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Nicole C. Engard South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative March 11, 2008 The 2.0 Office More than just Blogs & Wikis Today’s Schedule Quick intro to today’s tools Using Wordpress to create your own blog Getting your blog found Break & Play Time

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Nicole C. Engard

South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative

March 11, 2008

The 2.0 Office

More than just Blogs & Wikis


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Today’s Schedule

  • Quick intro to today’s tools

  • Using Wordpress to create your own blog

  • Getting your blog found

  • Break & Play Time

  • Setting up & posting to your own PBWiki

  • Intro to Google Docs, Presentations, Spreadsheets and Calendar

  • Other options for office tools

  • Tools not covered that are worth playing with

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Remotely Hosted

Stored on someone else’s server

May have a cost associated with it

Limited control

Easy to learn

Locally Hosted

Technical skills required

Your own web server required (will cost money)

Complete control

More of a learning curve

Blogging & Wiki Options

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Blog Tools

  • Many free and affordable tools to choose from

  • Weblog Matrix: weblogmatrix.org

  • Demo blog software: opensourcecms.com

  • Start with a freely hosted blog package to learn the ropes

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Let’s Play

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Getting Your Blog Found

  • Technorati

  • LibWorm

  • LisZen

  • LISWiki

  • Tools

    • FeedBurner

    • Pingoat

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BREAK

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Wiki Tools

  • Many free and affordable tools to choose from

  • Wiki Matrix: www.wikimatrix.org

  • Demo wiki software: opensourcecms.com

  • Start with a freely hosted wiki package to learn the ropes

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Let’s Play

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Intro to Online Office Tools

  • Work similar to Microsoft or Open Office Tools

  • Hosted online (accessible from any computer)

  • Privacy and Sharing options

  • Allow for collaboration without emailing the document back and forth

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Why??

  • Why use these tools?

    • Because it keeps information in one place.

    • Communication is scattered during projects

    • More people are telecommuting

    • It’s a way to work with colleagues in other offices

    • They’re easy to use (and mostly free)

  • Most importantly

    • Your patrons are using them!

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Communication Without Shared Tools

And now,everyone knows little bits and pieces

and no one knows everything.

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Keeping Everyone in the Loop

  • Shared tools allow you and your colleagues to work more productively and efficiently, never excluding someone who needs to be in the loop.

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Let’s Play

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Other Options

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Big names in Wikis

  • Remotely Hosted: Free

    • pbWiki

    • WetPaint

    • Wikispaces

  • Locally Hosted: Free

    • MediaWiki

    • PhpWiki

    • Twiki

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Big names in blogging

  • Remotely Hosted: Free

    • Wordpress.com

    • Blogger.com

  • Remotely Hosted: Fee Based

    • TypePad.com

    • LiveJournal.com

  • Locally Hosted: Free

    • WordPress.org

    • Moveable Type

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Big names in Office Tools

  • Google Docs, Presentations, Spreadsheets & Calendar

  • Zoho Office

  • ThinkFree Online

  • Comparisons

    • Computerworld (January 2007)

    • Read/Write Web (August 2007)

    • Wikipedia

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My Suggestions forOffice 2.0 Options

  • TypePad (http://typepad.com)

    • Not free, but a viable blogging option if you’re interesting in something hosted, but not as limited as WordPress and Blogger

  • Twiki (http://twiki.org/)

    • A bit easier than MediaWiki to use if you want to host your own wiki

  • Zoho (http://zoho.com/)

    • Offers the same functions as Google Docs, with a bunch of added tools that may be of interest to you and your staff

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What else can I play with?

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Other Possible Tools

  • Flickr (http://flickr.com)

    • Share your library’s photos online – can be made private so only library staff sees – or public for the world

  • Facebook (http://facebook.com)

    • Libraries can now have their own profile on Facebook – allowing you to reach your users on a new level – but also giving library staff members a sense of community and fun

  • LinkedIn (http://linkedin.com)

    • Professional networking tool that allows you to find connections and recommend colleagues for their work.

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Nicole C. Engard

Open Source Evangelist

LibLime – http://liblime.com

[email protected]

http://web2learning.net

Thank You


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