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Communication Tools: Blogs & Wikis and How Libraries Can use them

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  • 1. Emily Rimland Information Literacy Librarian Penn State University Libraries University Park, PA

2. In 2004, OReilly media coined the phrase Web 2.0. 1 OReilly, Tim. What is Web 2.0? http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html 3. Web 2.0 is:

  • A marketing buzz word
  • Things like blogs, wikis, facebook
  • An attitude
  • Both 1 & 2
  • All of the above

4. Answer: All of the above

  • Web 2.0 = principles and practices that allow users to have control over their online content
  • Online environments that allow users to collaborate and participate
  • It has also been called a marketing buzzword (business 2.0, learning 2.0, brain 2.0...)

5. Examples of Web 2.0technologies in use are:

  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Flickr, Picasa
  • Facebook, MySpace, social networking
  • Tagging, del.icio.us
  • RSS feeds
  • Second Life

6. Web 2.0 is also becomingan attitude

  • Having the mind set of providing:
  • Users with ways to communicate & share
  • More online functionality to organize info

7. Web 1.0 was:

  • Top down/authoritative
  • Static
  • One user
  • A destination
  • Consumers arent producers
  • Flattened/participatory
  • Dynamic & customizable
  • Many users
  • A person or community
  • Consumers can also produce

Web 2.0 is: 8. web 1.0|web 2.0 personal webpageblogs, facebook Catalog searches using keywords Tagging, Penn Tags Encyclopedia Britannica Online, Encarta Wikipedia Database email alerts RSS feeds from databases Online subject guides Blogs, squidoo, wikis, libguides Bookmarking del.icio.us 9. 10. Blogsoverview

  • Not just for personal reflections & deep thoughts any more
  • Blog = web + log = mixed media presented online in reverse chronological order
  • Lets watch:Common CraftsBlogs in Plain Englishvideo

11. Quick Stats on Blogs

  • In 2007, 28% of teens have created an online journal or blog, up from 19% in 20042
  • Blog readership jumped 58% in 2004 3
  • Demographics of bloggers from Technorati:

2 Pew Internet & American Life Project. Teens and Social Media. December 2007. http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/230/report_display.asp 3. Ibid . 12. How many blogs are out there 4 ?

  • 6 million
  • 32 million
  • 70 million
  • 95 million

4.Technorati blog: http://technorati.com/weblog/2007/04/328.html 13. Ways for libraries to use blogs

  • Communicate with your community and patrons
  • Facilitate communication between library staff
  • Stay in touch with & get ideas from other librarians

14. 1. Communicate with community

  • Use as a way to market new events, displays, etc.
  • Enabling comments allows patrons to respond
  • Examples
    • Ann Arbor District Library
    • Topeka & Shawnee Co. Library
    • Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg Co.

15. 2. Facilitate communicationbetween library staff

  • Use a blog internally to keep communication flowing between staff, branches, depts.
  • May work better if it revolves around a project/event(e.g. 23 things)
  • Cuts down on email
  • Archived and searchable
  • Examples:
    • Penn Library Staff blog

16. 3. Stay in touch with & get ideasfrom other librarians

  • Blogs provide a plethora of ideas for programming, events, displays, etc.
  • Keep abreast of professional developments
  • Examples:
    • Librarian.net
    • YALSA blog

17. Getting StartedReading Blogs

  • Find a few you like: try professional organizations (ALA) or technorati.com
  • Sign up for an RSS aggregator (Google Reader, blog lines)
  • Note and subscribe to the blogs that are linked in the blogs you started with

18. Getting StartedCreating A Blog

  • Short & sweet (dont need a blog version of War & Peace)
  • Blog your opinions (but be respectful)
  • Link to other blogs/sites/images
  • Use punchy titles
  • Keep it updated (invite others to contribute)
  • Have fun!

19. 20. The wordwikimeans:

  • quick
  • shared
  • encyclopedia
  • kiwi

21. Wikisoverview

  • Hawaiian word that means quick
  • Web sites that allow users to easily add andedit content
  • Built by users = good & bad
  • Lets watch: Common CraftsWikis in Plain Englishvideo

22. Quick Stats on Wikis

  • Wikipedia is the largest & best known wiki to date (more than 8 mill. users & 14 mill. pages)
  • The top 3 edited entries on Wikipedia last week were: The China Probrem, Bill Ayres, andMassospondylus .5

5. Wikirage:Most edited articles, week: http://www.wikirage.com/top-edits/168 / 23. What percentage of Wikipediaentries are in English?

  • 15%
  • 25%
  • 40%
  • 65%
  • 90%

24. Evolution entry in Wikipedia, 2001-06 Kruglinski, Susan. Map: Evolution Evolving Discover. July 2, 2006 25. Ways for libraries to use wikis

  • Organize an event(like in the video)
  • Highlight your collections -Chester Co. PA Wikipedia entry
  • Createguides and resourcepages
  • Ideas, tools, &best practicesfor librarians

26. Final thoughts

  • These tools must add value
  • Start small
  • Our online spaces can inspire learning & collaboration just like our physical ones
  • Digital natives dont have to be library immigrants
  • Be bold and brave!

27. Presentation Resources

  • PowerPoint slides at:
  • Links referenced in presentation at: http://delicious.com/gruenelf/cclsdiscovery
  • Feel free to contact me at:
    • Emily Rimland [email_address]
    • Friend me on Facebook

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