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Assignment 3: OLJ/Evaluative report

Part1. Evaluative Statement

At the beginning of this subject I thought I already possessed a good understanding of social networking. I have been a regular user of social media for personal and professional use and have been engaged in cyber space for the last two decades. However, when I started reading the first module, I found I was a just Internet user without knowledge of how social networking works and its importance for libraries.

Three Online Learning Journal (OLJ) Entries that have been documented as evidence of meeting the learning outcomes of the subject are

OLJ Task: Delicious Bookmarking

I have created new account for INF 506 and have used Delicious bookmarking extensively while studying this subject, having saved 37 links. I have found this to be the most useful social network for studying this subject. Delicious is very helpful for building a list of resources for to use for my study.
According to Vander Wal (2007), “Folksonomy is the result of personal free tagging of information and objects (anything with a URL) for one’s own retrieval.” Delicious allows me to use this folksominy, tag any articles and websites related to my interests and easily categorise items in my account.
In addition, users including me, can ‘follow’ other people and see what they are adding and tagging in their accounts. If there is something relevant or that interests me, then I can add it to my own list of items.

In the teaching of research skills, Delicious can be useful for assisting students to keep track of online resources needed for their studying, assignments and group projects. Citing references is easier with Delicious where URLs are saved, and graphics and annotations are automatically added.

As Rosenfeld (2006) mentions in his blog on folksonomies, the tags are created and added by the different users without supporting controlled vocabularies applied by professionals. This might result in the users visiting off topic items as tagging is personalised and open to interpretation. I and other users should keep this negative note in my mind. However, In spite of this issue, I can still say that Delicious is a practical social networking platform that is beneficial to all users.

 OLJ Task: ASU Libraries

Casey & Savastinuk (2006) state Library 2.0 is a new model for library service that encourages users to involve themselves in the creation of both the physical and virtual services with Web 2.0 tools. However before beginning INF506 I was familiar with some Web 2.0 tools but did not have any idea about the term Library 2.0 and no understanding of what it referred to. It is gradually becoming clear from my reading in this topic, but I still have much to learn. Also I found many experienced librarians still struggle with the concept of Library 2.0 (Farkas, 2008).

Through the library channel of Arizona State University (ASU) libraries (2014) I have begun developing an understanding of what it means for me. I believe that ASU libraries have used various types of web 2.0 tools to achieve the 4Cs of collaboration, conversation, community and content creation. ASU libraries are using videos, (the library minute series is especially excellent) live chat, user-centered content creation such as personalised playlists and research citation lists. Furthermore they are integrating SN tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Vimeo to their practice of Library 2.0. Examining their practice on the library channel has assisted me to further development of my understanding of how these tools can apply in school libraries and helped me understand the gaps in my skill set.

OLJ Task: Building Academic Library 2.0

This is an excellent and persuasive presentation by Meredith Farkas (2007) highlights various types of the tools in Library 2.0. The most significant aspect of creating Web 2.0 applications is a knowing the users. By observing the users from a wide range of point of view such as age, languages and cultural interest, a solid understanding of the target audience can be developed. I have not previously worked as a member of libraries staff, but I believe it is common practice to develop an understanding of students’ requirements and to provide materials and resources in order to meet the needs in the class rooms. I can adapt the skills which I have developed as a teacher of Japanese in order to gain an understanding of the users’ needs Off course I must develop my skills as a librarian in Library 2.0 as well.

For example, the article by Lazaris (2009) “Designing websites for kids: Trends and best practices”, it shows how various web pages provided by a diverse range of organisations try to capture their audience with different techniques. In addition, King’s slide show (2013) convince me libraries are sellers to sell services, but not for profit. Throughout this article and slide show, I found I should develop sufficient skills to be able to develop some of the complex web pages which use Flash or JavaScript, as if the website is not attractive the users/visitors are unlikely to return.

