Friday, October 26, 2007

Week Nine - 18. Read about the Library 2.0 movement

What is Library 2.0?

The concept of Library 2.0 stems from the Business 2.0 and the Web 2.0 movements. This includes online services like the use of OPAC systems and an increased flow of information from the user back to the library. The Library 2.0 movement is really about innovation, people and community building. According to Wikipedia the vision of the Library 2.0 movement is accomplished through trust and by encouraging users to share ideas through writing, rating and commenting about everything in the library’s collection. Proponents of the the Library 2.0 concept expect that ultimately the Library 2.0 model for service will replace traditional, one-directional service offerings that have characterized libraries for centuries.

General Principles of Library 2.0

It is difficult to identify the exact parameters of Library 2.0 since it is in a perpetual beta state. However, there seems to be a general consensus around the following principles:

  • Librarians are allowed to create resources for their users quickly and easily
  • Library Services are frequently evaluated and updated to meet the needs of users
  • Library collections are made available via open, personalized interactive services that encourage content creation, editing, commenting, bookmarking, rating, tagging etc. by users
  • Two way flow of information from the library to the user and from the user to the library
  • Libraries embrace radical trust
  • Libraries give users some measure of control
  • Librarians are knowledgeable about and utilize information tools favoured by users


Your Task!

Read through a few of the opinions on the Library 2.0 movement that we provide, or search for blogs about Library 2.0 using Google or Technorati then write an entry in your blog on something you have learnt about the Library 2.0 movement.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Week Nine - 17. Play with

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Categorise and share your bookmarks online!

Social bookmarking is an online bookmarking manager. It allows you to add bookmarks and share them with others. It's great if you want access to your bookmarks from multiple locations, eg home and office.

Just like Flickr where you can organise your photos using tags, using you can also organise your bookmarks with tags any way you want to.

What makes attractive to its users is the social aspect. You may think you have found some great web sites and then you tag them, but you are also able to see what other people have bookmarked and see what else they have tagged that may be of interest to you. It's a great way of sharing interesting links with colleagues or friends.

Discovery Resources

Your Task

For this exercise, you need to visit and type something of interest to yourself into the search bar. Find another user's trail and you may just discover a new wealth of information. Let us know what you find and what you think of social bookmarking on your blog.

If you are really keen sign up and become a user it's a great way of keeping track of interesting websites, especially if you are someone that works from a few different locations or you want to share links with others.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The student of today...

And another video you may be interested in. Information R/evolution.

Week Eight - 16. Google Homepage

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Remember the list of Google products and services from last week. Imagine being able to access all of those products from the one website, using the one account. Well thanks to iGoogle you can.

Google offers the ability to create a personalized iGoogle page that gives you at-a-glance access to key information from Google and across the web. On this self-designed page, you can choose and organize content such as:

  • Your latest Gmail messages
  • Headlines from Google News and other top news sources
  • Weather forecasts, stock quotes, and movie showtimes
  • Bookmarks for quick access to your favorite sites from any computer
  • Your own section with content you find from across the web
  • Google Book Search

Discovery Resources

Before completing any of the tasks below, please login to your google account using the email address and password setup in last week's task or when you created your blogspot blog.


  1. Go to iGoogle and login if you have not logged in
  2. Add the following gadgets (check out the discovery resources to show you how to do this):
    • Google Map Search gadget
    • Google Book Search gadget
    • One of the facebook gadgets
    • Google Docs and Spreadsheet gadget
  3. Search for a library gadget and add this to your homepage

And finally...

Check out the following youtube video about working at Google.

4. Create a post in your blog page about this exercise. Don’t know what to write about? Think about these questions: Do you like iGoogle? What improvements would you suggest to Google? Would you like to work at Google?

Friday, October 12, 2007

Week Seven - 15. Google Book Search

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Discovery Resources

Your tasks

  1. Read about Google Book Search (see link above)
  2. Go to Google Book Search
  3. Search for your favourite book.
  4. Create a post in your blog about this Google Book Search. Don't know what to blog about? Think about these questions: Is Google the new Microsoft? How can your library use Google book search?

Week Seven - 14. Google Docs & Spreadsheets

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Discovery Resources

Your Tasks

  1. Take a tour of Google Docs & Spreadsheets.
  2. Go to Google Docs, login and create a new document.
  3. Start Typing a letter to me!
  4. Save the document
  5. Share the document with me as a viewer (
  6. Save the document and return to the homepage of Google Docs.
  7. Create a new spreadsheet
  8. Type the following in the spreadsheet:
  9. Spreadsheet screenshot of the AFL ladder after round 19 2007
  10. Publish the spreadsheet so everyone can see.
  11. Place the address on your blog.
  12. Finally, write a brief post in your blog about Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Will you need to purchase Microsoft Word for home now?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Week Seven - 13. Play with Google Maps

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If you haven't heard of Google by now, I'm not sure what planet you have been living on, but it definitely hasn't been Earth. Everyone knows about the famous Google search engine, but did you know there is a complete suite of Google products that are available for the everyday user? These products include gmail (an online email application), google docs and spreadsheets, google maps, google calendar and google talk just to name a few. In the past few years Google has also bought out successful web companies such as youtube and picasa to add to their suite of products. Check out the full list of Google products and services.

In the last few years, there have been many reports that Google has become the new microsoft. Even if this is the case, Google is offering web based applications at a minimal cost to the user (usually only exposure to some advertisements) and the new generation is utilising these applications more and more everyday. This week's task will introduce you to some Google applications including Google Maps, Google Docs and Spreadsheets and Google Book Search. Next week you will be able to join these applications together on your new google homepage.

Discovery Resources

Before completing any of the tasks below, please create a google account using your Deakin email address. If you are using blogspot for your blog, you already have a google account. Please use this for all google tasks.

  1. Take a tour of Google Maps.
  2. Go to Google Maps Australia and find the following:

    • your place of work
    • your home
    • hotels in brunswick (remember there are many places in the world named Brunswick so you may need to put the state or country in the search field too).
  3. Find directions from Swinburne University Hawthorn campus to Deakin University Waterfront Campus. Hint: type in john street hawthorn to gheringhap st geelong.
  4. Finally, create a post in your blog telling the world about google maps. What did you think of google maps?

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Rest Week

Congratulations on reaching the half-way point! It’s not as hard as you first thought is it? Okay, by reading the blogs, RSS and flickr has come out on top as being the hardest to conquer. As a few people have mentioned, bloglines isn’t the best way to receive RSS feeds, Google Reader and even through the firefox browser is much easier. If you would like any assistance, remember I am only a phone call/email away!

A lot of people found flickr frustrating. If you did, but would still like to explore the ability to post images on the web, check out Photobucket. I have been using this for years and find it a lot easier to use than flickr. Yes, it doesn’t have a lot of the “extra” functionality that flickr does, but it does what it does well (excuse the English!).

Enjoy your week off! Next week we start looking at the Google suite. Some interesting times ahead!