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Discovery 3 – Web 2.0 and Library 2.0

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 The terms Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 mean different things to different people – here are two definitions:

“Web 2.0 is the next incarnation of the World Wide Web, where digital tools allow users to create, change, and publish dynamic content of all kinds. Other Web 2.0 tools syndicate and aggregate this content. We will all be publishers and creators of our own information and entertainment channels with these applications” – Michael Stephens

“Library 2.0 is term used to describe a new set of concepts for developing and delivering library services. The name, as you may guess, is an extension of Web2.0 and shares many of its same philosophies and concepts including harnessing the user in both design and implementation of services, embracing constant change as a development cycle over the traditional notion of upgrades, and reworking library services to meet the users in their space, as opposed to ours (libraries). Many have argued that the notion of Library 2.0 is more than just a term used to describe concepts that merely revolve around the use of technology; it also a term that can be used to describe both physical and mindset changes that are occurring within libraries to make our spaces and services more user-centric and inviting. Others within the profession have asserted that libraries have always been 2.0: collaborative, customer friendly and welcoming. But no matter which side of the debate proponents fall, both sides agree that libraries of tomorrow, even five or ten years from now, will look substantially different from libraries today” – PLCMC

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Watch the following videos and read some of the articles and blog posts to gain an understanding of these concepts.

Web 2.0

The Machine is Us/ing us

Read Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and Librarian 2.0: Preparing for the 2.0 World by Stephen Abram, MLS, SirsiDynix vice president of Innovation
SirsiDynix OneSource, January 2006

When Stephen Abram helped launch the Murdoch University Library 23 Things program, he answered a few questions about Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 (video)

OCLC Next Space Newsletter – Web 2.0: Where will the next generation of the web take libraries?
Five Perspectives:

Wikipedia – Library 2.0
Library 2.0 Discussions (list of great references from Wikipedia)

Connect

Watch the videos and read two or three of the perspectives on Library 2.0 from the list above.
Create a blog post about your thoughts on any one of these concepts. Library 2.0–It’s many things to many people. What does it mean to you?

May 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm 1 comment

More Twitter tips

Phil Bradley is an internet search guru from the UK, and he has two very useful and interesting posts about Twitter on his website.

What is Twitter? This is a question that a lot of people are asking at the moment, so I’ve written a short page with some screencasts of what Twitter is, and how it can be used.

If you know about Twitter, you might want to try my Twitter Search page instead, which gives you information on the Twitter search engine options and alternative Twitter search engines.

You can even follow Phil on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Philbradley

 – Warren

May 14, 2009 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

Twitter widget added to blog

Cast your eyes to the right hand side of this blog – see the Twitter widget? This will display updates made on the http://twitter.com/TownsvilleLib account!

 – Warren

May 14, 2009 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians)

Thanks to Night Rider for the tip about the article: “Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians)” by Sarah Milstein.

There is a free online version available here

If that ever disappears, Night Rider has linked to the article in one of the online databases.

 – Warren

May 14, 2009 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

Discovery 2 – Twitter

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It seems that almost everyone is talking and writing about Twitter – so what’s it all about…?

First up, watch this video:

Twitter is by far the most popular example of micro-blogging tools. They are called micro-blogs because they started like mini-blogs – the opportunity to write and publish small snippets of text to share information, ask questions and network with other people. Twitter is a very versatile tool, and people use it for many different reasons, so it has gown beyond this basic definition of micro-blogging.

Twitter can be a bit tricky to try to describe, but it has:

  • elements of email
  • elements of blogs
  • elements of instant messaging, and
  • elements of SMS text services

…without replacing any of those services.

As with all of these online tools, the best way to learn is to jump in and play!

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  1. Head to Twitter and register with a username and password. Once you have a Twitter account, please add the account name to the comments section at the end of this blog post.
  2. Now you need some people to follow. Here are a few to get you started. Keep an eye on the comments section on this blog post too.
    Warren http://twitter.com/warrencheetham
    Neal http://twitter.com/nealthorley
    CityLibraries Townsville: http://twitter.com/TownsvilleLib
    Townsville Bulletin http://twitter.com/townsvillebully
    Australian Librarians and libraries – quite a list on this blog post and the comments section
  3. Use Twitter search to find people you might want to follow. Try searching for topics you are interested in, and then following the people who ‘tweet’ about those topics a lot.  Another Twitter search tool worth looking at is Monitter
  4. Write some thoughts about Twitter on your own learning blog. You may want to wait a few days until you’ve played with Twitter for a bit.

Connect

There are many ways that Twitter can help connect people, information and ideas.

Personal – keep up to date with family and friends, share news, organise meetups and parties.

Work – Twitter is used by organisations for media releases and announcements, to share breaking news, to network with other people who share work interests, and to tweet about meetings, workshops and conferences as they are occurring.

