Tuesday, 12 May 2009

NoWAL - Web 2.0 in Libraries

Well I am finally blogging about this. I have been so busy with the new job that I just haven't had time to get into this blogging business.

So Web 2.0 for Libraries. As I said before Karen Blakeman was taking the session and it was a really enjoyable workshop. We covered many areas of web 2.0 technology as you can see from Karen's presenation at http://www.rba.co.uk/web2 - just a note that this presentation is subject to change because Karen updates it regularly after she's run sessions or when there is new stuff to put on there.

It was great being sat at a PC doing this session as it meant I could take notes on the computer and save them to my memory stick, no need for writing up after. I don't think I put down too much unecessary stuff, which is always a danger when on training courses. I mainly focused on how I thought we could use some of the web 2.0 technology we were discussing and playing around with.

So we covered a multitude of web 2.0 tech, some I'd look at before some I hadn't. One thing I have decided to do as a result of the session is compare iGoogle and Netvibes as start pages. Haven't done too much experimenting since the session mainly due to time constraints (new job as I've said already), so no conclusions yet. Quite like the feel of Netvibes and it seemed a bit easier to use but early days yet.

Another thing I thought we could use is something like Slideshare for sharing our presentations within our service. At the moment we put things onto a shared drive and so people have to have permission to access that drive and it may be that you don't want them to access everything on that drive etc etc. To me this seemed a way to make presentations more accessible to everyone in our service, and not just those who can access particular shared areas.

Think that's enough for now otherwise this post will get too long

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