Friday, 27 April 2007

RSS in plain English

Ever had to explain RSS? I always find that this is the part of a talk about Web 2.o tools where its easy to make people glaze over! I was really glad to come across references to this slick little movie which explains it really quickly and simply. Give it a try! It's called RSS in plain English.

Friday, 13 April 2007

Video IM Instant Messaging

Slides from a fascinating presentation by Char Booth about Ohio University Library's recent Video IM project given at ACRL Cyber Zed Shed 31 March 2007. Could this be the answer to providing assistance on other floors of large libraries?

Web 2.0 videos

This site collects together a number videos and Powerpoints about Web 2.0 which could be very useful for teaching and demonstrations. Some of them are very entertaining. It is an offshoot of the Shambles in SE Asia (The Education Project Asia) which aims to help international schools find resources.

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Coming of Age : an introduction to the new World Wide Web

This free publication available since last year is edited by Terry Freedman with chapters by 14 authors from UK, USA, Canada and Thailand, set out to inspire teachers to use Web 2.0. There are some interesting insights in its 92 pages and school librarians should find it very exciting!

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Library 2.0 social network

In a rush of enthusiasm I have joined my first social network Library 2.0, powered by Ning. It has only been running a month and already has 930 members!!! I guess they are mainly from the States but this may change. Give it a try! This shows the level of interest and first impressions are that it is a very interesting place to gain new ideas and run discussions.

Back from LILAC, Manchester, 26-28 March 2007

Returning from Conferences always means a pile of e-mails and now also a host of blog posts to read. Then there are the freebies, pens, publishers' handouts about abstruse databases to unpack, and thinking about reading all the notes I've made (and now can't quite decipher) ; and the memories of Alfred Waterhouse's Town Hall. Yes, it was a great Conference and Sheila Webber has blogged about some of the sessions already. The LILAC site will contain the Powerpoints in due course.

Web 2.0 on YouTube

This post from the Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century blog draws attention to several resources on YouTube about Web 2.0 in addition to "The Machine is Us" and may be useful aids to discussion.