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  1. 1. Using Web 2.0 Applications as Information Awareness Tools Jay Bhatt and Dana Denick – Hagerty Library, Drexel University Smita Chandra – Indian Institute of Geomagnetism Presentation for: International Conference of Asian Special Libraries Shaping the future of special libraries: beyond boundaries November 27 th , 2008
  2. 2. Why Web 2.0? <ul><li>New research initiatives being developed in institutions, universities and organizations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drexel and IIG are no exception </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multidisciplinary Fields: Nanotechnology, Plasma Medicine, Engineering Cities, etc… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More research being done </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New and innovative ways of reaching out to researchers need further exploration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need for increased information awareness of new resources and tools </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Web 2.0 tools are effective ways to share, generate and distribute knowledge among researchers – shared communication </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Abrams thinks that Web 2.0 is “about a much higher level of interactivity and deeper user experiences…” </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for more academic and research based collaborations </li></ul>Why Web 2.0?
  4. 4. Web 2.0 Applications covered <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Feed Readers </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks and Tagging </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregators </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networks </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is a Blog? Why use a blog? <ul><li>Consists of dated entries in reverse chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>Frequently updated </li></ul><ul><li>Library blog can include news items, announcements, instructional tips, new electronic resources, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Searchable by subject area </li></ul>
  6. 6. Drexel Library Blogs <ul><li>Library Log </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News from the Drexel University Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Careers Collections Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Announcing new career-related resources, events and advice for job hunters in the Drexel community. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drexel Physics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News, events and resources from the Drexel University Libraries relating to physics. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ischoolResearch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News and tips from the Drexel University Libraries relating to the iSchool. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drexel Emerging Technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s new and interesting for Drexel University Libraries Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Print is Dead – E-Resources blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primarily for Drexel University Libraries staff, designed to keep readers abreast of developments in electronic resources </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Engineering Resources Blogs <ul><li>Engineering Information Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/englibrary/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/engineeringlibraryinstruction/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Announcement of new resources, instructional tips for using a particular database or a resource, new and important web resources and more. </li></ul><ul><li>Archive of information added over a period of time </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on resources for CoE and Biomedical Engineering – mainly subscription based </li></ul>
  8. 10. Engineering Resources Blogs <ul><li>Engineering Design Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical Engineering </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding Books, Electronic Books and Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biomedical Properties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patents and Intellectual Property </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethical Issues </li></ul></ul>
  9. 11. Englibrary Blog
  10. 12. What is RSS? <ul><li>RSS - Real Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brings contents to you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content available as new feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>XML based (eXtensible Markup Language) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For content distribution called feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aggregators – contains compilation of feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collect feeds and display them in easy to read format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More later during the talk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See also: Using RSS to increase user awareness of e-resources in academic libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.higheredblogcon.com/index.php/using-rss-to-increase-user-awareness-of-e-resources-in-academic-libraries/ </li></ul>
  11. 14. Getting RSS Feeds <ul><li>Feed readers (RSS feed readers) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collect various feeds and consolidate the information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Downloadable Feed Readers: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader, http://www.google.com/reader </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines, http://www.bloglines.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RSS Compendium: http://allrss.com/rssreaders.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Many blogs have built in RSS feeds. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds are identified by ‘XML’ or ‘RSS’ icons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just add the URL associated with the icons to your feed reader </li></ul></ul>
  12. 15. Google Reader Screenshot
  13. 16. Engineering Resources RSS Feeds
  14. 19. Electronic Journal Feeds <ul><li>Integrating feeds from journals and journal articles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institute of Physics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IEEE Computer Society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Royal Society of Chemistry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Chicago Press Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many more to come including ScienceDirect </li></ul></ul>
  15. 22. Announcing Events on Blogs
  16. 23. Collaboration with Faculty & Students <ul><li>Identify faculty and students working on blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drexel CoAS E-Learning Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drexel Smart House Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One more opportunity to work together! </li></ul></ul>
  17. 26. Bookmarks and Tagging <ul><li>Social Bookmarking services allow users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Del.icio.us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diigo </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information rich resources can be shared among engineering faculty and students. </li></ul><ul><li>Users can categorize resources using their own tagging system. </li></ul>
  18. 29. Aggregators <ul><li>Collect various feeds from blogs, bookmarking systems and other forms of posted material in one location </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Friendfeed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul>
  19. 30. Friendfeed
  20. 31. Social Networks <ul><li>Students in academic environments use social networks to connect with their friends and colleagues. </li></ul><ul><li>A Librarian’s presence on a students’ social tool will increase the visibility of library resources: Information Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networks: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Myspace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orkut </li></ul></ul>
  21. 33. Friendfeed- Facebook
  22. 34. Notes - Facebook
  23. 35. Posted Items - Facebook
  24. 36. Indian Scenario <ul><li>Characteristics of Internet users </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 40 million and growing </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly college students or below 35 yrs </li></ul><ul><li>General dissatisfaction about library services and infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 tools offer and an opportunity </li></ul>
  25. 37. Adding Value <ul><li>setting up blogs, instant messaging, wikis </li></ul><ul><li>using Facebook, RSS feeds and widgets </li></ul><ul><li>offering more spaces within library for podcasts, vodcasts or any new technological product for the web </li></ul><ul><li>opting for more personalization tools and rating options </li></ul><ul><li>customizing curriculum resource pages, </li></ul><ul><li>offering Web 2.0 classes for the public on blogging, etc. </li></ul>
  26. 38. Vision <ul><li>More and more electronic journals will develop RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Increased use of applications such as Facebook with imported Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>More collaboration among students, researchers, faculty members and librarians </li></ul><ul><li>More outreach necessary </li></ul>
  27. 39. Thank You! <ul><li>Thank you very much and have fun using Web 2.0 Applications. </li></ul><ul><li>Please send us your feedback. </li></ul><ul><li>Interested in creating and developing a collaboration? </li></ul><ul><li>Contact us anytime at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jay Bhatt, bhattjj@drexel.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smita Chandra, smtcd79@gmail.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dana Denick, dld58@drexel.edu </li></ul></ul>