Posts filed under ‘Web 2.0’
As promised in my post on February 20th User 2.0 Innovative Library Sites (Part 1- Academic Libraries) here is Part 2 of the preliminary list of Innovative Library Sites – this time for public libraries. Thanks again to David M. Drados, PhD student at Rutgers University, SCILS, and Lynn Silipigni Connaway of OCLC. This list was compiled from suggestions of librarians from the dig_ref listserv, from journal articles, and librarian colleagues.
Again, this list is not meant to be definitive, is a work in progress designed to start a discussion. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed!
- Ann Arbor District Library (MI) Uses the open source Drupal content management system with incorporates blogging, tagging, user comments, and RSS feeds. Its location page is tied into Google Maps.
- Arlington Heights Memorial Library (IL)
Features “Vlogs” – Video casts.
- Atlantic City Public Library (NJ)
Site features podcasts as well as RSS feeds.
- Denver Public Library (CO)
Has RSS feeds for library news and local events, podcasts, teen MySpace Account.
- Goshen Public Library & Historical Society (NY)
Maintains several blogs on various topics—book reviews, computers, library news, and also has a MySpace page.
- Hennepin County Library (MN)
Has blogs for library news and teens, RSS feeds built into the catalog along with user reviews/comments, a MySpace account and, podcasts.
- Memorial Hall Library (MA)
Library director maintains a Blog and site has a wiki with an accumulated collection of reference question called “Andover Answers,” teen podcasts, and a MySpace page and an online community calendars.
- Mesa County Public Library District (CO)
Has a library director blog, a staff “librarian’s love” blog, and links to online book clubs.
- Salida Regional Library (CO)
Links to Library Elf which allows users to track due dates on checked out items; local digital archive link, downloadable audio books, director (weekly) newspaper articles, and staff recommendations.
- Stevens County Rural Library District (WA)
Maintains a library news blog and a public wiki project designed to create a guide to Stevens County, including local history.
- Westerville Public Library (OH)
Features director, teen and adult services blogs, library Flickr and MySpace presence, RSS feeds, podcasts and videocasts, user rating of catalog items with links to Amazon, B&N, Novelist and Syndetics for reviews.
- Worthington Libraries (OH)
Has a teen blog along with an associated MySpace site.
the first of several for Course 502 MLIS Colloquium (Spring 2007).
We were honored to be asked to speak and even more honored that so many people turned out on a sub-zero night to hear us talk.
As promised, here is a list of links from the talk. We would be interested in your feedback so please leave us comments or feel free to email us.
A Few Flickr’ing Libraries (and examples of what libraries can do with Flickr):
- Alexandrian Public Library (Indiana) — promoting library events.
- San Marino Public Library (California) — documenting a library building project.
- St. Joseph County Public Library (Indiana) — a variety of sets that range from public to staff events, building updates, new services, and more.
- Newark Public Library (New Jersey) — a wonderful tour of the unique art and architectural features of their historic main library building.
- Thomas Ford Memorial Library (Illinois) — lots of interesting sets, but in particular check out their Thommy Ford Abroad set!
Flickr Groups for Librarians (especially those from NJ):
- New Jersey Libraries
- NJ Library Events
- Libraries and Librarians
- Librarian Trading Cards (including mine in a tiara).
- Librarians’ Desks
YouTube Must Sees:
- A Librarian’s 2.0 Manifesto
- Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us
- iACPL (and the equally great follow-up iACPL 3.0)
- Ray of Light (SJCPL)
- Seattle Public Library
We mentioned a lot of blogs and most (if not all) can be found on our blogroll, so take a peek at who we have listed and start reading. In particular, last night we focussed on Tame The Web and blyberg.net as well as the Ann Arbor District Library web site.
Two of the wikis mentioned last night included the Subject Guides at SJCPL and Princeton’s BookLovers wiki as well as the various wikis being put in to place for conferences. I meant to mention, but it slipped my mind, Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. If you want to have a chance to play with a wiki and contribute content, this wiki is a great place to start.
I will end this post just as we ended our talk, by linking to the Web Trend Map created by Information Architects [pictured above]. As they say on their site:
The iA Trend Map shows all the big players, the current Internet trends and how they’re connected, using the Tokyo Metro map. It’s totally unscientific and almost useless, but definitely fun to look at.
Note: I think that is everything that we promised to provide links to for future reference. If I forgot something let me know. Or if we mentioned something and you want more details, drop us a line.
By way of Boing Boing…
Check out this amazing video,”Web 2.0… the Machine is Us/ing Us,” created by Michael Wesch, Assistant Cultural Anthropology Professor at Kansas State University.
What a great way to kick off the first 5 minutes of any web 2.0 workshop or discussion!
Stephen Abram is dong a one-hour “teleconference on learning faster,” entitled “15 Minutes a Day! All It Takes to Keep Up in a 2.0 World with Stephen Abram” this coming Thursday, February 8th at 11 AM ET for librarians “who want to learn more about keeping up with the vast amount of information and change in our 2.0 world.” Sound interesting? Go to his blog post for more information and to register, and see the excerpt below to get you even more interested!:
“Stephen shares his techniques and tips for keeping up and increasing the capacity of library staff to add tools, resources, learning and insights. Learn about 2.0 and add tricks to your kitbag of processes and techniques for keeping up with important changes and opportunities.
- Tips & techniques for keeping up with the tsunami of information
- Tools for enhancing capacity to sort through information
- Pointers for determining which trends and pieces of information are important for the library world
- Some of the top trends that our speaker [Abram] is watching”