Posts Tagged ‘Web 2.0’

New year – new learning

January 4, 2010

Happy new year 2010!

Have you made any resolutions this January? Are you planning to learn something new?

In 2 weeks’ time, on 18th January 2010, 23 Things Oxford will begin.  This is an online learning scheme which takes place over 12 weeks.  Each week, you will learn new things about Web 2.0 and how libraries are using this technology.

The aim of this programme is to introduce all library staff (whatever their role) to Web 2.0 technologies – working on the principle that exposure is the first stage in learning. Over the 12 weeks, the aim is for staff to spend a little time each week working on the project, building up their own skills as well as adding to their abilities at work. It is called 23 Things because there are 23 tasks to complete.  23 Things Oxford is based on the original 23 Things program which ran at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in the USA in 2006.

This programme is open to ALL staff in Oxford libraries regardless of their position and status (full and part time).  It is a self-discovery programme which encourages participants to take control of their own learning and to use their lifelong learning skills through exploration and play. Participants are encouraged to work together and share with each other their discoveries, techniques and tips both in person and through their blogs.  There will also be 3 drop-in sessions offered to support this programme.

For further information, including how to register, please see

Memes on Twitter: #librariantvshows

December 21, 2009

A meme is a cultural idea or practice which is passed on between individuals, and is becoming an key part of internet culture.  For example, when a YouTube video “goes viral”, we mean that it has spread rapidly between users, often via social networks.

This is also happening on Twitter.  As well as topics that are trending, there are many sub-trending-threshold ideas which also gain momentum and entertain or provoke thought for a limited time.  When Nick Griffin appeared on the BBC’s Question Time programme earlier this autumn, #bbcqt was a lively Twitter meme for some hours before appearing under trending topics.

Last week, #librariantvshows brightened my Friday and though it didn’t trend, it entertained many people as a bit of pre-Christmas fun.  The object was to think of a TV show (this later blended to include books and films) whose title could be adapted to make it into a TV show involving libraries or librarians.

Here are some of my favourites:

walkyouhome: Queer as Folksonomies

nikkikaram: Loan & Order

archiwicz: Star Trek: The Next Circulation

polianarchy: The ALA Team

Mitchley:  D.O.I. SOS

daveyp: Talis from the Crypt

ifbook:  Blind Data

EmmaP: shelf location, location, location

bethanar: How I Metadata’d Your Mother

orangeaurochs: Indexer Morse

ifbook: Whose Fine Is It Anyway?

libsmatter: M*A*S*H*U*P*

meimaimaggio: SFX and the City

Mitchley: The SF-X Files

chrisl1953: The Ex Libris Factor

julianbeckton: EBSCO to the country

abbybarker:  Have I got (Over)dues For You

meimaimaggio: Bookside

Mitchley: Da UKS-G Show

CriticalSteph: Bookenders

Viche: A fines romance

daveyp: Beverley Hills 902.10

Emma7114: Pimp my RFID

stuartbenjamin: Top of the OPACs

bethanar: the weeding planners

Emma7114: Open (access) All Hours

walkyouhome: Play Your Discards Right

bethanar: Blind Date Stamp

Velocity of Media Consumption: TV vs. the Web

December 3, 2009

Via Jakob Nielsen

I found this interesting.  The user experience of TV has definitely moved on in recent years, but it’s nothing like Web 2.0. Yet…

Poll results

November 15, 2009

Over the past week, my blog has received 43 views and 13 people participated in the poll.

9 people read the blog via RSS, 2 read it on the web and 2 said it was their first visit to the site.

Thanks for voting!

Do you read this blog via RSS? Please vote in this poll

November 9, 2009

10 technologies to increase communication in your organisation

October 22, 2009

Here are the 10 ways – go to the original post to read the detail.

Suddenly it doesn’t look that hard after all: 1, 2, 5 and 9 are pretty quick to get started!

1. Start a blog.

2. Start a Twitter feed.

3. Share your best practices on a wiki.

4. Start an organizational discussion board.

5. Start a Facebook organizational page.

6. Start a YouTube or Vimeo channel.

7. Scrap that old print newsletter.

8. Incorporate social software into your organization.

9. Create a Flickr account to share organizational photos.

10. Begin or maintain an organizational culture that is free and open.

Read the full post here.

See also 10 collaboration tools that aren’t Google Wave

100 ways to use Twitter in your library

September 29, 2009

This post from Mobile Libraries is a great launch pad for getting started with Twitter in your library.

Twitter guide

September 9, 2009

Lowrider Librarian has written this excellent guide to Twitter for organisations.  It includes sections on the following:

  • Why use Twitter at all?
  • Twitter Cheat Sheet
  • Some Considerations on Following Individuals and Organizations
  • Follow Friday
  • Trending topics
  • Searching
  • Links for Further investigation

I’d also like to mention What The Hashtag? which I use for finding out what different hashtags mean.

How American libraries are using Web 2.0 tools to market libraries

August 16, 2009

Bloom’s taxonomy and Web 2.0

June 28, 2009

Bloom‘s taxonony of thinking skills identifies six levels of increasing complexity: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating.

This image from Visual Bloom’s shows how this can be applied to Web 2.0 technologies:

Bloom's taxonomy for Web 2.0

Bloom's taxonomy for Web 2.0

This caught my attention because it struck me how my own experience of using Web 2.0 applications has not followed any structured route e.g. I began using Wikipedia a long time before Delicious or Skype.

When constructing any web teaching programme, such as 23 Things, this is a useful diagram to bear in mind, and consider what skills each site requires to be able to use it competently, and how these skills can be transferred and built upon.  Perhaps it also shows that Web 2.0-related learning does not rely on hierarchy as much as formal education does?