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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