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A couple of social networking blogs that caught my attention tonight. One is from a colleague over at the University of Rochester who actually attended my workshop last week. Cynthia’s blog is Long time listener, first time caller — I love the title! Cynthia works in IT at the library and is doing much the same thing as me — collecting lots of good library & web 2.0 gadgets and tools and taking them back to her institution and teaching others. The second one is called Mashable! The Social Networking Blog and I found it through Cynthia’s blog. Mashable has lots of great widgets and code for inserting into your blogs, websites and social networking apps like MySpace and YouTube.

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Many campuses of higher education are dealing with budget and staffing issues, as well as a lack of time.  Thus, Second Life has enormous appeal for all academic and student life departments, not just the academic library.  collegewebeditor.com is a web, PR, and marketing blog for higher ed institutions, aimed primarily to admissions and marketing folks, but has lots of posts about web 2.0 and marketing higher ed institutions, probably including the library.  I say probably, because, their aim is the overall institution and attracting students, not marketing to current students.  They do have some interesting posts about SL, such as using SL for emergency drills and disaster preparation for campuses that really can’t afford to do this in the “real” world.

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Great compilation of 2.0 tools for students.  The tools are aimed at mostly college students, but I suppose the list could be adapted for elementary and secondary ed students.  Tools like Zoho Office Suite which has a whole cadre of free word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications.  JotCloud and ShortText for taking notes, Facebook and Stikipad for collaboration on documents, plus many more…

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Today I teach the Blogs, Podcasts and Wikis workshop at RRLC in Rochester.  Participants are from the Rochester, NY region and come from public, special, academic, school and medical libraries.  Tell me what you hope to gain or learn from this workshop!

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I found this piece while googling library elites for a podcasting talk I gave today.  David King wrote about Mary Madden’s recent blog post on the Pew Internet and American Life Project’s website: “This is Library 2.0“.  Mary gave a presentation in  King’s Kansas “neighborhood” and made a delightful observation:

While books are still obviously the main attraction, TSCPL embraces a “more than books” attitude and atmosphere. There’s a café, an art gallery, a conference center, a bookstore, a genealogy center and so much more. There are lectures, performances, classes and tours, and just an overall feeling that there’s more happening at the library than anywhere else in town.

Yep, this pretty much sums up what we ALL need to be doing at our libraries.  Now, if we only had the money to do so…

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It appears that wikis are changing the way we communicate. Although not a revelation to many of us (and, dare I mention, wikis are not revolutionary, its the way we use them that is new and different) , the mainstream media is picking up this theme and running with it. I love the following comment:

The United Nations, notorious for endless deliberations, is trying a technological quick fix. Its Global Compact Office, which promotes corporate responsibility, has embraced a once fringe social technology—the wiki—in hopes that it will help staff in 80 countries share information and reach consensus with less deliberation and more speed.

Wikis go mainstream. I wonder if it will be anything like how blogging hit the mainstream a couple of years ago and made an impression on such warhorses as CNN, who now broadcast a segment with two women “reporters” who sit and show the television audience how the blogosphere is covering major stories. Probably not, but worth mentioning.

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Thanks to George Siemens’ eLearning Resources and News email newsletter:  a recent TechCrunch article on virtual worlds and the different services they provide and a discussion on the Freakonomics blog about the popularity and economic questions sparked by virtual services such as Second Life.  This last one really started an interesting discussion about the supposed “real-world” gains to be made from a virtual world economy.

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