Web 2.0 Library Trek

Assignment 2 for the subject Social Networking for Information Professionals required a creation of a project on the topic. I created the Web 2.0 Library Trek online training program using the wiki tool Wikispaces.

Current social media tools are highlighted in order to provide a self-paced training program for public library staff to broaden their skills and knowledge in the online social media environment (Web 2.0). This program updates and extends the former 23 Things training program established by Helen Blowers in 2006 for the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County. Helen Blowers Learning 2.0 23 Things.

This updated program will provide information and training using the latest popular tools, includes relevant compliance information, and offers investigation opportunities into associated mobile technologies. This training is to prepare library staff for the launch of the Library Social Media Program that will be launched mid-year of 2013.

The objectives of this project are:

  • To provide relevant knowledge and training to library staff about Web 2.0.
  • To provide a unified, confident and knowledgeable presence for the library using the popular online social networking websites.
  • To enable library staff to be able to initiate conversation relevant to libraries within these environments.
  • To provide library staff with the confidence to be able to engage in conversation about local, state-wide, national and international events and campaigns as opportunities arise.
  • To foster a love of reading using online social networking tools.
  • To create a unified approach to the Library Social Media Program that is professional and compliant.

The training program, Web 2.0 Library Trek, is situated online using a wiki. This is because a wiki enables easy linking to resources such as informational videos. It also allows for access for participants wherever an internet connection is available, thereby allowing work at home as well as at work. It also allows group collaboration.

The social networking tools selected for this project are the most popular and most commonly used at this moment in time. The tools will be divided and grouped by similarity of function. This should allow for a better understanding of the tools during the investigation process. The tools chosen for this project reflect those that could be used in the Public Library Social Media Program from an organisational viewpoint, although in actuality not all will be included in the proposed program.

If you are not Web 2.0 savvy then I invite you to undertake this free online training course keeping in mind that it is aimed at people working in libraries. Good luck and enjoy.


OLJ 08 – Module 3 – Online Personal Learning Network

As an ‘early adopter’ I have been actively involved with the Web 2.0 world since 2004. With a Bloglines aggregator I subscribed to many blogs that set me on a fast-paced learning journey that astounded me. I revelled in it and did not need to undertake the later 23 Things training as I had already acquired that knowledge and skill set.

Online tools have come and gone as quickly as the terms surrounding them. Where is MySpace now? Google Reader replaced Bloglines and now that too is doomed to the e-archives. Amazon has just purchased the popular GoodReads platform. It is a constantly moving landscape, so don’t get too comfortable.

I have observed people get obsessed with the tools to such an extent that their relationship with their screens and text-buddies dominates their life to the extent that their ‘real life’ and ‘real life relationships’ are neglected and suffer. For me, as a lover of technology, art, literature, ideas, media, learning, and a free mind, I have always realised the wisdom of balance. A walk in the outdoors, looking at nature, talking to your parents, children, spouse, dog, going to watch a game of footy, going cycling, doing yoga, meditating, etc, etc, are all important and not to be neglected. So in terms of where I find myself on the graph offered by Jeff Utecht on his blog The Thinking Stick in 2008, I am at Stage 5 which is ‘balance’. (Utecht, 2008)

The power of the Online Personal Learning Network is harnessed by capturing your chosen resources into one online location and the aggregator is a perfect tool for this. Here you can link to your favourite resources and get the updates displayed as they are available. Google is making a big mistake getting rid of its Reader, IMHO.


It is not just blogs, but podcasts, video, news, photos, and so much more, all delivered shiny and new to your Reader. I have exported my collection of RSS feeds (that needs trimming/curating) to Feedly. But it is early days for Feedly – so we’ll see how it goes.

So in considering my Online Personal Learning Network with a holistic view, I can see that my ‘gap’ is in the sharing part of this experience. Beth Kanter suggests three parts to this process: seek; sense; share. (Kanter, 2011) I have no trouble in sharing my knowledge in the real world in discussions with colleagues around me. But I do hesitate to share and connect with people I don’t know in reality but only see or hear of online. This is to do with trust, knowing people, and the process of building relationships. I am also very aware of the discrepancy in personal character and integrity as seen in reality compared to what is portrayed online. Many people are wordsmiths and able to craft their thoughts cleverly online, but fail to live up to their online persona when you hear them speak in the real world; and vice versa. How to process this gap and build trust is an issue for me that leads to my reluctance to engage fully online.


Kanter, B. (2011). Using social media for professional learning: Seek sense and share. Retrieved from http://www.bethkanter.org/seek-sense-share/

Utecht, J. (2008). Stages of PLN adoption. Retrieved from http://thethinkingstick.com/stages-of-pln-adoption

OLJ 06 – Module 2 – Maiden voyage to Second Life

Not a gamer and not a digital native, I was never drawn to virtual immersion games such as Second Life. I prefer real life activities rather than sitting at a screen for hours on end. In my spare time I cycle, go to the beach, cook, etc.

