Archive for the ‘Internet Librarian 2006’ Category

Rapport från Internet Librarian International i London
November 8, 2006

IL Librarian London

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Library 2.0 Feed – made possible thanks to xFruits
October 26, 2006

xFruits

Before I came to Monterey for the Internet Librarian conference I was trying to figure out how to collect the blog posts of all the conference bloggers in one single neat interface. I decided to put them together on a new Pageflakes page, on my startpage Akenygren.nu.  It worked out pretty well I think. (I now have removed the “IL 2006” page and exported all the RSS-feeds from there to the “Library Blogs” page)

Yesterday, the last day of the conference, I happened to read a blog posting on a french blog about a service called xFruits, which, among other cool things, enables you to easily mix up to 30 different RSS feeds into one single RSS feed. I put one up, collecting RSS-feeds from 21 different blogs (including the IL 2006 blogger) and named it Library 2.0 Feed.

You can see the result here: Library 2.0 Feed.

I find the solution really great, but there is one pitfall though. The source info on the created page is very small, almost invisible, which makes it difficult for the reader to understand that this is really just a mashup of blog postings from different sources, and not one single blog from only one source. Hopefully it will be possible soon to costumize the site more to make the senders more visible.

IL 2006 Sending live from “What’s New & What’s Hot with Social Software”
October 25, 2006

1.45-2.30 “What’s New & What’s Hot with Social Software”

IL 2006: Cover it all with the conference bloggers
October 25, 2006

Wow, there are so many bloggers here in Monterey doing an excellent – and fast!* – job summing up and commenting the sessions and presentations at the conference that I don’t really see the point why I also should do the same. This is really an example of collaboration culture at its best. Since so many share their good work with others one can focus even more on the interesting details and the small, but meaningful non-official “extras”. Me like 🙂

A convenient way to follow the conference blogging newsflow- if you don’t have an RSS-reader of your own – is to check out the ÍL 2006 Wiki or the Info Today Blog. There almost all of the conference bloggers are listed. You can also visit my personalized homepage www.akenygren.nu (choose “IL 2006”) for an overview of the latest blogger posts.

*One of my absolute favorite blogs is Sarah Houghton’s Librarian in Black. In no time at all , like half an hour or so after each presentation, she has a full summary up and running, full of interesting comments. Incredible!

IL 2006: Research Re-loaded
October 24, 2006

The best things during a conference aren’t always just the actual official presentations and workshops. Fascinating moments can also be the meetings and informal chats in between the sessions. The other day, during lunch, I had an interesting conversation with Audrey Wright, a reference librarian from the Princeton University Library. We talked about jazz – she’s a saxofon player very much into klezmer music, which I just love! 🙂 We also discussed the sometimes creative tension that we can experience between “official” professional life and “private” professional life, and I was lucky to be informed about a cool promotion video she and her collegues at the Office of Information Technology at the University of Princeton produced some years ago. It’s actually a kind of library environment re-make of Matrix Re-loaded, showing the great services that the library offers to their students! Click here and enjoy! 🙂

IL 2006: IM the Library! Tips and Strategies for Launching an IM Reference Service
October 23, 2006

Presenter: Amanda Etches-Johnson www.blogwithoutalibrary.net

“E-mail is for talking to old people”
During her presentation Amanda quoted a teen saying that “E-mail is for talking to old people”
My comment: Wow! So now e-mailing is already old skool communication. Now there is absolutely no valid argument for denying the necessity of introducing chat and IM in the libraries. Now the question isn’t if but when!

75% of online teens use IM
Another striking fact during this very interesting and inspiring workshop was that 75% of the US youth use Instant Messaging applications and that 89% of the teens who go online daily use IM. A lady in the audience said that “the teens are the library users of the future”, and Amanda “added that they are also the tax payers of the future”. From which we can draw the conclusion that if we don’t meet up with the expectations of todays teens when it comes to new technique, we won’t have any funding for the libraries in the future. Interesting – and worrying – thought!

Never log off!
Amanda told us about an interesting conclusion drawn during the Case Study (which she was leading) carried out by the IM Pilot Project at MacMaster University: if, when using IM as a Virtual reference tool, you never log of but instead put status “Away”, the users at least have the opportunity to send you a message, to “knock on the door” and leave a trace. Afterwards you can then revise the incoming messages and from that draw conclusions concerning appropriate opening hours. If, lets say, a whole lot of people “knock on your IM door” at a ceratin hour when your IM Service is closed, you really should consider extending your opening hours.