When writing this post, I sent a message out on Twitter asking this question:

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Fortunately a lot of my online colleagues replied. Here are some of their opinions to get you thinking about Twitter:twitterreplies

Have fun with Twitter!

– Warren

May 13, 2009 at 12:48 pm 9 comments

Blogging tips

The blogs are here! A lot of you have jumped right in and started your own learning blog, which is great to see. Be sure to check the ‘Participants‘ page to see the addresses of your colleagues’ blogs. (If your blog is not listed, please let me know).

You may have found that your blog can look and behave differently to someone else’s, even if you are both using the same blogging software. This difference can depend on the blog theme that you choose. Each theme has different settings and tools. You can change these settings at any time by logging in to your blog and checking out all of the options listed. Both Blogger and WordPress call this admin section of your blog the Dashboard.

On Blogger, look in the Layout tab along the top of your screen:bloggerlayout

 

 

 

On WordPress, look for Widgets under the Appearance link on the left hand menu:

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A comment about comments

A feature of blogs is the ability to leave comments at the bottom of posts. (What’s a post? You are reading one now. A post is an individual article or entry on a blog). People who read your blog may be inspired to leave a comment, ask a question, or respond to a comment that someone else has left. You may also reply to these comments with your own comments. To enable this conversation to happen, make sure that you have enabled comments on your blog.

For Blogger, check under the Settings tab (top of page) for a link to Comments, and for WordPress users, look for the Discussion link under Settings (left hand menu)

It is also wise to moderate comments. You are familiar with getting spam email – it is common for these same people and companies to leave spam comments on your blog. When you set your comments to be moderated, each time someone leaves a comment you will receive an email asking you to approve it for publication on your blog, or to delete the comment. It’s very easy to use and highly recommended.

– Warren

May 13, 2009 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Discovery 1 – Blogs

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Discover what blogs are all about by watching this video:

We will use blogs throughout our learning program. This CityLibraries Learning blog is where you will check each week for the latest discovery exercise, so mark it as a Favourite site now.

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Now it’s time to get stuck in and have a play with blogs!

1. You will need to set up your own blog to track your progress and record your thoughts and ideas throughout our learning 2.0 journey. Your blog will be available on the internet for anyone to read (updated 1:04pm, 6/5/09)

For this course we will be using free hosted blogging software. Choose from the following:

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Blogger – Very easy to use, ideal for absolute beginners

 

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WordPress – Also easy to use, has a few more features to explore.

 

You will need to register and then follow the instructions on the screen to create your very own blog. Choose a username, password and name for your blog. Make sure you write these down and don’t lose these as you will need them to log into your blog throughout the course. This will be the first of many usernames/passwords you will create so stop for a moment now and think how you would like to be identified. Perhaps use the same one or similar ones for every Web 2.0 tool.

How you choose to identify yourself on your blog is your choice. You can blog under a screen name, anonymously, or as yourself. In order to qualify for the staff incentives and prize drawings, you will need to register your blog – please read point 4. below.

If there is another blog site that you are used to using please feel free to use it. If you have already used one of these blogging tools, perhaps try the other one for your learning blog.

 2. Have a play with the themes on offer, these will change the colour and layout of your blog. Make your blog distinctive and make a statement!

 3. Add a test post or two. Consider writing a brief biography or a comment about what you want to achieve throughout this learning 2.0 program. Share whatever you want to, but remember your blog will be out there for the world to see!

 4. Enter your blog address in the comments section at the bottom of this post. This will help us see who is participating as well as registering you for the prizes at the end of the program. Since you control all the information that you share on your blog, you can choose to use a screen name to identify yourself to keep yourself anonymous.
However if you choose to blog anonymously, but you still want to be in the running for a prize, you will need to send an email to warren.cheetham@townsville.qld.gov.au.nospam (remove nospam before sending).  Your identity will not be shared with anyone other than Warren, and will remain absolutely confidential.

5. Spend some time playing with your blog: explore the options/features, try adding an image or two

Connect

For those of you comfortable with blogging, or for beginners who really want to stretch their wings, consider these questions, and write your responses on your own blog.

 1. How might you use a blog to better connect with your family and friends. What advantages do blogs have over other communication methods? Any disadvantages?

 2. How might you use a blog to connect with your work colleagues, at CityLibraries Townsville or at other library services?

 3. How might you use a blog to connect better with library customers and people who don’t use the library? Is there an opportunity to use a blog to provide a library service to people who wouldn’t otherwise use the library?

Have fun!
 – Warren

May 6, 2009 at 1:31 am 6 comments

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Acknowledgement

Learning 2.0 is a discovery learning program created by Helene Blowers. Content and style for CityLibrariesLearning has been borrowed and duplicated with permission, under a Creative Commons License.
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Content has also been borrowed and duplicated under Creative Commons Licenses, from All together Now by the School Library Journal and Michael Stephens and 23 Things on a Stick
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