Library 2.0

Facebook lets you clean your profile...

Facebook has announced that they will soon let users clean off their profile a bit of zombies and other assorted applications. What will happen is that these applications will still remain, but just in an "extended profile" view.

"I'm Sorry, that's a video of *What*?"

I just realized why I had to make a video called a cute furry animal recites George Carlin's "seven dirty words" (which is an ADULTS ONLY video with 7 dirty words in it, duh) -- remember what David Lee King said about the library of the future (which is actually from RWW and about the "sexy librarian of the future")?

Imagine a future when you go to the library with a 5 minute video you've just made about last night's Presidential debates and that librarian says to you:
You should upload it to YouTube and tag it with these four tags - two broad and two more specific to existing communities of interest on YouTube and the topic of your video. Then you should embed that video in a blog post along with some text introducing it and linking to some of your favorite posts by other people who have also written today about the Presidential debates. Make sure to send trackbacks to those posts!
Now, I think this is a particularly good video on the topic, so if you're interested I will vote for it on StumbleUpon (as a sexy librarian I have a very powerful account there) and give it a good summary explanation. Any of those are steps you can take that will make your work all the easier for people to discover.

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A new search engine...

Sarah, from LibrarianInBlack, shares this cool search engine that I hadn't seen before. It's called Carrot, and not only is it open source (so you can use it on your library's website), but it clusters results together. What I mean by this is try searching for the term Harry Potter. Over on the side they divide topics up so that you can narrow results by title of books or wands. You also have subheadings so that you can see where the results came from or the sources the engine found it in (such as Ask!, Google, etc.)
Very cool!

Gen y in the library

All the talk about how libraries are losing the younger generation is apparently just A survey done by Pew Internet & American Life Project found that the biggest group is actually Generation Y, the 18-30 year olds. While they may no longer be using the library for what we would call "traditional" reasons, they are using the library.

Interesting use of 2.0 technologies

The Maydupp Library District in Indiana has initiated a new service called, "Dusty Books for Rusty Memories." Patrons between the ages of 60 and 75 are entered into a Circulation database and every time that patron visits the library and checks out materials, a random "dusty book" (one that hasn't circulated in the past six months) is placed on hold in the patron's account. When the patron receives the message the material is on hold, she will often come in to claim the item and check it out, not remembering when or why she placed the hold.

According to Peggy Newton-Figg, the division manager, "older patrons are very trusting and we are usually able to charge these extra books to them without any argument. The patron is often confused by the selection, since it may not be a subject or by an author she's ever heard of, but usually writes off the confusion to having had a 'senior moment.'"

Using this new service, the library as been able to increase circulation by 300%.

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Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication, and Community Online

Social Software in Libraries is written by Meredith G. Farkas who at present is the Distance Learning Librarian at Norwich University in Northfield, VT.

About the Book:

About the Book
Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication, and Community Online

By Meredith Farkas

Foreword by Roy Tennant

Here is the first book to explore the growing phenomenon of social software and how these technologies can be applied in libraries. Social software lets libraries show a human face online, helping them communicate, educate, and interact with their communities. This nuts-and-bolts guide provides librarians with the information and skills necessary to implement the most popular and effective social software technologies: blogs, RSS, wikis, social networking software, screencasting, photo-sharing, podcasting, instant messaging, gaming, and more. Success stories and interviews highlight these tools’ ease-of-use—and tremendous impact. Novice readers will find ample descriptions and advice on using each technology, while veteran users of social software will discover new applications and approaches.

2007/336 pp/softbound/ISBN 978-1-57387-275-1

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Social Software in Libraries

Chapter 4 - RSS where my public blogline feeds and my Engineering Library Blog Englibrary are included.

Jay Bhatt’s Feeds in Bloglines
Englibrary Blog

and also

HigherEd BlogCon

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A 2.0 story that doesn’t really involve libraries but does involve saving $12 and a car trip

I like This Quote By Jessamyn West:

Working on the web isn’t just about collecting real and/or imaginary friends and new interactive ways of sharing photos of your cat, it’s also about saving real time and real money so that you can do real things in your offline world.

MySpace Does a Little Censoring of Its Own

Every so often we read about a library filtering MySpace for one reason or another. Now it looks like MySpace is filtering itself.

The site seems to be replacing provocative words in interstitial e-mails. The words "sex toys" arrives with the words replaced with pound symbols, "### ####."

More disturbing is that LGBT organizations are finding that their e-mails and communications are also censored, with MySpace even go so far as to alter links within profiles.

More from Violet Blue.


I know this is probably old news to some, but Yale has officially opened its OpenYale program for seven classes taught by professors at Yale, which is really kinda of cool. You can download onto your MP3 or watch it live online. Best part, you don't have to hand in homework or takes tests!

Students should use Wikipedia...

Here's a posting from the BBC where Jimmy Wales said "teachers who refuse younger students access to the site are 'bad educators'." Now I agree that Wikipedia is a good starting point, but not sure that I would call teachers 'bad educators' because they dislike Wikipedia being cited in papers.


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