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Reflection Week 12 – Online Applications

This is my last reflective activity for assignment 1 so I decided to do the following question:

“Discuss how libraries (or a professional setting of your choice) might make use of online applications and productivity tools, and what impact might they have on front-of-house services and behind-the-scenes work?  Talk about the benefits and potential risks”

[Mary Axford and Crystal Renfro]  For libraries to stay relevant in society and with the emergence of Web 2.0 applications, they have to change the way they interact with their clients.  Before Web 2.0, libraries only had to worry about books, papers, magazines and card catalogues.  The emergence of Web 2.0 has caused a wave of new online application and productivity tools so  that now libraries have a role in teaching lecturers, clients and students how they can use the new technologies in their everyday lives.  [Allen Alrich] With the changes in the way we interact with each other, universities and libraries need to move towards the mobile web using smartphones.

APPLICATIONS

Image Hosting & Photo Sharing: [Alan Henry]

Facebook; Flickr;  Photobucket; Picasa and SmugMug:

Benefits:

  • Great way for libraries to store historical photos for future reference
  • Allow photos to be mashup and place in libraries presentations and reports

Mobile To-Do-List Managers: [Alan Henry]

AnyDo; Astrid; Remember the Milk; Toodledo and Wunderlist

Benefits:

  • At meetings you have the list of items that your colleagues like you to ask
  • Your daily tasks are always with you wherever you are
  • Like a diary – will store all your tasks.  This would help you when you need to do a monthly report

Presentation  Creation Tools: [Jason Fitzpatrick]

Beamer; Google Presentations; PowerPoint and Press

Benefits

  • Information Literacy Programs
  • Library Information Slideshows

Real Time Video Chats: [Alan Henry]

AIM/AV by AIM; Google Talk; iChat; ooVoo and Skype

Benefits:

  • Communicate with external students
  • Keep in contact with clients who cannot come to the library
  • Communicate with colleagues in other States

Social Media Managers: [Jason Fitzpatrick]

Digsby; HootSuite; Seesmic; Socialite and TweetDeck

Benefits:

  • Way for a library to manage all their social media sites in one place

Mobile Web

[Alan Aldrich]  With the surge of mobile devices, especially the smartphone, libraries had to change in the way they present their services.  With Smartphones, the Mobile Web came of age.

Benefits:

  • Clients have access to a library catalogue anywhere and at any time.
  • Library staff can contact clients quickly and more efficiently for example, “the book you requested has arrived”

The following graph shows how the clients of the University of Cambridge Library use smartphones to get access to library services:

Note Taking Applications

[Mary Axford and Crystal Renfro]   The Internet is providing more information for clients and librarians than they can handle.  Therefore, note-taking applications were born:

  • Evernote
  • MS Onenote
  • Simplenote
  • Springpad notebooks

Benefits:

  • Able to store answers and question for other colleagues on the reference desk
  • Great way for staff to store information for their research projects
  • Recording information for future events for the Library e.g. journal articles, photos
  • Storing information for Conference presentations
  • You can store information that could be useful for libraries’ collection development

The following YouTube video talks about  Evernote and Libraries:

Risks

  • Security issues with personnel and professional information
  • If Libraries are depended upon computers what happens if the IT system goes down, we still need to have access to pen and paper and books
  • Clients would never personally use the library
  • Library networks are more susceptible to a virus
  • Potentially online applications give managers the ammunition to close libraries down to save money, for example, Campbell Newman has closed down a number of libraries since coming to office.

Online applications and productivity tools will have an impact in the way libraries provide services to their clients and the way library staff perform their duties.  Libraries do provide an important service to society and as Librarians; we have to ensure that online applications and productivity tools do not take away the role of libraries.

Play Activity – Week 5 – Bundlr

I decided to write about the wonderful world of reading.  To me reading empowers you and gives you access to the world of knowledge, imaginations and friendships.

IMPORTANCE OF READING:

[Riley Johnson and Squidoo]

  1. Stress – reading a good book calms the mind
  2. Vocabulary – by reading you increase your vocabulary
  3. Communicator – reading helps you be better communicator with friends, colleagues and family
  4. Confidence – while you are reading you gain knowledge and therefore it leads you to be more confident
  5. Concentration – helps the brain to focus.

KNOWLEDGE:

[Riley Johnson] Reading is important to everyone.  It empowers us with the knowledge that helps us in everyday life  in other words  you became better at conversing with family, colleagues and friends. For example when we all enrolled in INN333 my main criteria was to gain knowledge. Knowledge helps us to understand other people and their cultures and to engage with them as fellow human beings.

IMAGINATIONS:

[Riley Johnson] One of the great things about reading is that it allows us to go into the world of make believe.

“Imagination and reading actually complement each other. Imagination helps increase a person’s knowledge of things and knowledge helps increase a person’s imagination” [Riley Johnson]

For an  hour or two we can forget about all the problems of the world and become a character in a book. For example

     

[Riley Johnson] Reading also has health benefits for kids and adults.  For example, when growing up Mum never was allowed to read, so when Mum had her nervous breakdown I introduced her to the wonderful world of  reading.  Reading allowed Mum to sit down and forget about the world around her.

FRIENDSHIPS:

The love of reading  allows you to gain friends. You can find friends by joining your local monthly Public Library Book Club for example, Seaside Readers Book Club at Deception Bay.  Other organisations that also provide’s book clubs are your local community organisations; universities (Australian Catholic University Book Club). With more and more people having access to the Internet there is really no reason for not participating in the wonderful world of reading. I have listed same examples of online websites:

  1. Goodreads 
  2. Open Library
  3. Huff Post Book Club  

My favourite authors are:

  • Patricia Cornwell
  • Clive Cussler
  • James Patterson
  • Nora Robert

I love to read a book in print not as an eBook,  so I hope we never loose the printed book.

 

“Importance of Reading” on Bundlr