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“Next Generation” Technologies for the “Next Generation” Library User. OR: How to Get Students to Think that the Library is Cool Kristen DeVoe Electronic Resources Librarian College of Charleston [email protected] http://www.cofc.edu/~devoek. The “Millennials”. Born between 1982-2000

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Next generation technologies for the next generation library user

“Next Generation” Technologies for the “Next Generation” Library User

OR: How to Get Students to Think that the Library is Cool

Kristen DeVoe

Electronic Resources Librarian

College of Charleston

[email protected]

http://www.cofc.edu/~devoek


The millennials

The “Millennials”

  • Born between 1982-2000

  • Have a positive view of technology

  • Desire customization in all aspects of their lives

  • Are visual learners

  • Easily multitask

  • Get bored easily

  • Extremely Tech Savvy


Putting social technology to work for your library

Putting Social Technology to Work for Your Library

  • Blogging

  • RSS Feeds

  • Wikis

  • Video

  • Podcasting

  • Tagging/Social Bookmarking


Blogging

Blogging

  • What’s a Blog?

  • Academic Libraries with Blogs

  • Blogging Glossary

    • Blogger

    • Blogging

    • Blogrolling

    • Post


Blogging1

Blogging

  • Can be a successful way to promote library resources and services.

  • Easy to publish the content online

  • Many blogging programs are free or inexpensive.


Before you blog

Before You Blog

  • Who is your target audience?

  • What is the purpose of the blog?

  • What kinds of content will blog posts include?


Before you blog1

Before You Blog

  • Target Audience

    • Who are they? Students, faculty, the outside community?

    • What are the typical readers like?

    • What kinds of posts will target readers respond best to? Short posts or longer detailed posts?

    • Is a blog the best publication medium for your audience?

    • Is your target audience online in sufficient enough numbers to make a blog worthwhile?


Before you blog2

Before You Blog

  • Purpose & Content

    • What are the key messages that you’re trying to convey with your blog?

    • What kinds of information will you include?

    • Is your target audience interested in this information? Will they read the blog?


Using blogs in the library

Using Blogs in the Library

  • News and Events Blogs

  • Book Review Blogs

  • Promote Library Resources and Services

  • Subject Specific Blogs


Choosing a blog platform

Choosing a Blog Platform

  • Local Software Installation or Remote Hosting?

  • Factors to Consider

    • Archives

    • Categories

    • Search

    • Comments

    • Subscription Capabilities

    • Syndication

    • Design


Promoting your library blog

Promoting Your Library Blog

  • Link on library homepage and secondary pages such as library events pages.

  • Catalog links-to and from the blog.

  • Bibliographic Instruction Classes

  • At the Reference Desk and Circulation Desk

  • On college radio or tv stations and email lists.

  • Courseware such as Blackboard or WebCT


Tips for a successful library blog

Tips for a Successful Library Blog

  • Regularly updated content – so that readers will depend on and expect new daily content

  • Good Content –Will your users follow a blog that offers stories on schedule changes, new books, and policy reminders? Probably not. Give them ideas and information that keeps them coming back.

  • Can be maintained in 15-20 minutes daily. Blogs can involve considerable work. The last thing you want is spending any more than is necessary. With good content it can updated frequently.


Rss feeds

RSS Feeds

  • What is RSS?

  • Creating RSS Feeds

  • Subscribing to RSS feeds

    • http://www.feedreader.com/

    • http://libraries.ou.edu/rss/

  • Why are RSS Feeds Useful?


Rss in the academic library

RSS in the Academic Library

  • Announce the availability of new books and materials in a given subject area

  • Announce the availability of new electronic resources

  • Promote events organized in the library to faculty and students

  • Enhance Library Instruction for different courses by integrating appropriate resources

  • Announce availability of new research and learning opportunities in academic departments’ blogs


Promoting library rss feeds

Promoting Library RSS Feeds

  • Bibliographic Instruction Classes

  • Register your Feeds With Yahoo! RSS Browse by Topic Directory http://help.yahoo.com/fast/help/us/my/cgi_rss_submission

  • Hand out informative flyers & bookmarks introducing the feeds at orientation and on library tours.


Wikis

Wikis

  • What is a wiki?

    • Content Management System

    • A website in which content can be created and edited by a community of users.

    • Wikipedia is a good example of a wiki

    • Pages connected by hyperlinks

    • The strength of a wiki as a resource is often dependent on the strength of the contributing community.


Wiki components

Wiki Components

  • Pages that the wiki community users can add to or edit

    • (example)

  • Discussion area on each page

    • example

  • Lists changes made to a particular page

  • List of changes made to entire website

  • Search function (example)


Benefits of wikis

Benefits of Wikis

  • Easy to use

    • Web-based

    • Simple syntax (don't need to know HTML)

  • Anyone can make changes – you don’t have to contact the webmaster or subject guide editor to make changes

  • Many free and open source options

  • Flexible and extensible


Wikis in the academic library

Wikis in the Academic Library

  • Subject Guides as Wikis

    • Discussion section where users can add comments to the subject guide

    • Users can easily subscribe to RSS feeds for particular subjects and be updated on changes to the subject guide

    • St. Joseph County Public Library (Indiana)