But I was keen for the experience so when our study group met at Jokaydia I found out how much fun it could be. I was surprised to find that people’s actual personalities seem to shine through their avatar. This doesn’t happen so much with Facebook and Twitter.

We explored the Multi-User Virtual Environment (MUVE), experimenting with the functionality of the controls while in reality we were situated across Australia and New Zealand.

Study group at Jokaydia

Study group at Jokaydia

Here we are gathered outside: Suzette (me with the red hair); Parfa (in the Raiders of the Lost Ark hat); LibraryMel; Lwarre10; and Cas Geordie (our instructor). Adamf77; Carmesa and MissDanz joined us later.

It is a perfect tool for learning and simulation; engaging learners through: demonstration, experience, diagnosis, role play, and construction. (Helmer & Learning Light, 2007, p, 7-21) Some of the disadvantages of Second Life as a learning environment are: technology barriers; interface design; orientation process; cognitive dissonance; security issues; and governance. (Helmer & Learning Light, 2007, p. 22-29)

I was impressed to hear that Stanford University has a digital library in Second Life. (Linden Research, n.d.) This made me think about what the difference might be between a digital library in Second Life and a digital library on a website. Perhaps the main difference is the feeling of actually going into a library. Other advantages might be sharing the experience with others via their avatars, and perhaps getting assistance or instruction from an avatar on standby in the library, as opposed to solo surfing the Stanford Library Digital website.(Stanford University, n.d.)

It seems to be a good tool for meetings and this tool could enhance professional meetings of people who need to discuss things but are spread across the world. I think about the professional organisation that I am part of but need to travel five hours there and then five hours return just to attend these quarterly meetings. Presentations, links to websites, photos, video, and probably much more can be embedded into the “rooms” and shared in a similar way as meetings in the real world.

As a ‘noob’ (Urban Dictionary, 2007) to this environment I have just touched the surface and while I have no real desire to spend hours immersed online in a MUVE, I see the value in using this tool for teaching and learning environments.


Helmer, J. & Learning Light (2007). Second Life and virtual worlds. Retrieved from http://www.norfolkelearningforum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/virtual-worlds_ll_oct_2007.pdf

Linden Research (n.d.). Stanford University – Second Life. Retrieved from http://secondlife.com/destination/600

Stanford University (n.d.) Digital Collections Stanford University Library. Retrieved from http://library.stanford.edu/subjects/digital-collections

Urban Dictionary (2007). Urban Dictionary – noob. Retrieved from http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=noob

Wikipedia (2013). MUVE – Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MUVE

OLJ 03 – Module 1 – Open Leadership

Driving to work along the open highway past fields of summer-yellowed grass still wet with morning mist, I listened to an interview from 2010 with Eric Schwartzman talking to Charlene Li on the topic of selling social media to leaders of organisations.

The main point made by Charlene Li is that leaders need to embrace online social media tools and that they will benefit by doing so, instead of having a closed attitude to discussing the organisation through social media channels. Several examples were given where organisations had handled negative comments; some positively and some negatively; and how this can influence their success or demise.

A comparison was laboured between Facebook and Google. I thought this was a flawed argument since Facebook is a social networking platform and Google is a search engine. It would have made more sense to compare Facebook with Google+, but according to Wikipedia Google+ was launched in mid 2011.

wind_turbines_image_by_susan_bentleyAs I drove along past the wind turbines, listening intently to this podcast, thoughts would arise that I wanted to note for my studies, so I paused the audio, swapped over to the record function on my iPod, then made a voice memo that I would later transcribe. I did this several times with my eyes on the road ever watchful for kangaroos, koalas, and other traffic.

I thought about other resources I have consumed of a similar nature. I regularly listen to two podcasts: This Is Your Life by Michael Hyatt is about “intentional leadership; Circulating Ideas is a library focused podcast by Steve Thomas; Face2Face is a book by David Lee King on social media for libraries; and Leadership for the Disillusioned by Amanda Sinclair is a book about the changing nature of leadership and offers some practical advice for more effective leadership. You can hear what she has to say here.


Allen & Unwin (n.d.). Leadership for the disillusioned. http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=94&book=9781741751000

Hyatt, M. (2013). This is your life. Retrieved from http://michaelhyatt.com/thisisyourlife

King, D. L. (2013). Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections. Retreived from http://www.davidleeking.com/face2face/

Li, C. (2010, September 14). Selling Social Media Strategy to Leadership . (E. Schwarzman, Interviewer) Retreived from http://ontherecordpodcast.com/pr/otro/selling-social-media-boss.aspx

Melbourne Business School (n.d). MBS: Amanda Sinclair. Retrieved from http://www.mbs.edu/index.cfm?objectid=B42F0DA2-D3F2-B4EF-439FB4A96E73657C

YouTube (2012). Prof Amanda Sinclair, University of Melbourne – Leading mindfully at work. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyvmnI1fvdg

Thomas, S. (2013). Circulating ideas. Retrieved from http://www.circulatingideas.com/