Computers in Libraries/Internet@Schools Conference Update

I was finally able to go through some of my notes from the Computers in Libraries/Internet@Schools conference I attended last week in Virginia. The conference was great and as with many conferences I learned as much from talking to other attendees as I did from the presenters.

We have highlights!

I met some interesting, fun techno-library folks from Louisiana, New Jersey, Alabama and Tennessee. To Andy from St. Tammany Parish Public Library – I’ve already checked out your website (and I love the George Washington ink pen you bought for your 7-year old daughter). To Scherelene from Trenton, NJ – I will check out JerseyCat (and I know that your pets were very happy to see you when you got home from your train trip). To the media specialists from Nashville – thank you for your nice comments on my presentation and I hope you had a smooth flight home, I know your flight in was bumpy. I met many interesting people and that made the conference better than ever.

The keynote speaker on the first day of the conference was Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project. Lee gave an entertaining talk on Web 2.0 and the Internet World. He compared Web 1.0 to Web 2.0: publishing/participation, content management/wikis, directories/tagging, etc. Rainie also discussed Six Hallmarks of Web 2.0:

Hallmark #1: The Internet has become the computer. Examples: wireless connectivity, percentage of Internet use, broadband at home, 50% of users have gone online from a library, 89% of online teens have access at home, broadband intensifies people’s Internet use, video is a big part of Internet use and broadband makes Internet use more social.

Hallmark #2: Tens of millions of Americans, especially the young, are creating and sharing content online. Examples: 55% of online teens have created their own profile on a social network site like MySpace or Facebook, 20% of online adults have such profiles, 51% of young adult Internet users have uploaded photos to the Internet, 37% of all users have done this, 39% of online teens share their own creations online, such as artwork, photos, stories, or videos, 22% of online adults have done this, 28% have created their own online journal or blog (33% of college students), 12% of online adults have a blog, 19% of online young adults have created an avatar that interacts with others online,
9% of all adult Internet users have done this.

Hallmark #3: Even more Internet users are accessing the content created by others. Examples: 46% of young Internet users read blogs, 44% of young adult Internet users seek information at Wikipedia sites, 14% of young Internet users download Podcasts.

Hallmark #4: Many are sharing what they know and what they feel online and that is building conversations and communities. Examples: 33% of young adult Internet users have rated a person, product, or service online, 32% of online young adults have tagged online content.

Hallmark #5: Tens of thousands are contributing their know-how and/or their processing power to the online commons. Examples: 40%+ of Internet users participate in peer-to-peer exchanges, there are 10,000 – 30,000 active developers in the global open source movement.

Hallmark #6: Online Americans are customizing their online experiences thanks to Web 2.0 tools. Examples: 40% of younger Internet users customize news and other information pages, half are on specialty listservs, a quarter to a third of younger Internet users get RSS feeds.

Rainie also talked about the Michael Wesch video “Web 2.0: The Machine is Us/ing Us” which is a very nice example of Web 2.0 comparing the old Web with the new. He also played the very clever “Ask a Ninja – What is Podcasting?” video.

My presentation on “Wikis + Media Specialists = Community!” took place right after the keynote. I think it went very well based on the great questions and comments. I talked about the REMC wikis, the MAME conference wiki and the Library of Michigan Media Center Marketing wiki. A library school professor told me that she now has some good ideas about how her students can create some wiki projects.

Joyce Valenza presented on “Web 2.0 Meets Information Fluency.” Joyce and Ken Rodoff of Springfield Township High School, Pennsylvania, have created an excellent wiki on information fluency also titled “Web 2.0 Meets Information Fluency!”

The information fluency wiki is chock full of links on standards, research, videos, survey tools, information ethics, digital storytelling, presentation suggestions and more, more, more!!! Joyce is a well-known media specialist who is also an author, presenter, facilitator, blogger and user of all things Web 2.0. You will definitely find useful information on this wiki and, of course, you may also add some useful content to the wiki.

Joyce also mentioned that her students are using Web 2.0 tools for projects such as: “Live from Salem” a Podcast on the Salem witch trials and a wiki where you ask one question for kids to answer. This way they are not writing a long paper but they are expressing their views.

At least two presenters mentioned Zoho. Joyce Valenza and Gary Price praised it so this is a resource I want to check out. Zoho is a free resource with tools including Zoho Writer, Sheet, Project, Meeting, Wiki and others.

It’s time to wrap up this post so I want to mention a few more sites that you may like:

http://jstor.org
http://www.response-o-matic.com/index.html
http://www.surveyscholar.com/
http://www.ning.com/

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