Alapreconf2008

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  • Government information librarians need to be addressing as a specialty the dearth of government information in appropriately structured forms to allow for robust use of Web x.x tools to enhance the user’s use of and understanding of government information.
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  • You will only get the best results if you understand the environment in which you are working first. Do you have access to an institutionally hosted blog? Will your IT staff or director have a heart attack if you start posting work-related material on a commercial blog? Are you prepared to maintain more than one list of bookmarks so that you can separate personal from networking from for-the-user items? Does it matter?
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  • I’m not particularly concerned about the commercial aspect. Nor am I especially concerned about control anymore. Good enough is, well, good enough.
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  • Never quite saw the potential of RSS until I started using it and, now, I’m a believer! Anything that can be syndicated, should be. We’re all better off for it.
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  • An example of including legislative information from a widget developed by a non-commercial 3rd party: OpenCongress.org
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  • Alapreconf2008

    1. 1. Deceptively Simple Web 2.0 & Your Website 2008 Annual Conference of the American Library Association Docs 2.0 Preconference – 6/27/08
    2. 2. Changing Emphasis <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Formatting </li></ul><ul><li>Updating </li></ul>
    3. 3. Content without (much) Effort <ul><li>First </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Site Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Include potential content for later </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look and feel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Page layout(s) </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Fill in the Blanks <ul><li>Second </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feeds, feeds, feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs/microblogs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bookmarks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visualization Tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Calendars </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Catalogs, licensed databases </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Easy to say… <ul><li>Your institutional environment is key </li></ul><ul><li>UMN environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Required look and feel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Php, with occasional javascript </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lastRSS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Libdata content database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardwired access to server </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. UMN Data Services
    7. 7. Why is updating the content easy? <ul><li>Typically 3 rd party commercial software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Premium on ease of use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bookmarklets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some Integration from product to product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Update anywhere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-formatted widgets often available </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Issues with 3 rd Party Software <ul><li>Lots of them </li></ul><ul><li>No full integration, even within a single company like Google </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation continually; no graceful way to move from one to another </li></ul>
    9. 9. Sample Workflow <ul><li>Check my GReader account </li></ul><ul><li>Open interesting items </li></ul><ul><li>Add them to Diigo, which updates del.icio.us, which is already set up to display on site </li></ul><ul><li>May also add blog entry, either from Diigo or manually </li></ul>
    10. 10. McNeese State University <ul><li>Uses FrontPage for website currently </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarian not happy with FrontPage so… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Government Publications information via main site, wiki, blog and host of other 3 rd party services </li></ul>
    11. 11. McNeese State University
    12. 12. McNeese State University Wiki
    13. 13. McNeese State University Blog
    14. 14. McNeese Wiki – Open Congress
    15. 15. Takeaway 1 <ul><li>Web 2.0 tools can effectively concentrate your work time on content, rather than formatting or updating </li></ul>
    16. 16. Takeaway 2 <ul><li>These are commercial products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s up to you to decide how to incorporate them into your environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interoperability between tools depends on likely profitability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are out of your control </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Takeaway 3 <ul><li>Which tools you use and how you use them are constrained by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your particular environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your desire to experiment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The kind of content you want manage </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Takeaway 4 <ul><li>Truly deep integration of Web x.x. into government information websites will require much more data from agencies in structured form </li></ul>

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