what RSS is and how it works </li></ul>
  12. 12. LSE’s training portal
  13. 13. RSS from a blog RSS from a database
  14. 14. Web 2.0 library catalogues <ul><li>Features include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>User reviews and ratings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tagging of items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using loan data to make recommendations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS capability for example to generate new book lists </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All linked to overall trend to make library catalogues meet user’s expectations (largely based their use of Amazon) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Hennepin County Library
  16. 16. University of Huddersfield
  17. 18. Bibliocommons
  18. 19. Libraries and blogging <ul><li>Libraries and librarians are starting to embrace blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly blogs used for Library news – can target specific audiences </li></ul><ul><li>LASSIE blog invaluable for reflection, comments, news </li></ul><ul><li>Requires a more informal written approach? </li></ul>
  19. 20. Madison-Jefferson County Public library blog
  20. 21. Worcester: ILS Matters
  21. 22. The LASSIE Blog
  22. 23. Libraries and social bookmarking <ul><li>Sites like del.icious allow users to share / access their bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent for resource sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Several libraries have developed their own social bookmarking tools </li></ul><ul><li>Several libraries using del.icio.us to maintain lists of internet resources </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible, portable, customisable </li></ul>
  23. 24. Using del.icio.us
  24. 25. Stanford University
  25. 26. Libraries and social networking <ul><li>OCLC report suggested libraries didn’t have a role to play in social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Despite this relatively high usage of sites such as Facebook by librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Groups used for professional networking </li></ul><ul><li>Pages can be created by organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Many library related applications in Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>The jury is still out! </li></ul>
  26. 27. Library pages in Facebook
  27. 28. Other useful web 2.0 tools <ul><li>SlideShare – share your powerpoints </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr –find images you can use under a creative commons licence </li></ul><ul><li>You Tube – liven up teaching sessions! </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader or another feed reader to keep up to date with blogs and other sites with RSS </li></ul>
  28. 29. CiteULike
  29. 30. LibraryThing.com
  30. 31. Key lessons from LASSIE <ul><li>Social software has the potential to reach out to users in new ways </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries and librarians need to continue to experiment with emerging technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Currently real enthusiasm and innovation in the library community! </li></ul><ul><li>Way ahead not clear but social software is important and not just a passing fad </li></ul><ul><li>The wiki way and beta is good! </li></ul>
  31. 32. Questions and issues… <ul><li>Can libraries / librarians ignore web 2.0 technologies and survive? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think Library 2.0 is just hype? </li></ul><ul><li>Which technologies really do help make us do our job better? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we cope with the challenges these new technologies present – including the staff development issues? </li></ul>
  32. 33. Thanks for listening! Jane Secker [email_address] LASSIE blog: http:// elearning.lse.ac.uk/blogs/socialsoftware / Bookmarked resources from the LASSIE project: http://delicious.com/lse_lassie/

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