Archive for June, 2009

Some upcoming presentations have now been added to the blog (see the Resources page for a complete list of presentations):


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An interesting video from Aarhus Public Libraries in Denmark is a good example of how ‘library 2.0’ can be seen as being about more than just the technology.  Here the Aarhus Main Library’s focus is on involving the users in order to cater to their needs; user collaboration and participatory design in libraries is encouraged.

From the video: “In the new library, user-driven innovation will be part of the daily work. The user’s needs are in focus.”

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Unleash the Users by transformationlab

For those who are interested, you can read more about the concept of user-driven innovation and the Aarhus Main Library in the report “The Library’s Voice: A Guide to User-driven Innovation”, available as an ePaper or PDF in both Danish and English from http://www.aakb.dk/sw135335.asp

As LIS professionals in Australia, are we headed in a similar direction?

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For anybody wanting to become more familiar with the ways that microblogging service Twitter is being used by libraries and librarians, an article in the May edition of Computers in Libraries by Sarah Milstein gives a brief overview:

For many people, the word “twitter” brings to mind birds rather than humans. But information professionals know that Twitter (www.twitter.com) is a fast-growing, free messaging service for people, and it’s one that libraries (and librarians) can make good use of—without spending much time or effort…

You can read the free full-text version of the article, “Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians)” here.

You can also read about some of the ways that Twitter is being incorporated into real-life educational settings (albeit in this case not for LIS education), for example by reading about the respective classroom experiences of Monica Rankin and David Parry, both from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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