Web 2.0 Tools

At the end of November John and I attended the SLIC FE Conference ( see John’s post) and one of the speakers was Phil Bradley described in the programme as the “Well known Internet consultant, librarian and popular CILIP ‘Update’ columnist”.

During his presentation he talked about practical uses for Web 2.0 which he described as a load of stuff, state of mind, which requires us to think differently now and in the future and that websites were traditional, non interactive, dull and boring and that Web 2.0 allowed us to take back control.

Questions that we need to ask include: What do you want to do? What can you do better? What would you like to do?

Some of the things he covered included:

  • Wiki’s and their advantages – flexibility, easy and quick to update
  • Bookmarks – share with others, can access wherever we are e.g. delicious
  • Weblogs – quick, easy, non technical, current, interactive, a site in it’s own right
  • RSS – bringing information to you, filtering in different ways
  • Provide data in different ways:

  • Podcasts – for example audio tours of the library
  • YouTube – can be used as a good information tool
  • Flickr
  • Slideshare – useful to find experts, introduction to subject/s. See his presentation from this event on Slideshare Web 2.0 in the library.
  • Communication – we need to go where the conversations are taking place, space is becoming an information resource, don’t just look at email (email is for old people) look at other forms – weblogs, twitter. Social networks – utilise them.

    Expect obstacles that can be put in the way of librarians who want to engage in Web 2.00 tools: it can’t be done, we don’t have the resources, bandwidth problems, security issues, not enough time, not your job. His answer to that was ignore it because Web 2 is changing the way we use information, find information, do our jobs, interact with people, look at everything.

    I found his presentation informative and inspiring, giving me ideas on how to take the National Information Literacy Framework (Scotland) from a large pdf to a tabbed interactive website. I’ve spent some time playing around with creating a website with tabs in Netvibes (one of the a tools suggested by Phil in his presentation) but felt it still didn’t give me the interactivity so have decided to use a weblog. Our project blog has been working well and a blog would give me tabbed pages for the framework, posts for: comments on the framework; relevant exemplars that could be linked to the framework levels; information literacy policies or strategies; any other items of interest or relevance. Will keep you posted on progress.

    His webisite www.philb.com is a mine of information and worth having a look at.

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