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INF506 – Module 3: The ‘A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries’

READ the post A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries (22 January, 2010) on the Social Networking for Libraries blog. Consider this advice in terms of a library and information agency that you know (as an employee or user). Select advice from five (5) letters of this A-Z list and consider how these may be applied to this library to help it embrace a Library 2.0 ethos. Write up your findings as a post (of no more than 350 words in your OLJ). 

Brown (2010) uses an A-Z list of letters to embrace a Library 2.0 ethos. 5 letters that I have been associated with and can therefore apply to a library situation are: E – ebooks, B – blogging, N – Nings, S – Slideshare, G – Goodreads.

E-books – The library at my school has introduced ebooks into the library collection at the beginning of 2013. This has been through the application Overdrive. Ebooks are proving to be very popular amongst students and parents. They can be viewed on a range of devices e.g. ipad, ipod. There are plans to expand the collection of ebooks in 2013 and 2014 in order to link the collection to the Australian Curriculum.

Blogging  – Blogging allows for responses and comments from readers of your blog. This proves especially beneficial to students as they gain feedback from readers of all ages around the world, from both a known audience and a not known reader. Blogging allows students to interact and connect with users in an interactive way allowing conversations to take place. WordPress is currently being used as a blogging platform in the library at my school.

Nings – At the Flat Classrooms Conference 2013 in Japan, a Ning was used as the platform for communication during the conference. A Ning is similar to a wiki where users have access to communicate in a shared online space. Resources, conference details, introductions and all communication took place on the conference Ning. A Ning could be a useful tool to introduce for staff to share their professional learning at my new school.

Slideshare – This tool has not been used at my school yet. However I have seen it confidently and seamlessly used by many innovative teachers and students. Slideshare is a useful way to share presentations with an online community and between a range of devices during group presentations.

Goodreads – A free online site for booklovers to share book reviews and current reads. This tool is very user friendly and encourages students to develop their love of reading. The interactive nature of the site allows users to add “friends” and create “groups”. The senior library at my school is currently looking into implementing this tool with senior students. The online engaging nature of the site makes reading fun.

Reference

Brown, A. (2010). A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries. Retrieved from http://socialnetworkinglibrarian.com/2010/01/22/a-to-z-of-social-networking-for-libraries/

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INF506 – Reflection on RSS Feeds

Research two (2) additional examples of ‘RSS in action’, and develop a 350 word post to your OLJ on how RSS can enhance a library or information service’s ability to meet the information needs of its users.

RSS, which stands for Real Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary) refers to the way in which people are able to subscribe to content on various websites and receive regular summarised updates. Instead of searching for information on a variety of websites, the process is reversed and information is sent to the user via an RSS feed immediately as it is published. I agree with Richardson’s comments that ‘RSS is the one technology educators should be using and teaching their students to use’ (2005).

The two RSS feeds that I chose to research are:

Board of Studies  – This RSS feed is useful for receiving information about NAPLAN dates, closing dates for consultation comments about Australian Curriculum, new resources suggestions, HSC marking information and dates. It has been very useful receiving this information in my inbox rather than having to go searching for it on the NSW Board of Studies website. I believe that this RSS feed would be especially beneficial for any Primary or Secondary Principals or Curriculum Coordinators. Teacher Librarians would find RSS messages relating curriculum / syllabus changes and suggested resources very useful as this would assist them in acquiring resources for the library.

ABC Net – This RSS feed is useful for receiving breaking news that is “Just in”. Teacher librarians would find this RSS feed useful in schools when relevant world wide information is needed immediately as it becomes available e.g. current affairs, natural disasters, elections.

I believe that subscribing to RSS feeds is an invaluable tool for libraries and information services because it is a free, quick and easy way to gain relevant information to pass onto users without having to search through a large number of websites. I have found it useful to subscribe to innovative educators blogs, this allows me to immediately receive their new blog entries and hence keep my professional learning evolving. I don’t have to remember to visit a particular website, the content is pushed to me and I am able to read the information on my own terms saving time.

References

ABC News. (n.d). Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/Site/page/rss–3520115

New South Wales Government – Board of Studies News. (n.d). Retrieved from http://news.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/help.cfm?topic=rss

Richardson, W. (2005). Rss: A Quick Start Guide for Educators. Retrieved from www.weblogg-ed.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/05/RSSFAQ4.pdf

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