Furthermore, Abram (2007) points out that Library 2.0 is mainly concerned with Web 2.0 applications in a library environment. Currently, many library users bring their own digital tools to libraries such as PC, iPads, e-readers and tablets. It is a big change compared with the past. The library should adapt and provide a more facilitator environment for those users in order for them to work in comfort.

Part 2: Reflective Statement

In my first OLJ task I was described how I expected to learn new knowledge, skills and understanding of Web 2.0 technologies. As these technologies are essential to build a school library with Library 2.0 status.

Having nearly completed INF506, honestly, I am not sure if my understanding of Library 2.0 is fully developed to apply to my personal life and my professional life as a future teacher librarian. Therefore, even after finishing this subject, I must continue developing my understandings of Library 2.0.

My development as a learner.

Before starting this subject I had used some social networking technologies. However I have to say I was not an enthusiastic and skilled user. Throughout studying this subject, as a slow starter to the world of social networking, I spent time exploring Web 2.0 tools. Tools and services including which I have limited experience with including Diigo, Weebly, LinkedIn, Edmodo and Second life. It was time consuming, but I found they are fascinating. Although I cannot say I am skilful at managing all tools, I think they have advantageous capabilities that could be integrated into the school library. However I still see myself as a reluctant user of social sites. This subject has given me the opportunity to enjoy using Web 2.0 and establish my confidence with the use of new media technologies.

Furthermore I think I have acquired a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of Library 2.0. For example even though I have used Delicious and RSS feeds in last few years, I have never deeply thought and examine their functions. I thought it was just useful and easy for me. However now I have understood its functions and possibilities within a library context.

Thus I believe that I am now more aware of the possibilities of using Web 2.0 in learning and teaching contexts, both in the classroom and the library. This awareness includes my new knowledge and skills in understanding and applying Web 2.0 including socially-driven tools like blogs, wikis, social networking, pod casting.

My development as information professional

I think to become a teacher librarian you must be effective information professional

  • Be aware and knowledgeable of a wide range of Web 2.0 tools and technologies and establish appropriate skills to manage these tools. Furthermore, it is also essential that information professionals learn and develop the skills not only as they apply to Web 2.0 tools but also to be a role model for other library staff and colleagues.
  • To be able to evaluate and select Web 2.0 tools that are useful to the library and its users. For example, RSS feeds would be a useful Web 2.0 tool for both the library and the users as it can alert users of relevant and up-to-date news and information about events, procedures, new acquisitions and other topics of users’ interests effectively.
  • To provide the users with appropriate services which their meet their needs. Farkas (2007) emphasis the importance of understanding what the users want. It is definitely worthy of consideration when providing valid and meaningful services to the users. As a future teacher librarian, another consideration is that it is obvious that many users at school libraries are generally active users of the Internet and Web 2.0 tools. This can be a strong factor to consider when planning Library 2.0 features.

Harnessing Web 2.0 technologies is strategy to enhance the library collection and services. However; I should remember this by Cohen (2006), “I will recognize that library change slowly, and will work with my colleagues to expedite our responsiveness to change” as all staff at the library may not be comfortable to embrace new technologies.”
The Librarian’s 2.0 Manifesto by Linda Cohen (2006) has convinced me very much. This briefly details the essential attributes a librarian 2.0 should have. In my capacity as a prospective teacher librarian, I will also need to engage and guide students aware of the potentially devastating effects of thoughtless, inappropriate or malicious online behaviour and aid them to make wise choices when interacting in a cyber space (Oxley, 2011).

Reference

Abram, S. (2007) Web 2.0, library 2.0 and librarian 2.0: preparing for the 2.0 world. Retrieved from http://www.academia.edu/1019473/Web_2.0_Library_2.0_and_Librarian_2.0_Preparing_for_the_2.0_World

Arizona State University (ASU) libraries. (2014). the library channel. [ONLINE] Available at: https://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/ [Last Accessed 20 May 2014].

