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Modelling the Library Domain

Posted by selinalock on 20 March, 2009

JISC have just released a new briefing paper: Modelling the Library Domain, which is part of the TILE Project (Towards Implementation of Library 2.0 & the E-framework).

Here’s some of the key points that I managed to pick out of the JISC Speak:

Library Domain Ecosystem Diagram from Briefing Paper

Library Domain Ecosystem Diagram from Briefing Paper

– Libraries need to look at providing widgets: integrate resources into web environments of the user’s choice.
– Supply value-added services.
– Tailor content to different types of users & encourage user generated content (reviews, ratings, comments).
– Regarding the diagram above: Corporation refers to content providers (Unis, Libraries, Publishers), Channel refers to the means of delivering the content & Clients are users involved in academic work.
– Libraries can either concentrate on managing and delivering their local assets/content, or look at widening their remit to include working with other channels in Higher Ed (e.g. reading lists, feedback, VLEs etc).
– “The wider role empowers libraries to provide a full set of services to meet a rich variety of locally identified user needs, potentially an institutional unique selling point.”
– More must be made of the user activity data available e.g. circulation data, number & types of downloads, which could possibly be linked through to student information (course, subject) without compromising data protection. This could provide the spark needed to engage user communities & encourage user generated content.
– “captured click streams rather than volunteered contributions (eg ratings, reviews, lists) are the surest source of intelligence about ‘users like me’.”
– If Libraries wish to provide more channel type services then the paper suggests encouraging concentration of services/content fro particular user groups & understand how they can become a trusted channel, the way services such as google are.
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Learning Futures 2

Posted by selinalock on 3 February, 2009

So, a little delayed but here’s the rest of my Learning Futures Festival write-up:

Keynote 2: Ralp Schroeder (Oxford Internet Institute)

Focused on virtual environments – which he defined as immersive environments that give a sense of being in another place than you are physically in & have visual & spatial aspects.

Argued there are 2 major versions of the technology that are likely to develop further.

1. Video-capture – e.g. video conferencing, talking heads.

2. Computer generated (CAVE technology), which can be programmed to do all sorts of things.

I’m afraid he lost me a bit after this, so I’m not sure how he saw the technology being used in education.

Workshop: Using narrative structure in projects

The most fun I had on the day, as how can I resist playing around with cartoon strips!? This workshop looked at how thinking about narrative structures (e.g. your hero, villain, story arc) can be used as another project management tool. We took a classical fairytale, in our case Red Riding Hood, and introduced novel learning technologies to see what impact they had on the narrative. We gave Red Riding Hood a mobile phone so she could warn Granny about the Big Bad Wolf, granny got the Wood Cutter to build a “hole in the wall” computer & the wolves used this to learn how to clone food so that they didn’t need to attack people!

Intervention panels

I’m afraid the title intervention panel had me envisioning us all reassuring one another that we weren’t addicted to web2.0 or something. It was actually more like a round table and general discussion. Points I picked up during the day were:

  • Will web2.0 make surface learning worse?
  • critical/evaluative skills of learners do not seem to be improving
  • Has the fundamental nature of learning changed?
  • Need pedagogical push & intelligent technological insights to provide best education e.g. use ebook readers flexibly, use virtual environments to improve on reality.
  • Change form students having to search our specialist information to having to trawl through huge tracts of information that were not available in the past.
  • Should be prepared to admit when we don’t know something – learn alongside our learners!
  • Change in locus – from academics telling/teaching to new generation of learners that want to share what they know. Need a more collaborative learning process?
  • New learners are multimodal & multimedia – live in a more immediate environment.
  • HE systems are very inflexible compared to the outside world.
  • We are all learners & we all have something to offer.
  • In HE we still need to challenge students in how they learn as well as what they learn.

