What you thought about the seminar

November 5, 2007

Thank you to the attendees who took time to complete the evaluation forms. We appreciate the feedback and thought you might like to hear what others were thinking…. 

  • 34 out of 40 respondents indicated that they were expecting to learn more about new technologies/web 2.0/library2.0
  • Only 1 person did not have their expectations met  — we were glad to see that we’d pleased most of you!
  • Top 3 things you wished had been covered more fully

  • Facebook
  • Application of tools for specific client groups
  • Second Life  – even though we had a presentation in the morning, demonstrations and a hands-on session in the afternoon. This is clearly a hot topic.
  • Top 3 things nominated as best part of the seminar…

  • 20 cool 2.0 tools
  • Second Life sessions
  • Everything – I kid you  not, 5 people nominated everything as the best
  • Other comments about the seminar: 

    “Great coffee”, “inspiring”, “great program”, “great food”, “very enjoyable”

    Yes, it’s good to see that librarians won’t let the hype about web 2.0 overshadow the essential things in life like food and beverages!

    Social Bookmarking & Connotea

    October 10, 2007

    Peta Hopkins, Information Systems Librarian, Bond University
    This session provided a brief introduction to social bookmarking and then a hands-on session using Connotea for saving and sharing citations.
    Attendees set up a Connotea account, added bookmarks to their library, added openURL resolvers to their settings to streamline access to their institution’s holdings.

    Run sheet for Connotea session

    Please add a comment here to ask Peta a question.

    Kurt shows off Librarything

    October 10, 2007

    Kurt Vollmerhause, from QUT, gave a demonstration of Librarything – the social networking site for bibliophiles.

    Kurt showcased the basics as well as other features like widgets and the exciting LTFL service which provides OPAC (read library catalogue) enhancements such as tagging and options to track down related editions.

    View the presentation – it contains links out to Librarything, and a list of libraries that have implemented LTFL so you can see it in action.


    20 cool 2.0 tools

    October 10, 2007

    David Allen (Queensland State Library) and Peta Hopkins (Bond University) with the help of some audience members introduced 20, or thereabouts, cool,web 2.0 tools. The list, originally published at Peta’s blog, Inn0vate, is reproduced here.

    Personal Information Management tools
    Connotea – Social citations
    Delicious – Social bookmarks
    Library Elf – personal library helper
    Pageflakes – portal – NH-S High School Library
    Remember the Milk – task management

    RSS tools
    Page2RSS – create a feed for a page that doesn’t have one
    Blogsieve – feed processing, mix and filter a number of feeds. Build a single feed on a topic.
    Odiogo – convert your feed to audio

    RSS calendar

    Wikis & Collaboration
    PBwiki – wiki
    Wetpaint – wiki
    Writeboard — One-page wiki

    Communication & Social Networking
    Meebo – Instant messaging/Chat rooms
    Facebook – social networking

    Flickrstorm – Search Flickr
    Viddler – video hosting — Example with timed comments
    Slideshare — presentations with audio — A useful example

    There were a couple of other tools mentioned by the audience that are not listed here. Can you remember what they were? Please add a link in a comment.

    Social space in the e-commons

    October 10, 2007

    Cameron Barnes, eAccess Librarian from the University of New England dazzled us with his sparkling wit during his presentation on social networking.

    Cameron answered a few questions such as: What do social network sites offer insitutions, who uses them and why are they popular. He also covered some of the legal implications and other risks associated with these sites, especially for institutions.

    You’ll find Cameron’s slides here,

    Cameron’s presentation

    and if you’d like to ask him a question please post a comment.

    Gina’s perspective

    October 10, 2007

    Gina Velli’s presentation on MySpace was very interesting. Not least because she thinks MySpace is not such the cool place it once was since the rise of Facebook. Gina is currently working at State Library of Queensland as a legal deposit librarian.

    MySpace User perspective – presentation in PDF format.

    Gina says, “I’m happy to answer questions or discuss creative big picture concepts….” Leave a post here.

    MySpace and Libraries

    October 10, 2007

    Mary Kajewski, State Library of Queensland introduced MySpace and went on to showcase some library pages on the site.  These included the American Library Association’s “At your library”, University of Melbourne’s Rowden White Library where “chatting and sleeping” is encouraged in the listening lounge, and UofM’s Baillieu Library that has an “Art in the Library” space.

    Mary Kajewski’s MySpace presentation in pdf.

    Presentation cover

    Student wiki at USQ

    October 10, 2007

    Greg Pendlebury (electronic services officer) and Sandra Cochrane (Faculty Librarian) from the University of Southern Queensland talked about the use of a wiki by students. The wiki was designed to “facilitate a social learning activity for information seeking learning.”

     Presentation with audio 

     Student wiki at USQ

    Their presentation is called “Click here to edit & don’t forget to save”

    A second life for libraries

    October 10, 2007

    Kathryn Greenhill, Murdoch University Library, not only gave this very informative presentation, she also took some participants for a hands-on experience of Second Life, and took part in the panel discussion in the afternoon.


    Margaret Schindler, University of Queensland, also gave a demonstration of SL to another group in the afternoon.

    Do you have any questions for Kathryn or Margaret about Second Life?

    That is SOE 2.0

    October 10, 2007


    Andrew Bennett from the University of Queensland Library posed the question “What if your SOE went Web 2.0?” and then took us on a tour of services like Zoho and Google Docs as potential platforms for standard operating environments.
    Andrew reveals the advantages of these kinds of services and also raises some issues to be considered such as scalability for largish organisations, archival and preservation requirements and security of data. Clearly though he thought it was a safe bet to publish his presentation on Google Docs

     Ask Andrew a question by posting a comment here.