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What Web 2.0 technologies should libraries be teaching?

Posted by selinalock on 30 July, 2008

For the first time this coming academic year I will be teaching an information skills session to 1st year computer scientists. This is likely to be challenging as they tend to think that the library resources are not relevant to their subject and that they know how to search the net.

I’m thinking I might use a wiki which has been primed with exercises for them to complete and feedback on during the session as described in this paper;

So, the next question is what exercises should I use in the wiki? The Department expects the students to mainly use websites and books. Plus a couple of journals that have articles appropriate to 1st years.

I’m thinking that they need to also be discussing different types of online sources such as wikipedia and blogs. So, as part of that do I include social bookmarking and RSS feed readers? It’s only a 2 hour session so I’ll only be able to include so much.

3 Responses to “What Web 2.0 technologies should libraries be teaching?”

  1. ajcann said

    First thought: it’s not what you teach that’s the hard part, it’s what you leave out that’s difficult. How much should we assume? We need to talk about this some more 🙂

  2. gazjjohnson said

    I think the usual problem would be, quite a few of these techs are things you need to follow up some weeks later to see/review people are using. In a one off session it might be more of a challenge to do something of real value, rather than “gee look at the Web 2.0 whizziness there”.

    All the same, best of British…

  3. sarahw9 said

    Getting them to compare and assess what they find in contrasting resources, aswell as the different uses for the different types of information. Thats similar to what we did with out medical students wikis (one example here:

    I think libraries should be teaching social bookmarking and RSS, not sure if you can cover it all in this session though. Perhaps you could mention them rather than having it as the focus / learning objective of the session. Unless its a way of breaking up the session.

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