WiLSWorld Conference 2010 – July 21, 2010 Allan R Barclay Ebling Library, UW-Madison. Gadgets, Widgets & Other Embeddables : Microcontent for the Masses. Blogs – short post excerpts, quoted text and post/comment feeds News sites – slideshows, embedded videos, tickers
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WiLSWorld Conference 2010 – July 21, 2010
Allan R Barclay
Ebling Library, UW-Madison
Gadgets, Widgets & Other Embeddables: Microcontent for the Masses
Microcontent has been around for years
Then came YouTube and all that 2.0 stuff
Where are you taking me?
The Presenter and Presentation
These definitions are imperfect and broad - perhaps criminally so
There is way too much content in these slides to cover in a presentation – consider them the handout, not the class (“CiL style”)
These slides are dull – no images, code or diagrams – sorry!
The examples should or will be more exciting
The Subject Matter at Hand
Axioms, Caveats & Excuses
Here’s a picture – a dog who thinks she’s a cat:
RSS Feeds – the workhorse of microcontent
Widgets – make a personalized info dashboard or start page
Embeds – lively up your blog or website
Some Examples of Microcontent
Installables – turn your browser into a Swiss army knife
LibGuides & other pathfinders
Learn@UW and other learning management systems
Some Library Use Cases
Current awareness or other services
Library Ideas – RSS Feeds
Library Ideas – Widgets
Library Ideas – Embeds
Library Ideas – Installables
PubMed & other literature database results
Forward, AquaBrowser - catalogs & OPACS
Library Examples – Search
Prominent search boxes
YouTube and other video embeds
Handouts and other documentation
Library Examples – Instruction
Interactive Tutorials & Coursework
Feed parsing and display
Feed filtering and cleanup
Tools – RSS Feeds
Feed customization & creation
Video & Images
Tools – Embeds
Tools – Widgets & Installables
HTML or application-based
Widget Focus – Google Gadgets
The Future ?
Wrapup & Conclusions
Questions? Comments? Tips?
No? Then go home!
That’s All Folks!