Summer training Web 2

I recenlty provided a couple sessions during the summer training event focusing on web 2.   I did a similar thing last year highlighting use of web 2 within academic environments.

This year I tried to focus on how any of these services could be used within Library & Learning Resources.

In a discussion with my team it was suggested it might be useful to show web 2 tools in some context, such as holiday planning.  I created a short Prezi demo on my use of a few tools in planning a day out at Warwick Castle.  I hoped this would show the variety of information that was available and how much of the content being user generated.

I aslo showed a few resources which I discovered recently,

  • Zinepal – a service which allows you to turn online content to PDFs. I selected a few blog posts to create a quick and easy newsletter of the work of the elibrary team
  • Kaywa QR code generatorqrcodeat a recent Marketing training event QR codes were mentioned, as they provide an easy way for users of smart phones to access URLS, text, phone numbers at SMS. At University of Huddersfield library QR codes are used alongside where print journals are shelved to provide a link to the online version, within information training handouts to link out to quizzes etc. I would recomend reading Andrew Walsh’s article on QR codes for further ideas of use in libraries.  Lending Services recently added QR codes to  posters advertising e-payment service, so anyone can scan the code into their QR code reader on the phone and it will take them directly to iCity
  • Tagxedo – this allows you to create different shaped word clouds presenting information in a different way. The word cloud of this blog highlighted resource & discovery as two heavily used key words.Taxedo
  • Animoto – a service allowing you to create short videos of photos, click here to see a short video on images from  Plans, elevations, sections, and details of the Alhambra by Jules Goury, and in 1834 and 1837 by Owen Jonens

A number of these services require you to set up an account, username and password but do provide a limited amount of functionality for free. They are however straightforward to use and you can get some great results in very little time.

Those attending the session also had the opportunity to discuss what they currently use and brainstorm on how these services could be used within L&LR. Suggestions included

  • use of twitter to disseminate information such as changes to opening hours etc – @BCULibrary
  • combining knowledge of essay deadlines with targeted marketing of specific services
  • a flickr account for library images
  • a library facebook account

Personally I think there are some really useful resources available now which can help present information in a more dynamic, colourful and interactive way  not only from a marketing point of view but also for teaching and learning. Alongside creating word clouds, presentations could be done using Prezi, videos of screencast could be included using free services such as Jing etc.

As well as presenting information there are now lots of different methods of communication, via facebook, twitter etc. Some of these services provide a great opportunity to build communities and network. They also allow for a two way dialogue, for example Wallwisher allows you to create an online notice board which may be useful during our annual ‘Have your Say’ campaign when we want our staff and students to tell us what they think about the service.

I enjoyed the sessions and hope those who attended found something that interested them or may even use.  I would welcome any suggestions of other resources you think may be of interest.