Friday, April 18, 2008
- all about library stuff
- industries and stuff related to/aligned with libraries
- stuff with nothing to do with libraries
My favourite RSS feed in the middle category is Creative Economy Online - "News and research on creative industries, innovation and society".
Creative Economy is a gateway to research and commentary on developments in Australia’s creative industries and their cultural and social impact, hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI). The site draws on the resources of Australian Policy Online, together with outputs from industry groups, consultants and other researchers and research organisations.
The feed is a valuable source of information about new reports and projects, and it often has topics about libraries, literacy, reading and publishing.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Speakers and topics include:
* Professor Gerard Goggin (Professor of Digital Communication, University of New South Wales) - The Internet and the Mobile Phone: Histories, Possibilities, Challenges
* Kris Carpenter Negulescu (Internet Archive) - Digital Services and Online Research: The Future of Who does What and For Whom
* Richard Walis (TALIS) - Beyond Web 2.0 -The Continuing Journey...plus a bunch more.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I was in Sydney attending a two day course title "Revolutionising Library Management" by the Ark Group. There were only 11 participants so there was a high level on interaction and conversation.
Michelle had the floor for the whole day and her energy never seemed to fade. She gave an excellent overview of the Web 2.0 world and touched on lots and lots of examples. Michelle is partly to blame(?) for me getting this blog going again. Thanks Michelle!
Anyhow, here are some dot points I picked up from the day:
- in the 2.0 world, the user is at the centre, not the content
- tagging is almost universal across 2.0 tools and not limited to a few
- use del.icio.us account to to tag websites to do with 2008 Olympics, and then feed to website with RSS - instant subject guide!
- must explore yahoo pipes again...
- mobile devices (phones, PDAs) used to be fussy about what online content they could display. This is changing and devices are being made to read any online content. Great possibilities for libraries...
- new ideas come through conversations - the web is one big conversation
- use a widget to create a quick survey on library website
- some libraries building OPAC search applications for facebook
- use feedburner to track stats of blog subscribers (have since set this up with this blog - it works!)
- Michelle made good use of Google Maps to map out mobile library stops and branch locations for her library service
Monday, April 14, 2008
I wasn't exposed to a bunch a new ideas that I had never heard of before, but rather was given an excellent summary of the best of what web 2.0 and library 2.0 mean at the moment.
It was like going up in a hot air balloon and getting a wide picture of the 2.0 landscape, and Michael is an excellent guide.
I did learn some new things, when Michael chose some real life examples to illustrate a point. Won't list them all here, but I have a long list of programs and websites to check out!
It's all about people
The phrase that had the biggest impact on me came near the end of Michael's talk, and it was something along the lines "the library encourages the heart, the library is human".
When I talk with colleagues about technology, especially social software type stuff, it always helps to bring the conversation back to the fact that it's mostly about people communicating with and connecting with other people. The technology is just a tool, and it's people and their conversations that are important.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
There are many, many excellent bloggers out there who already write about issues that I'm interested in, so I don't think I'll try to create too much new content, but simply report on things that catch my eye, and maybe share an opinion or two about the issue.
In the next little while I hope to write some notes from two very excellent professional development opportunities I've recently taken part in:
- Michael Stephens in Brisbane - The Hyperlinked Library
- Revolutionising Library Management: two day masterclass in Sydney with Michelle McLean and Mal Booth