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Part 2A: INF506 Evaluative Report. Draft1

Posted by arlekeno on January 31, 2012

Part 2A


During this course, through readings, OLJ activities and the Assessment tasks the objectives of the course have been met. The various networking tools have been joined, used and reviewed with reference to the articles provided in the modules and found in external study.

What it means to be a Librarian 2.0 has been taught using the tools of web 2.0 such as Youtube videos.

These tools have been studied for their ability to meet the needs of organisations and individuals, in both OLJ and Assessments.

And the procedural and policy issues, as well as the social issues have been commented on.

Objectives of the course.

1) demonstrate an understanding of social networking technologies;

This objective was met in all of the OLJs and the course. To take part in the course we needed to join Twitter, Facebook, etc. In completing the activities in the notes and for the assessment these tools had to be read about and used.

The various readings in the notes explaining the differences between Library 1.0 and 2.0. and these technologies were examined in the way they could be used by a Librarian 2.0, an example of this can be seen in OLJ 3 on delicious where the tool was found to be useful for its collaborative ease.

2) demonstrate an understanding of concepts, theory and practice of Library 2.0 and participatory library service;

This objective was demonstrated in all 3 of the OLJ’s.

In OLJ 1, the use of the “4 C’s” collaboration, conversation, community and content creation, was discussed, and how they were being met by A.S.U. Libraries using Web 2.o technologies. Understanding that Library 2.0 uses Web 2.0 applications to meet these 4C’s.

In OLJ 2, Theoretical and practical issues of using Social networking in a library were discussed and how they could be of benefit and or carried out. Also the need for a focussed direction was discussed.

In OLJ 3, The Concepts of following, sharing and cloud storage were also covered with reference to Delicious, a service I have been using for several years now, but which could easily be turned to an online reference list for a class.

3) critically examine the features and functionality of various social networking tools to meet the information needs of users;

In OLJ 3, Delicious is critically examined and found to be very useful academically, both for students/teachers storing links or for sharing, in no small part due to the ease of its interface as well as the service it provides for free.

OLJ 2. discusses how Social networking can be used to communicate information to readers, and how a library page could be used to pass on links to eBooks or Videos.

OLJ1 reviews how a library is using these features to meet information needs. For example, the speed and simplicity of twitter to supply quick responses.

4) evaluate social networking technologies and software to support informational and collaborative needs of workgroups, communities and organisations; and

This objective is covered mostly in OLJ 3, on Delicious, with the examination of the group following feature, which enables a workgroup or community to add links. This objective was also covered somewhat in OLJ one with discussion on ASU library’s communication with students.

5) demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural, educational, ethical, and technical management issues that exist in a socially networked world, and how information policy is developed and
implemented to support such issues.

These issues were explored mostly in OLJ 2, with the references to the equality of access to the internet, the ethics of not using these tools, which are culturally part of the connected generation, as well as reference to school policies regarding social media.

The technical management issues were mentioned regarding clickview and the DER laptops, fortunately, with the exception of second life, which, from my experience, doesn’t work properly without a high speed connection and an up to date computer, most of the social networking tools are simple enough even to be accessed to a degree by smart phone, let alone the school system.


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