Communication & Collaboration: Blogs, Wikis, and RSS Feeds, ACRL ITIG, 12/9/05

Communication & Collaboration: Blogs, Wikis, and RSS Feeds
ACRL ITIG
Friday, December 9, 2005

Because of a powerful snow storm, Megan Fox of Simmons College, and I were the only speakers who attended the program. I was late because of road conditions, so I missed part of Megan’s talk. My notes for the rest are below.

Unfortunately, I missed most of Megan Fox’ talk because I didn’t realize it would take me two hours to travel what I could usually travel in forty-five minutes due to the storm.

When I entered the room, Megan was talking about iPods and what libraries are doing with the devicees. A music library digitized a portion of their collection so when students ask for pieces, they don’t have to loan a stack of records of CDs–they can distribute the music as digital files.

Next, she covered wikis. She mentioned some of the controversies surrounding Wikipedia, but she said she wanted to avoid most of that discussion. Studies have shown that many college students use texting or instant messaging much more than they’d talk on the phone or do e-mail. A number of libraries are beginning to use the technology as a way to reach these customers. HarperCollins has IM to a friend features on their Web site. If publishers can do it, why shouldn’t libraries?

Social bookmarking sites are becoming more and more popular. Can libraries either adopt these for their own sites or can they create lists of shared bookmarks to assist students?

A very good point Megan made is that it’s important for libraries to figure out who’s responsible for maintaining new tools before beginning to utitilize them. In some cases, library users request certain technologies or ask the library to host certain services. The librarians need to be aware of who’s responsibile for running the service or tool.

The audience of a possible 75 shrank to 20 with the storm.

More information about the program

My presentation’s outline

A report of the program

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