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Cool Tools and New Technologies

Friday, October 27, 2006

What's new on the technology front of import to libraries? Lots more than we have time to explore on our own! At this October Conference - our tenth! - we explored new online tools, software, services, and hardware, and their features that enhance our work as librarians.

PROGRAM:

8:00 - 9:00
Registration and coffee

9:00 - 9:15
Welcome

Bill Garrity
Director of Biomedical Libraries
Dartmouth College/Dartmouth Medical School and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Presentation (pdf)

9:15 - 10:30
Keynote Presentation - "Never the Same River: Libraries and Technological Change"

Roy Tennant
User Services Architect
California Digital Library
University of California


Since the introduction of the typewriter libraries have witnessed a constant stream of technologies come and go. Record collections gave way to cassette tapes that were replaced by compact discs. The future will not yield fewer or slower changes, but rather more changes implemented more rapidly. So how can libraries foster and support rapid and effective technological change? How can library staff learn to make learning and change a constant part of their professional lives? How can we all learn to use the "flow of the river" to our best advantage?

Roy is an award-winning, internationally recognized pioneer in digital library development and internet training. He is the User Services Architect for the California Digital Library. For additional information see http://roytennant.com/professional.html
Presentation (pdf)

10:30 - 10:45
Break

10:45 - 11:15
"Wikis: Creating Collaboration in Libraries"

Meredith Farkas
Distance Learning Librarian
Norwich University


Wikis allow for unprecedented collaboration and knowledge-sharing, and give even the most non-tech-savvy individual the ability to develop web pages. We will explore wiki concepts, how other libraries are successfully using wikis, and address some of the pros and cons of implementing wikis in libraries.
Presentation (pdf)
Handout (Word)

11:15 - 12:00
RSS Panel

"Using RSS to Promote Scholarly Publications"

Ken Varnum
Associate Librarian
Edwin Ginn Library
The Fletcher School
Tufts University


The Ginn Library has created several databases to track and promote scholarly research by our faculty and students. A faculty publications database provides RSS feeds by author- and user-supplied keywords along with a current awareness feed that includes everything published. A second database highlights student master's theses. Feeds are used internally to populate web pages and externally to promote the school. Learn how we created these two databases.
Presentation (pdf)
Handout (pdf)

"Feeds for the Masses: Broadcasting Library Blog Posts into Online Classrooms via Feed2JS"

Barret Havens
Reference and Instructional Services Librarian
University of Southern Maine


Feed2JS is a free, web-based application that generates JavaScript; once pasted into any web page it will display self-updating content from RSS-enabled sites, including library blogs. After this presentation, even the least technologically inclined librarian will be able to add (or guide teaching faculty through the process of adding) a list of recent blog posts or other RSS-driven content to their online course pages.
Presentation (web)

12:00 - 1:00
Lunch (provided)

1:00 - 1:30
"Letting It All Hang Out: The Social Network"

Roy Tennant
User Services Architect
California Digital Library
University of California


Social networking sites such as MySpace and FaceBook, bookmark-sharing sites (e.g., del.icio.us), photo-sharing sites (e.g., Flickr), and sites where people share their musical tastes (e.g., Last.fm) and their writings (e.g., LiveJournal) all share something in common - they are sites where web users can share aspects of themselves and interact with others doing the same. Other social networking technologies include email, instant messaging, and chatrooms. This talk will explore these technologies and consider possible implications for libraries.
Presentation (pdf)
Presentation (PowerPoint - 13MB)

1:30 - 2:10
Podcasting Panel


"Our Content, Their Device: Three Uses of the iPod"

Jennifer Rutner
Program Coordinator for Marketing & Assessment
Columbia University


Sarah G. Wenzel
Head of Reference Programs
Columbia University


We will describe three projects that utilize different aspects of iPod functionality. One project involves visual display only: turning a call number guide into a scrollable image that patrons may carry into the stacks on their iPods. Another project is underway to provide patrons with a primarily audio tour of the Starr East Asian Library. This will be available in multiple languages. Lastly, an entirely audio experiment using the content generated by Digital Library Seminars offers the opportunity to evaluate recording in lecture settings and the workload involved in producing a podcast.
Presentation (pdf)
Handout (pdf)

"Audio to Go - Podcasting @ WPI"

Christine Drew
Manager of Instruction and Outreach
Gordon Library
Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Worcester Polytechnic Institute's audio series, Audio to Go, is a steadily growing and popular collection that includes Tidbits of Info Wisdom for the MP3 Masses. Each podcast averages two-three minutes, although WPI's inaugural file was a longer, interactive library tour that could be downloaded to an MP3 player. The current focus of the audio series is on creating files that will assist patrons in using free and subscription-based information resources. Titles range from MESHing with PubMed to Liquid Propelled Research: Patent Searching Using the USPTO, which explains search concepts. This presentation will describe how the service was developed, as well as its intended uses and future prospects.
Presentation (pdf)

2:10 - 2:40
"Emerging Mobile Technologies in Libraries"

Gabriel R. Rios
Associate Director for Public Services
Briscoe Library
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio


This presentation is designed to increase your knowledge of emerging mobile technologies by discussing devices such as smart phones, PDAs, Blackberries, and iPods. As use of these mobile devices increases it is essential for libraries to embrace these technologies and utilize them as a vehicle to increase access to information.
Presentation (pdf)

2:40 - 3:10
"Staying Informed"

Bill Garrity
Director of Biomedical Libraries
Dartmouth College/Dartmouth Medical School and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Presentation (pdf)

3:10 - 3:45
Wrap-Up

Roy Tennant
User Services Architect
California Digital Library
University of California



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