Casey, M. & Savastinuk, L. (2006). Library 2.0: Service for the next-generation library, Library Journal, 1 September. Retrieved from http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2010/05/technology/library-2-0/

Cohen, L. [YouTube] (2006, November, 9). A librarian’s 2.0 manifesto. [Video file] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZblrRs3fkSU

Farkas, M. [YouTube] (2007, November, 19). Building academic library 2.0 [Video file] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_uOKFhoznI

Farkas, M.(2008, January, 24). The essence of Library 2.0? Information wants to be free. [Blog post] Retrieved from http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/2008/01/24/the-essence-of-library-20/

King, D. (2013) Creating customer experience – on the web, in the library, in the community [Slides] Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/davidleeking/creating-customer-experience-on-the-web-in-the-library-in-the-community-25127829

Lazaris, L. (2009, November, 27). Designing websites for kids: Trends and best practices, Smashing Magazine, Retrieved from http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/11/27/designing-websites-for-kids-trends-and-best-practices/

OLJ Task: Delicious bookmarking. (2014, May, 13) [Blog post]  Retrieved from https://pandamoco.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/module2-olj-task-delicious/

OLJ Task: ASU library. (2014, May, 13) [Blog post]  Retrieved from https://pandamoco.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/module3-olj-task-asu-the-libray-minute/

OLJ Task: Building academic library 2.0 (2014, May, 13) [Blog post]  Retrieved from https://pandamoco.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/module3-olj-task-building-academic-library-2-0/

Oxley, C. (2011). Digital citizenship: developing an ethical and responsible online culture. ACCESS, 25(3), 5-9.

Rosenfeld, L. (2005, January, 6). Folksonomies? how about metadata ecologies? [Blog post]. Retrieved from  http://www.louisrosenfeld.com/home/bloug_archive/000330.html

Vander Wal, T. (2007, February, 2). Folksonomy, folksonomy coinage and definition.. [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://www.vanderwal.net/index.html

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Module 3: OLJ task Information professionals in Web 2.0 world

superlibrarianMany people probably still believe the library is about books and librarians with cardigan are sitting at the counter but it just imagination anymore. Nowadays it is about services that can collaborate, communicate and interact with users through various ways. Due to the rapid development in technology, information professionals have to be equipped with different knowledge, skills and attributes in order to survive and to meet the needs of library users in current online environment.

When I think about this matter as a future teacher librarian, the Librarian’s 2.0 Manifesto by Linda Cohen (2006) has convinced me very much. This briefly details the essential attributes a librarian 2.0 should have.

Linda Cohen’s (2006) Librarian 2.0 Manifesto
• I will educate myself about the information culture of my users and look for ways to incorporate what I learn into library services.”
• I will not be defensive about my library, but will look clearly at its situation and make an honest assessment about what can be accomplished.
• I will become an active participant in moving my library forward.
• I will recognize that library change slowly, and will work with my colleagues to expedite our responsiveness to change.
• I will be courageous about proposing new services and new ways of providing services, even though some of my colleagues will be resistant.
• I will enjoy the excitement and fun of positive change and will convey this to colleagues and users.
• I will let go of previous practices if there is a better way to do things now, even if these practices once seemed so great.
• I will take an experimental approach to change and be willing to make mistakes.
• I will not wait until something is perfect before I release it, and I will modify it based on user feedback.
• I will not fear Google or related services, but would rather take advantage of these services to benefit users while also providing excellent library services that users need.
• I will avoid requiring users to see things in librarians’ terms but rather will shape services to reflect users’ preferences and expectations.
• I will be willing to go where users are, both online and physical spaces, to practice my profession.
• I will create open websites that allow users to join with librarians to contribute to content in order to enhance their learning experience and provide assistance to their peers.
• I will lobby for an open catalog that provides personalized, interactive features that users expect in online information environments.
• I will encourage my library administration to blog
• I will validate through my actions, librarians’ vital and relevant professional role in any type of information culture that evolves.

