Symposium posters
The Academic Library Meets Web 2.0: Applications & Implications
Chen Xu
Visiting Ph.D. Student
Palmer School of Library & Information Science
Long Island University
The Academic Library is different from the Public Library. The Public
Library tends to serve a wide variety of interests, but the Academic
Library helps faculty and students to meet their teaching, research and
learning needs. Web 2.0 is a brand-new platform which can be adapted and
used by academic library clients.

Some concept model has been suggested for Academic Library 2.0 in the
literature. But little research has been done on actual applications of
Web 2.0 in the Academic Library. This study proposes a new vision of
Academic Library 2.0 based on Web 2.0 applications. A survey of the
academic libraries on Long Island, New York will be conducted to find
out: 1) What Web 2.0 applications have been actually used in academic
libraries, and 2) What implications Web 2.0 would bring to academic
libraries. Finally, this study intends to suggest a framework of
Academic Library 2.0 according to the survey and related literature.
The Steampunk Library / The Return to Grandeur
William Caniano
Lori Cimino
Nassau Community College
Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It is a picture of the past that has adopted future technology.

What was lost in the big rush towards converting reference areas into information commons was the libraryness of the library. While the adoption of the information commons has been practically useful, it lacks the grandeur of a library. In essence we have turned quiet, impressive reference areas into very large computer labs. While not opposing the idea of the information commons it is felt that in the rush to be more technologically orientated we lost sight of the library, in other words we can not see the library through the computers. The implementation of the information commons needlessly changed the look and feel of the library. The computer lab feel encourages a casualness that does not necessarily jive with a place where people are studying and doing research.

With the advent of Library 2.0 this trend of Labization (the conversion of the reference rooms into I.T. Labs.) will continue at the expense of the viable study and research space. A keen eye must be turned towards maintaining the intrinsic nature and mission of the college/research library, which is study and research. As Labization continues our information commons will devolve into greater depths of informality. This proposal is not suggesting a return to the bad old days of the shushing librarian. What the Steampunk Library calls for is a bit more decorum, a return to grandeur.

The ideas behind the information commons and Library 2.0 are attempts to incorporate new technologies into the way we answer reference questions and perform research. However, Library 2.0 needs to be mindful of the mission of the library. The library is a place to study and it needs to reject anything that turns reference areas into just another I.T. Lab. Technologies are tools in the librarian’s toolbox and should never supplant our mission. To that end, the idea behind steampunk is to tweak the information commons to maintain the library feel of the library.

What this entails is the following:

  • Fewer computers
  • Computers are for research only (thus no Microsoft office)
  • More space for quiet reading (arm chairs not couches)
  • Separate rooms/area for group work
  • Carrels with laptop docking stations
  • More open space

Web 2.0 and Information Literacy: the Importance of Critical Thinking in the Health Sciences

Laura S. Cobus, MLIS, MPA
Hunter College - Brookdale Campus
Blogs and Wikis are examples of web 2.0 technology that facilitate collaboration and participation in the online world. In the health sciences, the emergence of these interactive and social tools potentially increases the risk of generating harmful or biased information.   It is therefore the health professional's responsibility to have the skills to critically appraise web content that has not undergone traditional peer-review, as well as to understand various types of information consumers use to make health decisions. These responsibilities were the focus in a 3-credit graduate Urban Public Health course taught by a librarian and were addressed with assignments using blog and wiki technology within the course management tool, Blackboard. The assignments fostered a student community, and comprehension of the issues surrounding 2.0 as it relates to public health.
MySpace or Facebook - The Social Networking Faceoff:
What's Right for Your Library?
Beth Evans
Brooklyn College Library,
City University of New York
Shannon Kealey
Frederick L. Ehrman, Medical Library, New York University School of Medicine

Social networking web sites epitomize two distinguishing characteristics of Web 2.0.  Sites such as MySpace and Facebook encourage interactivity among participants and are free to use for any who register. The two sites offer ready-made platforms for libraries interested in reaching their users where they already are spending their time online. Many libraries have already established a presence for themselves on either or both of these social network sites and are using them to broadcast information to groups of interested users, connect with and offer support to individual users, and establish a refreshing, new image of how a library operates and what a library has to offer. Beth Evans (Brooklyn College Library, City University of New York) and Shannon Kealey (Frederick L. Ehrman Medical Library, New York University School of Medicine) have established successful profiles for their institutions on Myspace and Facebook, respectively.

Their goal in their presentation is to:

  • Demonstrate some the features of each tool that make it ideal for doing outreach, and accepting input, from users in the online community,
  • Discuss the successes and challenges of using each of these tools at the two institutions,
  • Help participants recognize which tool would better serve the needs of a particular type of institution, and
  • Consider what the future may bring for institutions once they have established a presence for themselves in these online environments.
Social Networking: The Intersection between Content, Collaboration & Community

Jasmine de Gaia
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

The term social networking may be new, but the concepts behind it – of sharing content, collaborating with others and creating a community – are not. In fact, they have been around for a long time, and are at the heart of what libraries offer. What IS new is the digital medium, which makes the contribution of content and interacting with other people faster, easier and more accessible to a wider population than it’s ever been before. The challenge before us is how to apply social networking in a digital age to enhance and extend libraries.

In this poster session, we’ll explore the trends and behaviors of users of the social web and look at specific examples of how various libraries have applied social media to benefit their organizations. We’ll also provide a hands-on demo of the social functionality OCLC is building, including profiles, personal bibliographies, user lists, reviews, ratings, recommendations, and much more.

Join us for an exciting and interactive session on a wide array of social networking applications for libraries!
Unraveling Web 2.0: Matching the Technology to the Need
Dr. Sara Marcus
San Jose State University
The purpose of this poster session is to provide an overview of some of the online tools used for communication and to discuss how people communicate differently in this environment. The tools of communication to be examined include, but are not limited to, e- mail, Weblogs, podcasts, IM, chat rooms, Flickr, Facebook / Myspace, Wikis, YouTube, Web conferencing, discussion boards, SecondLife, VOIP, social bookmarking, Google Docs, and listservs. In addition, this session will examine how people don't always know how to communicate well in this age of participatory communication. It will also examine whether these methods of communication make us more or less global, and their effects on the generation gap.

Based on a course created for and taught at San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science, this poster will compare and contrast technologies of Web 2.0, particularly as they relate to use in libraries. The issues explored will include time, place, space, disabilities, technology access, the digital divide, participant size, content control, editorial control, intellectual freedom, and censorship issues.


How Can YouTube, Web 2.0 Metadata and Blogs Provide a Dynamic Information Learning Environment?

Elizabeth Sher, MLS
The use of video-based learning, Internet search tools and blogs are frequently a part of academic research. Librarians can communicate how to present bibliographic information and research by using blogs, video technology and real time chat tools for library users. Web 2.0 presents a platform where metadata links multitudes of information sources to create dynamic, stimulating and innovative learning platforms. In this poster presentation I will demonstrate how live video instruction is an advantageous tool in library instruction. I will also explain why metadata from various sources can help learners with differing learning styles.