[Libs-Or] Preconference: "Web 2.0: Understanding Social Software and What it Means for Your Patrons"
rbridgewater at gmail.com
Tue Feb 14 10:31:57 PST 2006
The Library Instruction Round Table is pleased to present "Web 2.0:
Understanding Social Software and What it Means for Your Patrons", a
pre-conference session at this year's OLA conference.
This half-day pre-conference (9-12 on Wed. 4/5) will explore social software
technologies like blogs and wikis.
Once the purview of the geeks and the early adopters, social software
applications have made their way into the mainstream. And it seems that
every day more tools emerge: social bookmarking, citation-sharing, RSS and
more. Just keeping abreast of new tools and what they do is a challenge for
busy librarians. As our users find them, though, the challenges
and more, these tools are being used in ways that force librarians to
reconsider how we teach our students and patrons to find and evaluate
information. How do weblogs fit into the publication cycle? How do social
bookmark tags relate to subject headings? It is tempting to focus on the
limitations of information published and organized with social, dynamic
tools. Increasingly, though, simply dismissing these tools based on those
limitations is impossible. Our users are finding the information they need
in increasingly diverse places and sharing and storing that information in
new and surprising ways. We owe it to our patrons to understand these tools
and how they fit into the increasingly complex information landscape.
Presenters: Anne-Marie Deitering, Oregon State University and Rachel
Bridgewater, Washington State University , Vancouver
9am to Noon, Wednesday 4/5
We hope you'll join us for what promises to be an interesting morning!
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