How can we deliver information using new tools?

Something I think we all need to do as Teacher-Librarians, is to look closely at what we are doing in our schools and evaluate the effectiveness of how we operate.
  • Do we have to do things the same way we've always done them?
  • Are there things we can stop doing because the return on investment (ROI) is just not worth it? What should you keep, and what should you just let go?
  • As new tools present themselves, how do we learn about them and integrate them into our programs?
  • How can we use collaborative tools and empower others to help us create useful and effective resources for our school communities?
  • Do we need to stop being the guardians of information and collections and open up resource development to the wider school community?

We also need to be kind to ourselves. Realise that change takes time. You have to move your staff with you and possibly change their mindsets in the process. You need to become proficient with the tools and understand how they can be utilised effectively. Small steps make a difference, and go a long way towards making substantial shifts in the way a library is perceived in a school community.

Some tools to consider using:

Blogs - provide a sounding board for your school community. Kim Yeomans has a great blog she uses for communication in her Primary School.
Wikis
- replace static pathfinders with dynamic spaces that can leap into the Web. Toorak College- Staying Safe Online
Ning
- can create a virtual learning community for the sharing of ideas. Good Books have no endings- so discuss them here. Our extension of Book Club at Toorak College.
Delicious/Diigo
- use social bookmarking tools to manage web links for your collection Norwood College Library's Delicious links
Facebook - go where your students are. Create a page with information about your library and links to databases Libraries using Facebook post providing links to Libraries using Facebook pages.

What can your OPAC do?

Federated Search Federated search is the simultaneous search of multiple online databases or web resources and is an emerging feature of automated, web-based library and information retrieval systems. It is also often referred to as a portal or a federated search engine. (Wikipedia definition)

The National Library of Australia (NLA) is offering Federated Search with
Trove
Trove was designed to:

  • provide a single point of access to the resources of the deep web
  • facilitate access to a significantly greater range of resources from major sources, including selected digitised material freely available online
  • support searching of, and access to, full-text content
  • enhance ease of discovery by providing improved relevance ranking, refinement by facets, grouping of all editions of the same book (this is known as FRBR-like grouping) and exploitation of thesauri
  • engage with communities and individuals through annotation services
  • ensure that relevant information is not missed in a search by reducing the need to search material-specific discovery services separately
  • provide a platform for niche services to query a vast resource of Australian metadata and adapt if for their own needs.

The OLE Project "With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a multinational group of libraries is developing the design for an Open Library Environment (OLE), an alternative to the current model of an Integrated Library System. The goal is to produce a design document to inform open source library system development efforts, to guide future library system implementations, and to influence current Integrated Library System vendor products." Could this be the common system libraries use in the future?



Library 2.0 Enter the Teacher librarian enthusiast Article referencing Joyce Valenza and Doug Johnson, talking about what Libraries can look like today.


RFID
(Radio-frequency identification)

"This technology has slowly begun to replace the traditional barcodes on library items (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.). The RFID tag can contain identifying information, such as a book's title or material type, without having to be pointed to a separate database (but this is rare in North America). The information is read by an RFID reader, which replaces the standard barcode reader commonly found at a library's circulation desk. The RFID tag found on library materials typically measures 50×50 mm in North America and 50×75 mm in Europe. It may replace or be added to the barcode, offering a different means of inventory management by the staff and self service by the borrowers. It can also act as a security device, taking the place of the more traditional electromagnetic security strip [33] And not only the books, but also the membership cards could be fitted with an RFID tag." (Wikipedia entry on RFID)

iPhone RFID: object-based media from timo on Vimeo.



Management of RFID in Libraries Karen Coyle's article from the Journal of Academic Librarianship, v. 31, n. 5, pp. 486-489.

What is RFID? Article explaining RFID with many links to pages explaining features of the technology.







Library Catalogues: From Dominance to Decline? The Future of Bibliographic Discovery, Access and Delivery

Linked within is the post is access to Martin Flynn's paper to be delivered at the IFLA General Conference and Assembly on August 11, 2010. Martin Flynn is Head of Information Services at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom. The paper discussed the need for Library catalogues to reflect user generated tags and integration of information from Library Thing

The Semantic Web


What is the Semantic Web really all about? James Handler's explanation of what it is and its relationship to Linked Data.

Linked Data - Connect Distributed Data across the Web (from the Home Page) Linked Data is about using the Web to connect related data that wasn't previously linked, or using the Web to lower the barriers to linking data currently linked using other methods. More specifically, Wikipedia defines Linked Data as "a term used to describe a recommended best practice for exposing, sharing, and connecting pieces of data, information, and knowledge on the Semantic Web using URIs and RDF."