    • Ohio University CommWiki


Wikis in the academic library1

Wikis in the Academic Library

  • Multi-Disciplinary Subject Guides (ex. A guide on women’s studies/film studies)

  • Events Pages

  • Courseware for BI classes (example)

  • Popular Reference Questions (Internal Use)


Wiki platforms

Hosted

Wikia

JotSpot

PBWiki

SeedWiki

WetPaint

Installed (hosted on your server)

MediaWiki

PMWiki

TWiki

PhpWiki

Compare Wikis at WikiMatrix

Wiki Platforms


Wiki tips

Wiki Tips

  • “Seeding” the Wiki

  • Documentation

  • Developing Content

  • Security

  • Guidelines


Video

Video

  • Create a library presence where your users are on video sharing sites like YouTube and Blip.tv

  • Can be a lot of fun!

  • Video Podcasts and “Vlogging”

    • http://www.ahml.info/vlog/121806.asp


Video sharing sites

Video Sharing Sites

  • Google Video (beta)

  • Blip.tv (beta)

  • YouTube

    • Hosts over 6 million videos with a growth rate of 20% a month


Uses of video in the academic library

Uses of Video in the Academic Library

  • Promote New Library Products and Services (example)

  • Serve as an “icebreaker” in bibliographic instruction classes (example)

  • Promote the library staff and services (example)

  • Highlight Special Events etc. At the Library (example)

  • Instructional Videos and Tutorials (example)

  • Student Involvement through Video Contests (example)


Video equipment

Video Equipment

  • Video Camera

  • Some Video Editing Programs

    • Windows Movie Maker

    • iMovie

    • Final Cut Pro


Podcasting

Podcasting

  • Simple means of distributing audio (or video) content using syndication feeds (such as RSS)

  • Users can subscribe to a feed of a podcast’s audio content and receive automatic downloads of new content as it is made available online.


Podcasting1

Podcasting

  • Record an audio file

  • Add your audio file to an RSS feed

  • Market your podcasts!

    • Bibliographic Instruction

    • Reference Desk

    • School Paper

    • Orientation and Library Tours

  • http://www.podcasting-tools.com/

  • List of libraries with podcasts http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Podcasting


Podcasting2

Podcasting

  • Library Tours (example)

  • Interviews with faculty, students, writers, etc. (example)

  • Recordings of library events and speakers

  • Description of new resources

  • Bibliographic Instruction

  • Add subject specific podcasts to subject guides

    • http://www.podcast.net/

    • http://podcasts.yahoo.com/

    • http://www.podcastdirectory.com/


Podcasting3

Podcasting

  • Audio Podcasts

    • http://www.gpc.edu/~declib/podcasts.htm

  • Video Podcasts (Vodcasts)

    • http://www.asu.edu/lib/librarychannel/


Social bookmarking

Social Bookmarking

  • What is Social Bookmarking?

    • System for internet users to store, classify, share, and search internet bookmarks.

    • Relies on user “tagging” to describe resources.(example)

    • Users can click on tags to find other resources related to that tag.


Social bookmarking1

Social Bookmarking

  • Advantages

    • Semantically classified tags

    • Access bookmarks from any computer connected to the internet

    • find which sites are related to a particular site ("who ever bookmarked this, also bookmarked...")

    • Share bookmarks with friends & colleagues


Social bookmarking2

Social Bookmarking

  • Disadvantages

    • No standard set of keywords (controlled vocabulary)

    • Mistagging due to spelling error

    • No standard for the structure of tags (capital letters, punctuation)

    • Multiple meanings for one tag

    • No indication of hierarchical relationship (ex. Cat and Siamese)


Social bookmarking3

Social Bookmarking

  • Demonstration

  • Del.icio.us

  • Connotea

    • Automatically extract bibliographic information

    • Identifiy articles by DOI

    • Import and export references

    • Narrower focus (scientific community)

  • CiteULike

    • automatically extracts the citation details

    • Import and export references

    • specifically designed to work with academic papers


Links

Links

  • Blogging Links

    • http://www.blogwithoutalibrary.net/links/index.php?title=Academic_libraries

    • www.blogger.com (free)

    • www.livejournal.com (free)

    • www.TypePad.com (fee)

    • www.vox.com (free)


Links rss

Links-RSS

  • Services that Generate RSS Feeds

    • FeedXS Feedbuilder http://www.feedxs.com/

    • RSS Headliner http://www.webdevtips.com/webdevtips/codegen/rss.shtml


Links rss1

Links-RSS

  • Programs that Generate RSS Feeds

    • RSS Builder (free) http://home.hetnet.nl/mr_2/43/bsoft/rssbuilder/

    • FeedForAll (39.95) http://www.feedforall.com/


Links wikis

Links-Wikis

  • Wiki Applications

    • Seed Wiki (free) http://www.seedwiki.com/

    • Schtuff (free) http://www.schtuff.com/

    • Media Wiki http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki

    • Instiki http://instiki.org/show/HomePage

    • PmWiki http://www.pmwiki.org/

      • Example: https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/Staff/HomePage


Links video

Links-Video

  • YouTube http://www.youtube.com

  • Blip http://www.blip.tv

  • Google Video http://video.google.com/


  • Login