Web 2.0: What is working for you?

As part of a plan to teach Web 2.0 and multimedia tools to user services staff at our health sciences library, I would like to get feedback from MAC members who use such tools in their library work or teach them to others.

This would include tools such as RSS feed aggregators, blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, online citation management, podcasting, YouTube, and other online applications.

I’d like to know the following:

1. Key ways Web 2.0 tools help you do your work (examples of how tools have helped you, your unit, or users accomplish tasks and achieve goals)

2. Best way(s) to help others learn to use these tools effectively

3. Specific tools you particularly recommend

4. Other suggestions or thoughts

To respond, please add your comment to this post, OR

Email me at bob_ladd@unc.edu to respond privately by email or to set up a phone appointment.

Thanks for your time and input!

Bob Ladd

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7 Responses to Web 2.0: What is working for you?

  1. Paul Levett says:

    Bob, blog comments are an incredibly useful tool in getting that all important audience participation. During this year’s PCL informatics lectures with 200 first year medical students, my colleague Laura had the inspired idea of posting three questions to the library blog and asking the students to post in the comments box under each question the references they found from doing their own databases searches. Laura then commented on how good/bad the references were i.e. foreign language, 20 years old, etc. teaching the students important information literacy principles. They loved this kind of immediate feedback. I followed Laura’s example last week when I presented to a class of 25 DC high schoolers on health information on the internet – I got a round of applause at the end and positive feedback because I had made the class interactive.

    • Robert Ladd says:

      Thanks a lot Paul. I’m excited that I have already gotten three comments on this post. I’m hopeful that this will encourage more participation in the blog overall.

      I’m interested to learn that you have found blog comments to be a effective way to make instruction interactive… definitely worth thinking about!

  2. Lori Graham says:

    1. Key ways Web 2.0 tools help you do your work (examples of how tools have helped you, your work group, or users accomplish tasks and achieve
    goals)

    The Jameson Blogspots allow me to get out CME and Library information to physicians and students. I created to Blogspots: One blog is for CME and Library and the other is for the School of Nursing. It gives the student and medical staff a source to find information in one place pertaining to resources for CME and research.

    2. Best way(s) to help others learn to use these tools effectively.

    I have orientation every year for students. For the freshmen, I have a brief time during orientation week, and then during computer orientation I get more specific on resources. For seniors, there is a brief time during their orientation and then I get more specific during the Psychology rotation. The student do a presentation on topic for the Psych and for their last Med Surg. I show them how to obtain the resources and how to utilize Google Docs.

    In using Google Docs spreadsheets for my library survey, I was approached by the IT department to show another department how to use the form feature to create a “survey” form for extended patient days. They now use it to keep track of the whys and whos of patients staying longer than the projected days.

    3. Specific tools you particularly recommend

    I found blogs are most helpful. As a solo librarian, I am finding difficulty fitting the wiki into my relm. I like to use Google Docs for sharing materials.

    4. Other suggestions or thoughts
    The use of the blogs has made me more popular…which is a good thing.