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Good post on Infoblog about best Web 2.0 practices and the library catalog.  The idea of cross-promotion within the library by way of library catalog is a good use of Web 2.0 technologies to manufacture interest in the library and what we are doing.

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Today I am at RRLC, at a presentation by Sara Greenleaf of Hobart & William Smith Colleges.  Sara’s presentation is available on SlideShare and is chock full of good resources on 2.0 technology. 

This makes me think some more about trying to develop some staff and faculty training on 2.0 technologies; maybe with an Information Management twist. 

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The LIS Wiki is a great encyclopedia by librarians, for librarians and it has an entry on Library 2.0 which is always being updated and serves as a good primer for those new to the term Library 2.0 and all its various meanings.

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Library Journal‘s September 15th issue features an interesting article about what libraries are doing with tagging and social bookmarking tools.  Some exciting examples are Ann Arbor District Public Library’s experiment with a “social library catalog“.  Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find their tag cloud, a wonderful tool to browse subject headings which works conceptually once you get past the error code at the top of the screen.  Another library, Nashville Public, includes tag clouds right on their homepage, in their case on the front page of their teen web services.  Tags and social bookmarking tools seem a natural segue from traditional, subject-expert dependent catalogs.  Web 2.0’s very unique nature is “user-centered” and libraries need to find a way to incorporate this into their websites in order to stay relevant to their users.

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Jenny Levine describes the Google application for offline access to the Google newsreader on her blog. In a nutshell,

Basically, Google Gears is code that anyone can embed in their online tools to make them available offline. It’s integrated into Google Reader via a one-time install that doesn’t even require you to restart your browser. Once activated, a little icon appears in the upper right-hand corner, green for online, purple for offline.

Perfect for those who have downtime between Internet access points…

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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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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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