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Online Seminar: Web 2.0 and Information Literacy

Posted by sarahw9 on 12 January, 2009

During 2008 Alan Cann and I ran a UoL TEF funded project Using Web 2.0 to Cultivate Information Literacy via Construction of Personal Learning Environments.  On Wednesday 14th January 2009 between 12.30-2pm (GMT) we will be presenting a live TAN session in which we will outline the project and its main outcomes. Most of the session will be a discussion of how information literacy can be developed across the University.

If you would like to attend this seminar, please email the UoL Staff Development Centre on  staffdev@le.ac.uk

Additionally, we will be conducting a live Twitter session at this event. If you would like join as a remote participant, the slides for the session are:

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Desposit to the repository from within Facebook?

Posted by gazjjohnson on 18 November, 2008

Reading an interesting email posting from my old friend and collegue Stuart Lewis (Aber University) on the launch of a Facebook repository tool as part of the SWORD project.  As Stuart says

Within the repositories community we often talk about how to encourage faculty to self-archive their works. We also sometimes talk about the problems with repositories, and how repositories are not yet part of the daily toolkit of faculty. In an attempt to see whether bringing these two problems together by allowing faculty to deposit from within a tool that many do use on a daily basis, as part of the JISC funded ŒSWORD 2Œ project I have now created a Facebook repository deposit application.

Being able to deposit from within a site such as Facebook would enable what I¹m going to call ‘the Social Deposit’. What does a social deposit look like? It has the following characteristics:

  • It takes place within a social networking type site such as Facebook.
  • The deposit is performed by the author of a work, not a third party (not a mediated deposit)
  • Once the deposit has taken place, messages and updates are provided stating that the user has performed the deposit.
  • Friends and colleagues of the depositor will see that a deposit has taken place, and can read what has been deposited if they want to.
  • Friends and colleagues of the depositor can comment on the deposit. 

So the social deposit takes place within the online social surroundings of a depositor, rather than from within a repository. By doing so, the depositor can leverage the power of their social networks so that their friends and colleagues can be informed about the deposit.

I noticed Stuart had launched this on Facebook last night, so I wondered when I’d hear more about it.  I wonder how this might fit into our development of the LRA here?  Come to think of it, do we know just how many research active academics are using Faceook?

That all said you can find the FB app by following this link (though you’ll need a Facebook account to see it)

http://fb.swordapp.org/

You can read the full transcript of what Stuart had to say over on the jisc-repositories@jiscmail.ac.uk (http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=jisc-repositories for the archive) mailing list, well worth joining if you’re supporting research these days.

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Library web pages

Posted by sarahw9 on 13 November, 2008

sciencecambridgeThe University of Cambridge library has given its web pages a distinctly web 2.0 look.  Their science pages  still include the familiar metasearching across library databases, the library catalogue and e resources.  There are now alot of RSS feeds – from external resources and also news from their departments, science blogs, and new books at the library.   There is a live chat box for users to contact the library, as well as the usual list of contact methods.  Users can use a word cloud to navigate to the page for their department. 

It looks good, but visually there are almost too many feeds for my taste.  Is this me, or do you just stop seeing what is there?  It looks like a Pageflakes page, which I think if you haven’t designed it yourself is offputting.

I like the links to their own latest research and the focus on how to contact the library.  Perhaps the way forward is to try to promote local blogs, local research, local projects, connecting people as well as the usual library resources.  Not to mention information literacy related materials of course.

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Wikipedia and Libraries

Posted by sarahw9 on 17 October, 2008

The many uses of Wikipedia to libraries is explored in Putting the Library in Wikipedia by Lauren Pressley and Carolyn J. McCallum. They begin by pointing out that people look to Wikipedia before looking at any traditional library resources on any topic, and that traffic to library websites it dimishing.

Yes we need get our heads together to look at ways to use Wikipedia.  There is the information literacy angle; there have been attempts to integrate it into information literacy education (getting students to edit pages) but with limited success as students often don’t like to do something so public.  There is also the idea of editing the University of Leicester entry, creating one for the library, working to get our collections in there.  Some of the logistical issues (such as not being ‘selfpromoting’) are considered in this article. 

