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In honor of the IPL’s upcoming 15th birthday at March 17, 2010, the IPL will be launching the IPL 15 Things – introducing 15 of our favorite online technologies, with background information, best practices, related readings, examples of how the IPL is using the technology, and hands-on exercises. Explore our first of 15 “Things,” Blogging, and take the 15 Things Challenge!
I came across this in one of my readings and thought that it was very interesting. This identifies 22 different channels of social tools where discussions take place and stories are told.
Well, I’m on my way to gathering research on what it takes to best serve distance/online students in the virtual environment. I’m very interested in discovering what programs provide this opportunity. In my mind, this would be a truly embedded librarian, in the course delivery system and the courses themselves. Many of the platforms and courses that I’ve seen or have taken do include a link to library resources and even the occasional link to Ask a Librarian. Unfortunately, these links go directly to the main library web site and services. As online participants, that is an already accessible avenue. What I see is the need for specialized service – structured specifically for and with the needs of this wholly different environment in mind. Specific resources picked and set up to address the unique needs of online students and instructors.
To go one step further, I think that services in general need to be re-thought in terms of online students. Think about it – physical attendance often includes some sort of orientation; fin aid, admissions, library, student services, etc. For distance ed, there does not seem to be any pathfinder for this information, and you certainly cannot drop in to check on something. It can be a frustrating experience for many students.
Many of the opportunities for community are applicable to virtual learning – but they need to be supported and structured for a good fit. Mentoring programs, study groups, alumni participation – all of these should be equally achievable for the online student.
So, how to make myself into a widget…What do you think?
The time is approaching…MyInfoquest will launch on July 20th. We currently have 36 libraries participating in this collaborative text reference service. The advisory committee and subcommittees have been meeting regularly and working hard.
This project is a pilot project slated to run through December, 2009. We are working on securing funding to continue the service. One of the ways that we are doing this is through an upcoming conference “The Handheld Librarian.” This is a one-day, virtual conference offering presentations on a wide variety of topics.
Please take a look at the conference site – the attendance fee is more than reasonable and you are supporting a groundbreaking library service by attending!
I recently finished presenting two sessions to Library Trustees and Directors of my library system on user centered change. I am very happy to say that the presentations were well received. I presented information on Web and Library 2.0 and tools/resources that could be used by system libraries to increase their reach to both users and non users.
The audiences were receptive and responsive, which was very exciting. They listened with open minds and asked important, relevant questions. I am writing about this because it gives me great hope and pride for my library system. This a system of 40+, mostly rural libraries, and I think that any adoption of new resources and social networks/media will greatly enhance communication, both between libraries and with patrons!
This is great! Check out what the ASU libraries are doing…
I’ve just been able to start reading Born Digital by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser and just the introduction has me thinking about so many different things. This book seems like it is going to be really great and right on. So, as I come across interesting points, I thought that I would share them and see what others think.
I usually cringe when people refer to the Net Generation and their technology use and/or skills. I think that there is an assumption by some that this means that this group has advanced skills. As a librarian, I immediately think of searching for information, databases, etc, and think – yeah, most don’t have these skills.
This book talks about those born after 1980 and instead of calling them a generation, they refer to them as a population, pointing to the fact that “of the 6 billion people in the world only 1 billion even have access to digital technologies.” The authors talk about the real issues and those that fear has turned into overreaction.
I look forward to sharing thoughts on this – have you read it?
What do you think?