 

Reference

Cohen, L. [YouTube] (2006, November, 9). A librarian’s 2.0 manifesto. [Video file] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZblrRs3fkSU

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Module3: OLJ Task ‘Building Academic Library 2.0’

cache-cache_194d8721736f745d388d69d112de08bc_c92662152bb30c8cf91cc33f4274f569This presentation was held in 2007, probably many librarians are aware an importance of using and implementing web 2.0 tools to communicate and collaborate with their patrons than then. However, the keynote speaker, Meredith Farkas was insightful and offered many useful advices for me as a prospective teacher librarian.

Need to know our users

It is one useful advice which is definitely worthy of consideration. It is obvious that many users at the school libraries are generally active users of the Internet and Web 2.0 tools. It can be a strong factor to consider when planning Library 2.0 features.

Communicate and become more transparent

This advice reminds me a situation at one of my workplaces as a high school teacher of Japanese. Library staff constantly sends email to all teachers to inform new items and announcements. Teachers recognize their efforts however, they seem to not be interested in these mails and they say “I cannot see what they do in the library and what they expect us”. It is apparently no communication between them. Making opportunities to communicate each other is essential to plan Library 2.0 at this school and it is believed that it will make good impacts on students’ learning as the library staff can know what teachers and students needs.

Use 2.0 tools to highlight collections

Using Web 2.0 tools to promote and highlight the library collection and services through RSS feeds, blogs, social book marketing, Flickr can be an efficient strategy. Comments from users would be useful feedback to improve the library. RSS is a great way for library and users, Library can send its contents out to the users and the users can chose these contents to meet their interests and needs.

Go where your users

It is a good advice to adopt if the library intends to stay relevant. It is very important to know how to engage and pick up users and encourage them to use the collection and services at the library. Waiting patrons at information desk is no more main stream. . We try knowing more about our users such as using news blogs, links to subject guides and communication widgets such as Twitter and Facebook.

Don’t focus just on technologies.

Thinking about the technology have – nots, I find I can do many things without involving technology. Non-technological items can be useful and powerful learning tools. This advice convinces me again how support students who are not comfortable with computer and others who cannot fully access to the internet outside the school.

Building Academic Library 2.0

 

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Module3: OLJ Task ASU The Libray Minute

Arizona State University (ASU) has provided a huge amount of information to its students throughout the web site the library channel. On top of their home page, there are various Social Network Services (SNS) provided such as Twitter, Facebook, youtube, Vimeo and so on.

One minute videos

I have watched one minuet videos to follow the play list called the Library Minute. I am absolutely impressed by the quality, creative talents of the producers. Even more persuaded that the Library Minute series is a brilliant and innovative idea to engage library users in the cyber generation.

The Library Minute is very short video about 1 minute, just like the name. However, it provides and promotes the library collections, services and to broadcast events, programme and conversation to the community. This series appeal and engage users as each video is consisted with the creative use of texts, visuals and a good sense of music. Also this is not only one way, it opens to the community to provide opportunities for users to converse with the producers throughout feedback and comments.

The library also uses a number of Web 2.0 tools such as FaceBook, Twitter, RSS, Flickr, Vimeo and iTunes to achieve the 4Cs of social media. Especially the library Facebook is actively used to update and inform users various library information such as the latest news, events and announcements. This is a useful platform to encourage users to engage in conversations and collaboration.

Twitter is also actively using in conversation with users, it has over 2500 followers. While the Facebook page seems to be used main platform to review things that have already happened, the Twitter feed keeps users up to date with current and upcoming news, as well as infrequently reminding them about library resources and quickly responding users’questions from opening hours to possible assistances by library stuff.
The library is also using RSS feeds to provide targeted information to users such as new items in the collection and new services. The users easily obtain heir required information by subscribing on RSS.

The ASU library has contributed to its users throughout using a variety of web 2.0 tools. It may not be a perfect for the users; however; there are a lot off excellent material of its own to keep visitors interested and coming back, and feedback is encouraged,

My favorite one minute video

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Module2: OLJ Task RSS

awr_rssBesides libraries and news agencies offering RSS feeds, 2 additional examples of ‘RSS in action’ can be seen in :

The Bureau of Meteorology
Language- NSW website

Both of these organizations appear to have a comprehensive set of RSS feeds to which one can subscribe.