Multi/Protocol clients rule
When starting an IM Service, Amanda said, one should consider choosing a multi protocol client like:

– Trillian
– GAIM
– MeeboMe

Again MeeboMe is the buzzword of the day.
My comment: I think that in the longrun MeeboMe will win over Trillian and GAIM. Simply because it’s got the nicest interface, it’s a completely web based AJAX application and above all, it’s the most user friendly of them all. No need to install anything, it’s all there and the user doesn’t even have to click anywhere to start chatting. It’s just hit and run.

“Don’t get up, we’ll come to you”
This phrase meets the users of the public computers of McMaster University. A cool way of informing the in-the-library users about the possibility to IM the library staff, even when they’re inside the library.

IL 2006: AJAX Workshop
October 23, 2006

AJAX

AJAX Workshop
Presenters: Karen A. Coombs and Jason A. Clark

The browser is doing half of the work
Google Calendar, Meebo, Netvibes and Flickr, all AJAX based services, that I knew. And I knew that AJAX somehow is a miraculous coctail of Javascript and XML speeding up considerably the  interaction on a web page. No more re-freshing, haleluyah! But I didn’t know that, behind the scenes, the web browser on your own computer is doing half of the job, while the server is making only the other half. Thanks to that neither the server nor the PC needs to have a lot of strength to be able to deliver a fast service. Cool!

AutoSuggest
One of the interesting potential uses for AJAX is AutoSuggest. 
My comment: Think if the next version of a VR software like QuestionPoint had AJAX based Auto Suggest – based on a FAQ database – right inside the form where the users writes the question? Wouldn’t it be cool , thanks to this, to be able to answer (or at least give a hint) the patrons question even before he or she sends it away? 🙂

Potential problems
There is, of course, a backside of AJAX as well. Some examples:
– Javascript must be enabled
– Back button doesn’t always work
– Pages can be difficult to bookmark
– Search engines may not be able to index portions of an AJAX site
– Cross browser differences in how XML is dealt with

MeeboMe
According to Karen, “MeeboMe is gonna revolutionize Virtual Reference”.
I definitely agree on that. Since I blogged about MeeboMe some weeks ago and also put up a MeeboMe widget on Jagvillveta.nu I have received a lot of feedback from library people indicating that many libraries will take into consideration using Meebome as part of their VR offerings.

IL 2006: Don’t enjoy your pumpkin cake too much, or you’ll loose your belongings
October 23, 2006

pumpkin
After a 19 hours journey from Sweden (feels like flying to the moon), via London, I finally arrived in San Francisco. From there I took a Greyhound bus to Salinas. And in Salinas I got off the bus, happy to be able to go out in the sun and explore the Farming Market just near the bus station. While waling around and happily enjoying a Pumpkin Pecan cake I suddenly remembered: my bag!!! I hade left my bag behind on the Greyhound bus which now was making its way on to Los Angeles. God, was I worried! All my clothes, all hygienic stuff… and…. the cables and chargers for my Ipaq, my cellphone AND the charger for my laptop. All gone. 😦 Well, after a lot of calling on the cell phone and visiting the Greyhound office I am now slowly starting to accept the fact that it’s all gone, probably. Forever. Not a trace of my bag, nowhere….

So, if someone of you attending the conference happens to be the owner of charger for a DELL Latitude D620 please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I would be so grateful if I could borrow it for an hour or so. Please… 🙂 If so, leave a message here or call me: +46739595965

Well, anyway, below are some short reflections from yesterday’s and today’s preconference workshops that I attended (the extremely kind owner of the Bed & Breakfast where I’m staying has let me use his computer while here, so, yes I CAN continue blogging 🙂

IL: Sending live from IL 2006 with Stickam?
October 19, 2006

IL2006

It’s late Thursday night and I’m still busy preparing my stuff for the early flight tomorrow morning to London/San Francisco… Exciting!!
Some funny geeky stuff:
I just discovered Stickam, the “free multimedia player which allows you to add photos, video, music, and live streaming video chat to your web site or blog”. Sounds really great but because of restrictions in the WordPress.com platform I haven’t been able to embed the Stickam Player on my blog. But it’s great though to be able to send live video on the Stickam personal page. I just created a Stickam Player page of my own from which I might be sending live from the conference 🙂 Well, if I’m not too busy that is…

Before I continue my packing and go to bed, here are some useful links:

Goodnight, see you tomorrow!