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  1. Elena Corradini Biblioteca Comunale di Ala (Trento)‏ 29th ADLUG MEETING in Trento, Italy 22-24 September 2010 Libraries and Social Tools (Are we “geek” enough?)‏

  2. Social Tools: What are they? • Tools that allow web interactions between many participants in different forms, basically for: • communication (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)‏ • file sharing (Flickr, YouTube, etc.)‏ • common knowledge construction (wikis, blogs, etc.)‏

  3. How many registered users? • Anobii – not known • Flickr – >32,000,000 • MySpace - >130,000,000 • Ning – not known • Twitter - >75,000,000 • Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites • (last access: 28/07/2010)‏

  4. Are social tools just a flare? • Social tools are considered an evolution / a revolution from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 (depending on points of view)‏ • Used by many millions people all around the world, for leisure / work / education • Most successful ones started about 5 years ago

  5. Web 2.0 • Web features allow website creators and users to interact with each other • Flexibility vs. stability • Innovation vs. “tradition”


  6. Web 1.0 > Web 2.0 • Personal websites > Weblogs • CMS >Wikis • Stickiness > Syndication • One administrator > many collaborators

  7. Library 2.0: Why? • To promote active participation of users • To create enriched OPACs • To involve users in creating new services • BUT: • Is this only a dream? • Can we make it real? • Do we really want to?

  8. What about Librarians 2.0? • Which are our models? • What are our stakeholders doing? • Are we ready to... • - be less prescriptive? • - integrate suggestions from users? • - always be in a “beta version” in our libraries?

  9. Which tools are we (librarians) using? • Social communication tools? • File sharing tools? • Knowledge Organisation tools? • Other?

  10. Do we use bookmarking tools or book social tools? • Which differences can we perceive with our OPACs? • Should we integrate some features? • Which of them would be desirable? • How can we be sure?

  11. Perceptions on Web 2.0 • Strengths • ... • Weaknesses • ... • Opportunities • ... • Threats • ...

  12. Do we agree with the idea of... • The Catalog Manifesto, saying: “The Catalog is not ours... Catalogs must speak the user's language”?(C. Harris, The Catalog Manifesto, available at: http://schoolof.info/infomancy/?p=388)‏ • Having to deal with networks, because in case we don't, networks will deal with us?(M. Castells, The Internet Galaxy, 2001).

  13. Do we agree with the idea of... (2)‏ • The Cluetrain Manifesto, saying: “Libraries are conversations”?(‏The Cluetrain Manifesto, 1999-, http://www.cluetrain.com/#manifesto)‏ • The IFLA Statement of International Cataloging Principles?(IFLA, 2008-2009)‏ • 6.1: Access points... may be controlled or uncontrolled (e.g. keywords)‏ • 2. Several principles direct the construction of cataloguing codes. The highest is the convenience of the user.

  14. ...and Social Virtual Life is on... Constant Change Informal / Natural Language Folksonomies ... “Convergence culture”? • Libraries are based on... • Standards • Formal language • Taxonomies • ...

  15. Between freedom and control • KMS-centric and/or user-centric catalogs • Going towards commercial features and viceversa (Amazon, etc.)? • Role of libraries in ontology creation? • Role of users in tagging (e.g.: special, local history collections)?

  16. How do we perceive our future? • Traditional or Innovative? • (100%) Formal or (...%?) Informal? • Which will be our role as librarians?

  17. Examples

  18. Social messaging

  19. Social bookmarking and annotating:favouritesimagesvideosbooks

  20. Social Tools: What are they? • Tools that allow web interactions between many participants in different forms, basically for: • communication (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)‏ • file sharing (Flickr, YouTube, etc.)‏ • common knowledge construction (wikis, blogs, etc.)‏

  21. Personal information management • To share with friends • To share with colleagues • To let it open to any comment

  22. Using social tools as librariesUsing user friendly strategies

  23. Quick Resume • Just to summarize...

  24. ecorradini67@gmail.com Thank you for your participation!‏