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Module 4: Making Web 2.0 work for your organisation

Posted by arlekeno on December 30, 2011

Module 4: Making Web 2.0 work for your organisation
Social media, social networking and libraries: Why bother?

In all organisations, new initiatives usually require significant amounts of $$$$ to kick-start new projects. Libraries and information agencies are no exception. However, working towards a Library 2.0 approach does not necessarily require major start-up funding, but it does require support from management for individuals and/or teams to invest some of their time into exploring the potential application of Web 2.0 technologies.

Can’t agree more, you tell me to do something but give me no time or budget you are telling me it is either not important or you want me to fail.

Now, time for a good quote on why we blog. Terri Bennett, director of the Webster Public Library (WPL), NY, believes blogs have the power to break down the institutional wall between libraries and their community members. “In my view, the more human we look, the more we personalize our services, the more connected we will be to our patrons,”

Explore the social networking ideas in AnnaLaura Brown’s two blog entries about top tools and trends for libraries on her Social Networking in Libraries [blog]:


  1. Which of these tools and trends has already impacted on your library or organisation?
  2. Which of these tools and trends have been discussed by people within your library or organisation as having potential in supporting its goals?
  3. Which of these tools and trneds have not yet hit your library or organisation’s radar?

If you have identified one or more tools or trends under Q2 and/or Q3, you may wish to consider exploring one of these further as the topic for your project (Assignment 1).

1) Only the Online referencing tools have been added to my schools arsenal I think. The twitter, Facebook,text a librarian are not always appropriate in a school library setting… especially when some of these features were only recently unbanned. ThougeReaders could be handy.

2) I think Blogs or an FB page could be useful for posting about new books, upcoming events etc. I am all for the new Google tools and I think training is kind of already happening, but would like more formal web 2.0 training to be done.

3) Mobile apps,(though i can search the catalog on my phone) podcasting, Flickr… though we could use flickr for the archives.

WHY TO USE IT? (And what to use)


Great Link to a site with lots of ways to use tools such as twitter.


Quick break from the module. I am keen to use google. Google + fpr communication, Docs for resources, sites as blogs or libguides.

I really want more google traingin! (or practice)…     Ok, back to the module.

Ways to use Twitter

Working the social: Twitter and FriendFeed – Let these social networking services do the filtering for you in Library Journal by Laura Carscaddon & Colleen S. Harris (15 June 2009)

20 Ways for Librarians To Use Twitter

Ask for Help

1. Ask for recommended books, products, or services.

2. Ask for help or advice about a topic of professional interest.

Be Helpful

3. Recommend a book, product, or service other librarians would be interested in.

4. Write a book list one tweet at a time, or link to a book list on the web.

5. Tweet about a useful resource on the web, a particular blog post, video, or web site.

6. Provide a daily tip like a word of the day, book of the day, random trivia, useful fact, or helpful resource.

7. Share new studies of interest to other professionals.

8. Celebrate timely events. Recognize author birthdays, Banned Books Week, and other events that affect your patrons.

Promote Yourself

9. Tweet about your library’s web site, blog, and/or podcast. Add a new tweet to let your followers know when you make updates.

10. Link to a book trailer or video booktalk you create.

11. Start a Twitter book club, and tweet your reactions to the book as you read.

12. Invite followers to an event (online or offline). Events can include library programs, book signings, talks, meetings, your online book club, webchat, etc.

13. Link to photos of your library and events.

Make Connections

14. Retweet someone else’s post that you found interesting.

15. Say thanks when someone retweets you or mentions you in their tweets.

16. Participate in #FollowFriday by recommending others people might want to follow.

17. Answer someone else’s general question, and reply to those who ask you a direct question @your_Library.

18. Schedule to meet fellow librarians at a conference, or organize a professional tweet-up in your area.

19. Make a personal connection with other librarians by sharing your favorite new book, video of the day, quote of the day, blog post, etc.

20. Ask others for their favorite posts, and reply with comments on their picks.

A former school librarian, Sonja Cole is the host of, a video booktalk web site for kids. You can follow her on Twitter @bookwink

Now, with that done, My brain shut down about an hour ago. Module 4 over, only Mod 5 to go and then the assessments.




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Module 3: Library 2.0 and participatory library services

Posted by arlekeno on December 28, 2011

I like the idea that web 2.0 is an attitude more than a technology. I suppose we always could have created our own content and interacted… now it is just easier.

Miller, P. (2005). Web 2.0: Building the new library, Ariadne, 45, 30 October. Retrieved from

THE 4 c’S OFR WEB 2.0

With the emergence of social networking sites, came the concept of Library 2.0, where libraries and information agencies harness not just the Web 2.0 technologies but the underlying principles (or 4Cs) of Web 2.0 – collaboration, conversation, community and content creation (or co-creation)… (AND MAYBE CROWD SOURCING).

ANYWAY: Some possible online Learning Journal tasks.

