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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.

 

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Module1: What is Web.2.0?

web1vsweb2

What is Web.2.0?

A typical Web 1.0 activity may have been reading an article and just retrieve information online, about say, Koala. It is merely ‘reading’ and makes most users recipients. Only people who have professional knowledge and skills are information senders.
Typical Web 2.0 activities take users sites where they can read and add information, edit and correct an article about Koala, for example “Wikipedia”. Also users can create their own sites and communicate its site visitors. It invites users not only information recipient but also information editor and writer, it is not one way activity like Web 1.0. Anybody can contribute to the content available to others in a user friendly way.

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Module 1: Introduction

illust1814How do the concepts and findings in these sections of the OCLC report reflect your view of the socially networked world in 2014?

 It has been over 6 years since the publication of the 2007 OCLC report, and over that period, I am sure that the divide between digital natives and digital immigrants has narrowed much further. Since the generation of users who were born before the internet adopting various types of digital technologies.

I am a digital immigrant who has a keen desire to learn and apply Web 2.0 tools in order to improve my skills and to catch up with my students who are digital natives.

Nowadays, the focuses of internet activities have moved from information search and exploration towards creating information and contributing to others. This is made easy by new and friendlier social network sites such as Facebook, which has overtaken MySpace since the publication of the OCLC report.

Through the readings, it is useful to note the difference between social network sites and social media sites. It is interesting to note that since 2007, YouTube is the most popular social media sites by country and by age group. There are many popular sites which I have never heard. It is very interesting to see that each country has different trends and chooses to adapt different social network.