Category Archives: Library 2.0

This is why I love Nintendo!

Library Journal News reported that Nintendo has donated 21 Wiis to public libraries to encourage library gaming!

Way to go Nintendo on such a great donation to help get users back to showing an interest in the library!  After the research I did last spring on how gaming programs impact teen use of the library I really understand what a positive impact these gaming initiatives can have on library usage.

It’s great to see large companies like Nintendo supporting the library!  I hope a lot more decide to jump on the bandwagon.

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LIS 768 Paper Abstract

The paper examines the potential for use of virtual communities in academic libraries by first examining the uses of virtual communities in academia and then applying some of those uses to the academic library.  The paper also uses the research of Henri and Pudelko into the four types of virtual communities and how each is defined and then provides an example of the use of each time in the academic world.  The paper especially focuses on the virtual student and how academic libraries can use virtual communities to reach out the the virtual student.

Ning

Prior to this week I had only ever heard of Ning.  Now I fear that I may become addicted.  Much like MySpace and Facebook, Ning is a social networking website.  What sets Ning apart from other social networking sites is that you join groups that a user created.  I love it!  While in Ning I created profiles with two different groups my LIS768 class (http://lis768.ning.com/profile/Aimee) and the Library 2.0 (http://library20.ning.com/profile/Aimee) group.  Thanks to The Utopian Librarian for putting together the class Ning, I’m having a blast playing around with it!

I think something like this has great potential for libraries both on the staff and user level.  First, it would be a great way for staff to stay connected and share things with each other instead of the old fashioned (ok it’s going to be weird saying this is old fashioned!) let’s-send-out-an-email-and-copy-the-whole-staff way of communicating.  Also, it would be great for users to be able to be a part of their library’s Ning group and learn about library news and events that way.  It’s just a way of stepping outside of the library website box!

Content Generators

Libraries can make use of custom content generators as a free, easy, and creative way to create posters and marketing tools for themselves. If you’ve never heard of custom content generators let me explain myself before I go any further. Trust me, you’re going to want to know what this is. A custom content generator is a website of web service that helps you, the user, to take something (a picture for example) and customize it to fit your needs. This is also a form of user-generated content.

Some libraries are using custom content generators to create ads for their events. For example, Lewis and Clark Library System hosted a gaming night for which they created these really cool looking poster ads with different characters talking about going to gaming at the library. You can see an example on their Flickr account. One way that I keep track of the latest, and sometimes most interesting, content generators is through The Generator Blog. They usually post 2 or 3 different generator sites per week that can do some really cool things for your library or just might be fun to play around with. My recent favorites are the Pocket Emo Generator and the M&Ms Character Generator.

Meet Madame Punky In Your Face (they provide naming options for you!)

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Who’s to say all librarians can’t be M&Ms out there on the internet?! 😉

IMing Librarians

The library I chose to IM was the Phillips Memorial Library at Providence College in Rhode Island. The librarian was extremely courteous and willing to help. The questions I asked her were:

  • When did you start using IM reference?
  • What prompted your library to start using IM reference?
  • On average, how many questions do you receive by IM per day?
  • Do you publicize that you offer IM reference anywhere besides your website?
  • Is there any type of question that is harder to answer via IM?
  • Are there any barriers or problems that you have encountered using IM reference?

This particular library started using IM reference about 2 years ago.  I was very surprised when the librarian told me they usually only get 2 or 3 questions per week!  Then when I asked what they do to publicize the service she said that they have it on the website and will occasionally mention it in instruction sessions.  I’m wondering if there’s a correlation between the number of students that use it and the lack of publicizing?!  She also mentioned that any question that’s at all complicated is harder to answer through IM.  I can see where some questions that you get in an academic library setting would be harder to answer because of the whole information literacy movement.

While free IM clients like AIM and Meebo are excellent, I tend to the the new wave in academic libraries will lean more towards services like Elluminate.  Elluminate is video conferencing software that allows the conference administrator to push content at the other people in the conference and receive instant messaged or voice questions.  I know it’s not as nice for on demand information literacy instruction, but I can see where IM clients wouldn’t work as well either.

My new L2 job assignment

I work at a small academic library. As one of my most recent jobs I have been assigned to propose and create MySpace and Facebook pages to represent our library in the world of social networking! I was so excited when I was assigned this task. Unfortunately it has to go through many proposals and approval channels before it can be published to the web. But better late than never right?!

So my first step in the assignment is to identify other academic libraries that are using MySpace, look at their pages, and determine what features might or might not work on my own library’s MySpace. So two nights ago at work I spent a good three hours of my time searching through profiles and taking notes about them. There could be worse jobs, right? Through my research came across an interesting library group. So any fellow librarian MySpacers out there should definitely check out the Libraries on MySpace group. It doesn’t seem to be just for libraries either. There are many librarians on there as well.

So if anyone knows of any academic libraries out there that have excellent MySpace or Facebook pages definitely let me know. Any tips of tricks that you may have for creating an awesome page are also greatly appreciated!