Posts tagged ‘web 2.0’
Student: Sociology of Education; Librarian: Educational Sociology
Challenges to our catalogs:
Web 2.0 is made of people
Zogby poll: 24% say Internet can take the place of a significant other, at least for awhile
Transactional memory (study of couples) – couples learn what each other can remember
photo matching with contacts – id based on profile
The Web is powerful
when developed, realm of academics, then business, then became something other than what we predicted
metaphor: transportation: drive-through restaurants where people drive through and then sit in car in parking lot to eat
primacy of automobile is that it allows individuals to go where they want (as opposed to mass transit)
economics of plenty rather than economics of scarcity
Linux – IBM saves 900,000,000 because of linux
Web is evolutionary
Lessons from Web 2.0
We get one chance to prove that we’re not stupid
we’re trying to bend old systems to meet current needs, without fixing them
search boxes are for asking question
can you include search tips or guides in your results
links are citations
We are not the center of the universe
people use info from all different sources, and send it out in different ways
YouTube “easy embed code”
It should be easier for our customers to link to our catalogs
Valid, clean, semantic markup is essential
Sites that allow comments value their users
Your website is not a marketing tool…it’s a service point
faceted search and browsing tool
based on WordPress
free, open source
set of plugins for WordPress that lets you connect with library catalog/website
has III importer!!!
really ILS agnostic
Setting up the new stuff: planning & implementing Library 2.0
Good session: David discussed some of the things to think about before implementing web 2.0 features for your library (that’s where the planning comes in). Since it is so easy to set up and get started with many of the 2.0 products and services, people often jump in without thinking about it, and end up with poorly planned, poorly maintained, or abandoned sites and pages. Don’t let this happen to you!
Think through goals for the service – what do you hope to accomplish? Keep these in line with your other library goals. Consider who will do the work? Will training be needed? How do you get buy-in from administration and staff? Do you need special equipment?
Use a conversational tone; create content often; reuse content (David had a great example, showing all the places he was able to distribute a video and only had to upload it twice).
David discussed specific services with applications for libraries, including blogs, YouTube, Flickr, MySpace and talked about considerations, tips and tricks for each. With almost all of these, someone needs to babysit the content, and it shouldn’t be someone in Administration (they have other stuff to do).
Best takeaway: comments are a conversation; if you wait 2 or 3 weeks to respond (or don’t respond at all) you kill the conversation.