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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 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

The millennials
The “Millennials” Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • Blogging

  • RSS Feeds

  • Wikis

  • Video

  • Podcasting

  • Tagging/Social Bookmarking

Blogging Generation” Library User

  • What’s a Blog?

  • Academic Libraries with Blogs

  • Blogging Glossary

    • Blogger

    • Blogging

    • Blogrolling

    • Post

Blogging Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • News and Events Blogs

  • Book Review Blogs

  • Promote Library Resources and Services

  • Subject Specific Blogs

Choosing a blog platform
Choosing a Blog Platform Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • What is RSS?

  • Creating RSS Feeds

  • Subscribing to RSS feeds



  • Why are RSS Feeds Useful?

Rss in the academic library
RSS in the Academic Library Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • Bibliographic Instruction Classes

  • Register your Feeds With Yahoo! RSS Browse by Topic Directory

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

Wikis Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User






Installed (hosted on your server)





Compare Wikis at WikiMatrix

Wiki Platforms

Wiki tips
Wiki Tips Generation” Library User

  • “Seeding” the Wiki

  • Documentation

  • Developing Content

  • Security

  • Guidelines

Video Generation” Library User

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

  • Can be a lot of fun!

  • Video Podcasts and “Vlogging”


Video sharing sites
Video Sharing Sites Generation” Library User

  • Google Video (beta)

  • (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 Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • Video Camera

  • Some Video Editing Programs

    • Windows Movie Maker

    • iMovie

    • Final Cut Pro

Podcasting Generation” Library User

  • 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.

Podcasting Generation” Library User

  • 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


  • List of libraries with podcasts

Podcasting Generation” Library User

  • 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




Podcasting Generation” Library User

  • Audio Podcasts


  • Video Podcasts (Vodcasts)


Social bookmarking
Social Bookmarking Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • Demonstration


  • 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 Generation” Library User

  • Blogging Links


    • (free)

    • (free)

    • (fee)

    • (free)

Links rss
Links-RSS Generation” Library User

  • Services that Generate RSS Feeds

    • FeedXS Feedbuilder

    • RSS Headliner

Links rss1
Links-RSS Generation” Library User

  • Programs that Generate RSS Feeds

    • RSS Builder (free)

    • FeedForAll (39.95)

Links wikis
Links-Wikis Generation” Library User

  • Wiki Applications

    • Seed Wiki (free)

    • Schtuff (free)

    • Media Wiki

    • Instiki

    • PmWiki

      • Example:

Links video
Links-Video Generation” Library User

  • YouTube

  • Blip

  • Google Video