How RSS can enhance a library or information service’s ability to meet the information needs of its users.

Now days RSS is an important and ideal tool for libraries and information services. Utilizing RSS in many ways can meet the information needs of their users. For example, library blogs is containing news and information about events, procedures, new acquisitions and other topics of users’ interests. If the library sets up RSS feeds on the blog site, it enables to inform users – subscribers up to date on what is available without requiring them to do extensive searches. In addition, throughout examining the State Library of NSW RSS feeds, there are plenty of links for collections are provided. It is more likely to help users to select more specific collections that they demand as they are classified by subjects, formats and languages. It seems to be targeted a wide range of users with various backgrounds and it is obvious RSS can be used as a tool in supplying information about a variety of new acquisitions.
However, it is essential to consider disadvantages of RSS. According to Bansode, Dahibhate, & Ingale (2009), every site has not a feed is the fact and some feeds are not updated after a specific time period. RSS content may not be being fully used as there may be copyright issues. Therefore selecting and evaluating websites is a critical task for librarians. Furthermore, it is argued that finding identify of the website source is difficult as they do not display the actual URL or name of the website, it can sometimes get confusing on what website the data has come from.

Web 2.0 makes anyone can create and publish information. Librarians will be required to communicate with library users and to provide information which meets users’ needs through RSS.

References

Bansode, S., Dahibhate, N. B., & Ingale, K. (2009). RSS Applications in Libraries and Information Centres. Retrieved from http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~mbolin/bansode-dahibhate-ingale.pdf

State Library of New South Weals (2014) RSS feeds [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/rss/index.html [Last Accessed 7 May 2014].

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Module2 : Tagging and QR codes

QR codes

QR codes is very familiar way with me as it is has invented by Japanese, Masahiro Hara and his team and it is already commonly used to get information in Japan. We can see QR codes various places not only online sites but also newspaper and TV screen in general. Mobile phones technologies have rapidly developed in Japan and currently most mobile phones have a QR reader. Using the reader is easy therefore QR codes are accepted in the society and  many people are used to manage it.

QR code on TV

QR code on TV

QR codes in classrooms and libraries

QR codes can be used in classrooms and libraries, if tools are fully provided to students.This video shows its possibilities.

 

Reference

QR code.com [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.qrcode.com/en/index.html  [Last Accessed 7 May 2014].

 

 

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Module2: OLJ Task Delicious

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Delicious

Delicious is one of social bookmarking web services for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks.
I prefer Delicious to others such as Furl and Simpy as its easiness.

The main reasons for this are as follows

Organizing my resources

In daily life, it can be a big challenge to read every interesting readings like news paper article on the web, and blog posts that is shared with my friends through SNS such as Twitter and Facebook as people including myself are driven by business  Therefore I bookmark them with Delicious for later, as whenever looking for information on a particular topic, I have a good collection of favorite articles and pages.

Tagging

I find some interesting when I am browsing the web or reading blog posts and articles. Even though I want to actually use that information, it is not necessarily at the time. Consequently I bookmark them instead of possibly forgetting about how the information is useful and then I tag each of bookmarks with chosen index terms and generating action tags instead.

Sharing

Search through useful and newly added websites added by a large community of users, for example I can find various information in INF206-506 community on Delicious. It is very helpful as It is efficient in terms of time and efforts.to search and locate a wide range of information.
Delicious can work as a support tool for learning at the school. For example, we, teachers share a lot of links to develop their ideas and create teaching materials. It is common to send email back and forth. I often try digging a bunch of emails to find something useful that I have seen once. It is a hard task. Instead of this boring job, set up Delicious account and bookmark items there. This way, whenever we want to see particular resources, we can refer to our Delicious bookmarks. This can be used to engage students to introduce useful information and it is not only learning new things, but also sharing what they learn with their peers.