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Web 2.0 and Information Literacy


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Web 2.0 and Information Literacy

  1. 1. Information Literacy meets Library 2.0 Dr Jane Secker LSE Centre for Learning Technology
  2. 2. Overview of talk <ul><li>What is web 2.0 ? </li></ul><ul><li>How are libraries using new technologies? </li></ul><ul><li>How are libraries using web 2.0 technologies in information literacy teaching? </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
  3. 3. A vision of students today <ul><li>From Michael Wesch, Cultural Anthropologist at Kansas State University </li></ul>
  4. 4. Some thoughts before we start… <ul><li>What implications does web 2.0 have on student’s information literacy skills? Are they digital natives? </li></ul><ul><li>How can librarians and teachers use web 2.0 tools creatively and appropriately? </li></ul><ul><li>What staff development issues does web 2.0 present librarians? </li></ul>
  5. 5. The LASSIE Project <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><ul><li>More details on project website: </li></ul>Lassie filming on location in Florida. Photo courtesy State Archive of Florida
  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 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>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):
  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 </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. Aquabrowser
  18. 19. Vu Find
  19. 20. 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>Blogs invaluable for reflection, comments, news, sharing resources </li></ul><ul><li>Requires a more informal written approach? </li></ul>
  20. 21. Madison-Jefferson County Public library blog
  21. 23. Worcester: ILS Matters
  22. 24. 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 to maintain lists of internet resources </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible, portable, customisable </li></ul><ul><li>Studied use of delicious in case studies </li></ul>
  23. 25. LSE’s delicious pages
  24. 26. Using delicious in training
  25. 27. 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 but read more in LASSIE’s case study on Facebook. </li></ul>
  26. 28. Library pages in Facebook
  27. 29. Reading lists and social software: a LASSIE case study <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>
  28. 30. CiteULike
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  30. 32. Podcasting and information literacy <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>
  31. 33. The screencast
  32. 34. 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>
  33. 35. What are our students doing? <ul><li>Knowledge of web 2.0 as a concept is pretty much non-existent </li></ul><ul><li>Some are using RSS feeds, but in my experience not many </li></ul><ul><li>They are using Facebook, You Tube, photo sharing websites etc. </li></ul><ul><li>But are they being discerning about the web? </li></ul>
  34. 36. Web 2.0 and Information Literacy <ul><li>Many of the tools we have seen assist: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual approaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Convenience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content creation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical thinking </li></ul></ul>Edited by Peter Godwin and Jo Parker. Facet, 2008
  35. 37. To return to my initial thoughts… <ul><li>What implications does web 2.0 have on student’s information literacy skills? Are they digital natives? </li></ul><ul><li>How can librarians and teachers use web 2.0 tools creatively and appropriately? </li></ul><ul><li>Which tools should we use? </li></ul><ul><li>What staff development issues does Web 2.0 present librarians? </li></ul>
  36. 38. Thanks for listening! Jane Secker [email_address] Further reading Godwin, P and Parker, J. (2008) Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0. Facet Publishing. LASSIE blog: http:// / LASSIE Bookmarks: http:// / LILAC 2009: Cardiff University 30 th March – 1 st April Call for papers now open!