Arizona State University has gone one step further in developing regular short YouTube clips, called The Library Minute, where the host of this program (one of the ASU librarians) takes one minute of library users time to inform them about a new service, tools, or present ‘how-to-use’ guide. This is part of a fuller suite of Web 2.0 services which are published via thelibrarychannel: News, Information, and Announcements from ASU Libraries (using a WordPress blog as the channel’s engine).

ActivityVisit ASU’s collection of The Library Minute videos and view five (5) of these one minute videos, then visit two (2) of the other Web 2.0 tools used as part of the ASU Library Channel suite at Write a critical evaluation on ASU Libraries’ use of these platforms to achieve the 4Cs of social media (in no more than 350 words).


ACTIVITYREAD the post A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries (22 January, 2010) on the Social Networking for Libraries blog. Consider this advice in terms of a library and information agency that you know (as an employee or user). Select advice from five (5) letters of this A-Z list and consider how these may be applied to this library to help it embrace a Library 2.0 ethos. Write up your findings as a post (of no more than 350 words in your OLJ).



ACTIVITYView this YouTube video called ‘Building Academic Library 2.0’. This is part of a symposium sponsored by Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley Division in 2007. While this presentation is over one (1) hour in duration, there are a number of key points raised by a number of speakers, including the keynote speaker Meredith Farkas, that relate to any library or information agency that is trying to transfrom their library into a 2.0 Library. 

Consider advice provided by one or more of the speakers in terms of a library and information agency that you know (as an employee or user). Select five (5) key pieces of advice from these speakers, and consider how these may be applied to your library to help it embrace a Library 2.0 ethos. Write up your findings as a post (of no more than 350 words in your OLJ).


Websites for libraries.. I wonder how much of this would apply to using an FB page? Mathews, B. (2009). Web design matters: Ten essentials for any library site. Library Journal, (15 February). Retrieved from

What is a web 2.o Librarian?

I like this criteria.

Sees the potential in using content sources like the Open

Content Alliance, Google Book Search and


Thats part if my Assessment task right there!

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Mod 2 Cont. Virtual worlds and video conferencing.

Posted by arlekeno on December 27, 2011

An Ethos of Play in web 2.o (love the course notes for great quotes).

CSU has a 2nd life page. Not sure I would use 2nd life for school work, I think video conferencing would be easier. Or just something not so graphically heavy ( cpu and internet use).

Helmer, J., & Learning Light (2007). Second Life and virtual worlds Available from makes the point that SURL is not made for education, though it does hacve lots of strengths, e.g. access to a wide range of groups and all being in the same place etc. BUT. pg 8… it talks of barriers and distractions. It would allow private “note passing” or just too many flashing lights. Thought I still think the big disadvantage is that you can’t use a browser or word when playing, so have to come out to take down or create.PG 12 mentions the cost, I would think of both cost to student (fast enough computer and internet etc pg 22 ) as well as the school, especially if they wanted to buy land.Training of 4 hours doesn’t really phase me much, you need to train at anything to use it well.

Could be good for the virtual museum tours, links to videos etc. That would be impressive ( If I had a room with 30 computers and all with headphones at school or knew the kids had access to it out of school). PG 17 on gives examples of use, Most appear to be demonstrations or experiences. I Really want to go to the Gothic Lit Island

Gothic Literature:

I also worry about (pg 25) Griefers… Too many ways a class could be distracted by a griefer, and what is the schools liability if a student gets hacked or groomed?

May do the ACTIVITY on slurl for the OLJ.


A good quote here on how immersion can help students.
Immersive Interfaces for
Engagement and Learning
Chris Dede
Immersion is the subjective impression that one is participating in a comprehensive, realistic
experience. Interactive media now enable various degrees of digital immersion. The more a virtual
immersive experience is based on design strategies that combine actional, symbolic, and sensory
factors, the greater the participant’s suspension of disbelief that she or he is “inside” a digitally
enhanced setting. Studies have shown that immersion in a digital environment can enhance
education in at least three ways: by allowing multiple perspectives, situated learning, and transfer.
Further studies are needed on the capabilities of immersive media for learning, on the instructional
designs best suited to each type of immersive medium, and on the learning strengths and
preferences these media develop in users

Suspension of disbelief… can we get the students to take on the persona of someone who studies hard? 😛


Have to admit at the moment to be more interested in Audio sharing than Video or Photo sharing… mainly because I think it is the least well done of the three options, hence my interest in audiboo.


Wow, a uni has an all hours ask a librarian? that is amazing! I wonder how they fund it, or if they have a call centre in India.



Starting to see the benefit of second life here. its all in one place. This seems a bit costly and complicated to me… I wish I had more time to be tech up to date.


Anyway, here ends module two, the boxing day test is about to open day two, and I am rethinking my view of 2nd life for my assessment task. Happy Holidays.



