Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Computers in Libraries 2011: Day Two

Day two was excellent! Here are my favorite take-aways:

Keynote: Three Keys to Engaging Digital Natives
Michaelle Manafy, Director of Content, Free Pint Limited

Digital natives are all about public opinion, not private lives.

Andy Warhol’s saying “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” has changed to “Everyone will be famous to 15 people.” – Tara Hunt, The Whuffie Factor

Digital natives are a generation interested in knowledge sharing, not knowledge hoarding.

This generation has more faith in peer-generated content; more confidence in content they helped create.

Public opinion not private lives
Knowledge sharing not knowledge hoarding
Interactions not transactions.

MetaSocial: Making Online & Mobile Interactions Rock!
David Lee King, Digital Branch & Services Manager, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and and Publisher,
Sarah Houghton-Jan, Assistant Director, San Rafael Public Library and and author of
Nate Hill, Web Librarian, San Jose Public Library

What’s Meta Social?
-Status updates: share multimedia, links, “real connections to your customers.”
-Long posts: wiki, blog, description of Flickr photo. Share reviews, articles
-Comments: primary patrons can communicate with staff. Creates conversation.
-Visual: Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, embed these services elsewhere.
-Checking in: Yelp, 4sq, Facebook. Share where you go/visit., like your library, a library event.
-Quick stuff: liking, poking, sharing, favoriting, starred items.

How to make them Rock:
-Listen! See if people are talking about you/your library/your staff. Search for a zip code +book ie: “48170 books” or “48170 reading”. Respond with something like “library has that book!”

-Set up Google Alerts, Twitter searches, follow a tag in flickr

-Friending: let people friend you and friend them back. Focus on the people in your service area rather than anyone anywhere.

-Start conversations. Ask questions that elicit responses.

Sarah Houghton-Jan: Augmented Reality
GPS + camera + accelerometer. Use all three to use data to relate to real-life spaces & objects you are surrounded with.

Wordlens: point camera at anything with text. It’ll translate. English to Spanish, working on more.

I blogged this recently:

"Teching Up" Traditional Library Programs
Sue Scott, Technology Librarian, Marlboro Free Library

Skyping Toddler Time

Technology Tuesdays for children: movie creation, game development, gaming, tech crafts

Movie creation:
-Used Publisher to create movie premier flyers
-Took digital camera pics of kids and had them use MS Paint to create scary masks
-Used Audacity to import music CD tracks of scary sounds as MP3s into Adobe elements

Game development:
-Used web based game tools like Ben10 and Star Wrs to create platformer games that others can try
-Went through “Scratch” tutorial

Tech Crafts:
-Open an old computer and take it apart, discussing how each component works
-Create Starship Enterprise out of CDs/floppies/computer parts

Cooking program enhanced with tech: Cooking Mama software, video games like Wii cooking, web sites about cooking/chefs, YouTube videos about cooking

Babysitting Class
Play flash games:

Book Club with online movies:

Dinner party to celebrate release of Twilight’s “Breaking Dawn”
Add tech: slideshow of stills on the TV from the upcoming movie
Music playing from Twilight CD
Interviews/reviews filmed for YouTube Channel. (ie ask teens “Jacob or Edward?”)

Program on CNET to create ringtones

Fashion show: create CDs so models (teens) can walk to their favorite song. Tape w/Flip.

Make Read posters
Senior Wii bowling league

EBooks & Their Growing Value for Libraries
Moderator: Chad Mairn, Information Services Librarian, St. Petersburg College
Amy Pawlowski, Web Applications Manager, Cleveland Public Library
Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State University Libraries
Ellen Druda, Librarian, Internet Services, Half Hollow Hills Community Library
Rosemarie Jerome, Librarian, Half Hollow Hills Community Library
Bianca Crowley, Biodiversity Heritage Library Collections Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution

eBooks best practices for public libs: create programming, circulate devices, new collection development plans, training, marketing

Librarians need to be accountable for knowing the platforms, technology associated with ebook collections.

eBook Reading Clubs:
-Library staff at Half Hollows Hills Community Library wear buttons: "Ask Me About Ebooks" - staff trained & equipped w/ talking points

Books on the Go reading program:
-Online registration, email reviews, reviews put on library blog, 50 registered, 50+ reviews
-“Just Desserts Party” – readers networked, talked about what they read over the summer.
-Still had a paper option for those offline
-Reviews 50-100 words, people can comment once on the blog.
-Skype session with Jennifer Egan. Discussed her recent book, 40 registered, over 100 reviews. – Reader’s connectionReviews for You blog - Brought eBook records into their catalog from Internet Archive. (Similar to what PDL did with Gutenberg titles.)

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