Monday, October 24, 2011

Changed acess in my Google sites

Hello all,

I was told that access to the link to my podcast was restricted so I went in and fixed it so that if you have the link you can get to the site without having to sign in. The link is in my previous blog post. If you have any further trouble, please let me know.

Kathleen

Friday, October 21, 2011

Homeschooling podcast

For my podcast, my topic is homeschoolers and their use of the libraries. I selected it because it is a subject that is close to my heart as I was homeschooled and because of that, I used the library a lot and that is why, to this day, I still love going there. Essentially the main points are what librarians need to know about homeschoolers and what librarians need to do to better meet the needs of homeschooling children. I want people to learn that the reasons for homeschooling can vary, that these kids can be dedicated and hardworking scholars, and that librarians are in a special position to assist these kids with their education and help them to reach their potential. Included here is the link to my GoogleSites page where you can download the podcast. I look forward to your feedback. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Thoughts on Web 2.0

Before this class, the only Web 2.0 tools I was familiar with was social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Flickr and also blogging, instant messaging and the use of discussion forums. Of course now I am becoming more comfortable with using other tools such as Weblogs, RSS, and tagging and can see why academic and public libraries are making use of them to make patrons aware of what resources are available for use, what events are approaching and what additional services are available. Of course what tools a library will use often depends on what kind of library it is. Anttiroiko and Savolainen (2011) stated that while it may be easy to determine what tools are being used by the libraries, it can be difficult at times to measure how much these tools are actually being used by the targeted group, the patrons.


Based on my personal observations and experiences, I believe that blogging and discussion boards are better for academic purposes of sharing information as it provides a more open forum for the exchange of ideas of a more scholarly and professional nature. I know that’s what I use them for. In the case of public libraries, I once did an assignment where I observed the actions of patrons using the computers of my public library for a period of three hours and the top three Web 2.0 tools I saw being used were Facebook, YouTube and some form of Instant Messaging.


As to the drawbacks, one that comes to mind for me is the lack of privacy. Huwe (2011) stated that “Social media users love connectivity, but they are struggling with ways to set boundaries” (p. 26). I know that I am concerned about putting certain information about myself out there for fear of someone gaining access to it. Every time a website requires me to enter information like my full name or my birth date, I cringe. Another drawback is the cost of maintaining these tools. Libraries must spend money in order to insure that they have the required hardward and software in order for these tools to function properly and particularly in these difficult economic times, this can be an added expense that libraries might not be able to afford. A third drawback is that the average person who may want to do legitimate research may not be able to gain access to the more scholarly tools, a point emphasized Amanda Click (2010), who states that students "expressed a clear sense of separation between educational and social spaces in the online environment".


However, despite the difficulties, I believe that there are still a great many benefits to be had from web 2.0 tools as they promote communication and open up sources for research and the exchange of information. As long as librarians are willing to work hard to provide these tools and help people to use them, I see that they will be a part of library services for a long time to come.



References


Anttiroiko, A., & Savolainen, R. (2011). Towards Library 2.0: The Adoption of Web 2.0 Technologies in Public Libraries. Libri, 61(2), 87-99.doi: 10.1515/libri.2011.008


Click, A. & Petit, J. (2010). Social networking and web 2.o in information literacy. The International Information & Library Review, 42, 137-142. doi:10.1016/j.iilr.2010.04.007


Huwe, T. K. (2011). Library 2.0, meet the 'web squared' world. Computers in Libraries, 31(3), 24-26. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Web 2.0 Tool: Satellite Beach Public Library Teeen Services Facebook Page

The Web 2.0 tool being used by a library that I found is the Facebook page for my local library which is the Satellite Beach Public Library. This page focuses on the services that are available for teens, which is a great thing as the local junior high and high schools are located nearby. I like that it provides a lot of great information about the library, its many programs and resources and upcoming events. It has many uses as it provides students with study aids and additional resources that a school media center may not have and as for limitations, there were none that I could find. The only thing I would change is that I would make it more visually appealing with the use of photos and graphics.