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Module 2: Web 2.0 technologies and social software

Posted by arlekeno on December 24, 2011

Micro-blogging, Wikis, Didn’t we cover this already?

Ok, I do just like this word ( about tagging)

Folksonomy is the result of personal free tagging of information and objects (anything with a URL) for one’s own retrieval. The tagging is done in a social environment (usually shared and open to others). Folksonomy is created from the act of tagging by the person consuming the information. (Source:

No doubt folksonomy has an advantage in quickness, but loses to taxonomy in precision… though sometimes, using the terms that normal people use is a bonus.


Not used QR codes a lot, have never needed too, but when I have they are handy. I do not see why they wont be about more.


Think about how the flexibility around intellectual property enables a digital economy where the creative re-use of online objects and data sources allows for the creation of new objects and products.

Thinking about Mashups, I suppose I do use them. E.g. I use Twitter to sign into Audioboo, Google to sign in to youtube. I really need to pay more attention to this.. Though I am aware of my private accounts blending with my public ones with too much information sharing.

SOCIAL NETWORKING.. remember myspace.. he he

A few sights there I have never heard of, Can’t be bothered checking though because I already have a lot of social networking stuff.. Maybe this is resistance to new tech 😛 No point using something if your friends don’t… Its why I don’t use orkut anymore.

Good criteria for social networks here.

and how to survive online

Finally RSS


Now that you have explored some examples of how libraries and the media make use of RSS to deliver updated information and the applications that can tailor and aggregate feeds for specific users, find two (2) additional examples of ‘RSS in action’, and develop a 350 word post to your OLJ on how RSS can enhance a library or information service’s ability to meet the information needs of its


I wonder if I could do RSS from Dice of Doom, rather than ABC or State library 😛

Enough Study for an Xmas Eve Morn/Afternoon… More work tomorrow!


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Module 1: Web 2.0, Social networking and the social life of information.

Posted by arlekeno on December 23, 2011

Definitions of Web 2.0 appear to be all about sharing and interconnecteddness.

So searching, tagging, wiki’s etc. Stuff a lot of my friends nad I have been doing for ages really, but now instead of us all just blogging and commentating, we can edit stuff and embed it etc. is a great spot, as is for the kind of things I ahve been into. hard to believe that Forum boards are now so “Web 1.0”

interesting video, not just for its Audio doco style but for his ideas, such as We need to use somethign to learn it and know if it is good for us, That technology is a self organising organism, and why some people refuse use of some tech. Looking at this, I am in almost all the slots  (except mmo.. at the moment)

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Holidays and my Assessment

Posted by arlekeno on December 22, 2011

The School year is over and teachers get their first holiday of the year.

So, I will now use it to get a shake on with my assessment task.

I have decided I will review Twitter, Facebook, Google +, the Google Suite, and audioboo.

I think I have a mix of well known and new web 2.0 tools as well as one web 3.o.

They last few weeks I have spent going over readings to on social media and networking and I think thanks to the

Lyn hay Daily

What I want to do now is find some readings to help with a set of criteria to use to judge these tools worth for schools.

I think it needs to be things such as, easy to use, few downsides (e.g. prone to bullying) so maybe a partially closed system


So, Official Ass.2 post

1) The Technologies to be used:

Facebook, Twitter, Google +, the Google Suite, Twitter, and Audioboo

2) The title of the project will be:

An evaluation of Social networking tools for educational use.

3) This project will evaluate a range of web 2.0 and 3.0 tools for their usefulness in educational settings.

Issues addressed will include 2 way communication, both immediate and delayed, ease of use, prevention of misuse, data storage, learning new skills, and capacity to aide collaboration and educational outcomes.

4: I expect this project will find ways to use social networking tools which will benefit to the classroom, identify pitfalls, and find which tools are best suited to which job.

5: Project Plan:

  1. Identify tools
  2. Set a criteria to judge tools by
  3. conduct experiments on capabilities and limitations of tools
  4. Read literature relating to how these tools have been used in the past
  5. Collate results.


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Second LIfe

Posted by arlekeno on December 16, 2011

Tuesday night saw my first foray into Second life as part of a university tour.

Our guide showed us around the CSU second life base, as well as a few basics of movement and talking. It was not anything I didn’t know, but it was good to meet other people in the course and use 2nd life  in the manner in which we are intended to for the course.

I have had  some chats in Esperanto language lecture theatres but I am interested to see how we use it for the M.Ed. I think I could see how it woud be useful for classes, I am not entirely convinced we could not do it ujust using Chat or audio, rather than with the viusal aspect, or the virtual reality aspect (which I think can be slow). Also, second life tends to take a whole computer to run, so I can’t open a Document or search browser AND be on 2nd life, a major weakness of it my opinion.

In other news, My assignment would most likely be on several social networking tools and how they can be used for Schools. I am pretty excited about this, Many thanks to Lyn Hay.

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