It is also a big change of direction for libraries and librarians – actually going out, editing / creating material for the whole world to see in the name of their library.  Very web 2.0 in fact. 

Have I just got myself another job to do?!

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Small Worlds hands on

Posted by gazjjohnson on 16 October, 2008

The power of social networking in a professional environment was self-evident even before yesterday – I wasn’t down to help out with Alan’s session, but whilst we’d been chatting over Twitter the night before he’d invited me to come along.  Glad he did, as it was certainly one of the more satisfying bits of student teaching I’ve done in a while; helped by the excellent student teacher ratio which must have been close to 4:1.  That was certainly better than the RefWorks class I had the other week; but that’s another story entirely.

Yesterday’s session was a follow up to one Alan had led about online social networking and was the hands on explore for yourself resources like Delicious , Twitter and the Small Worlds Wiki for about 20-25 students.  For a good chunk of the session the students were registering on Small Worlds and creating their profiles, and then they were off to explore the various social tools -in most cases it seems without stopping to read the instructions and help on the Small Worlds site. 

Not that I can blame them, that’s exactly what I do – refreshing to meet so many people with a similer learning style to myself!  I spent the time during the session, as Alan put it, “chatting up” the students.  Alan, like my MiL uses chatting up in the context of talking to them, social networking in vivo rather than in silico if you will.  They were a great bunch of students and it was refreshing to see them pretty quickly get to grasp with not just the tools, but how they could use them in their studies and research. Very rewarding, and repeated today with Selina in residence.

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Interesting support model from the OU

Posted by AJ Cann on 2 October, 2008

Finding and reusing video is a Netvibes page created by the OU Library to support users:

Screenshot

Looks like an interesting support model to me.

via Tony Hirst

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Training Sessions

Posted by AJ Cann on 2 October, 2008

Improve the way you use the web to do your work…

RSS Feeds: Keep up to date and empty your inbox
– Latest research tailored to YOUR interests
– Find out when your favourite websites are updated
17 October 10.00am – 12.00pm, Library IT Training Room 1,
David Wilson Library. Email librarybookings@le.ac.uk to guarantee a place.

Social Bookmarking: Organise, Discover and Share Online Resources
– Access all your bookmarks from any computer anywhere.
– Find what people with the same interests are reading.
– Share reading & resources.
24 October 10.00am – 12.00pm, Library IT Training Room 1,
David Wilson Library. Email librarybookings@le.ac.uk to guarantee a place.

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Improve the way you use the web to do your work…

Posted by sarahw9 on 24 September, 2008

Improve the way you use the web to do your work…

RSS Feeds: Keep up to date and empty your inbox
– Latest research tailored to YOUR interests
– Find out when your favourite websites are updated
17 October 10.00am – 12.00pm, Library IT Training Room 1,
David Wilson Library. Email librarybookings@le.ac.uk to guarantee a place.

Social Bookmarking: Organise, Discover and Share Online Resources
– Access all your bookmarks from any computer anywhere.
– Find what people with the same interests are reading.
– Share reading & resources.
31 October 10.00am – 12.00pm, Library IT Training Room 1,
David Wilson Library. Email librarybookings@le.ac.uk to guarantee a place.

 

Thanks Alan!

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Officially Cool?

Posted by AJ Cann on 29 August, 2008

Interesting slideshow about online social networks in healthcare and libraries by P.F. Anderson:

Take a close look at slide 23 😉

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Worth the risk?

Posted by AJ Cann on 18 August, 2008

Risk? Is it worth the risk to allow users to interact with dynamic Library web pages by adding their own content? What could go wrong? Should we be totally risk-averse and walk away from Web 2.0 technologies “in case something goes wrong”? What are the risks if we do? How do we manage the risks of letting users talk to us?

Risk Assessment For Making Use Of Third Party Web 2.0 Services (UKOLN)

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