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OLA 2006 | OLA/IT Roundtable Poster
Do you have these ITs @ your library?

• Blog
• RSS
• Wiki
• Podcasting




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Blog software for libraries
Purpose, criteria & selection | Adrienne Butler ODL



                                                   • Internal Communication
                                                          • Online information storage
                                                          • Tracking reoccurring
                                                            reference questions
                                                          • Internal library concerns




          External Communication
              Updating patrons on library activities
              Communicating with patrons



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Criteria


 •   Define your library needs
 •   What server specifications?
 •   What features do you want included?
 •   Cost – How much can you afford?
                Free IS an option!




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Library Needs


                                      • One or more authors?

                                      • One or more blogs?

                                      • To host or not to
                                        host?




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Server Specifications
 • What language do you speak? – Perl, PHP, MySQL,
   Access/Oracle, PostgreSQL, Windows…

 • Your server software concerns – any incompatibility
   problems with preloaded software?




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Blog features to consider


 •   Calendar
 •   Customizable Templates
 •   Search feature
 •   Spell-check feature for authors
 •   RSS feed




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Cost




                                                       Or, really, really cheap.




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Find Blog software


 • CMS Review
   • www.cmsreview.com/Weblogs/BlogDirectory.html
 • Blog Software Breakdown
   • www.asymptomatic.net/blogbreakdown.htm
 • MicroContent News
   • www.microcontentnews.com/articles/blogware.htm
 • Sourceforge
   • http://sourceforge.net
 • Free Software Foundation
   • http://directory.fsf.org/ (click on “live communications” then
     “online journaling”.


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A few Blog softwares available
Blog Software   Cost                  Host                                Language

Greymatter      Free                  Your Server Perl to flat-file

WordPress       Free                  Your Server PHP/MySQL
                                      or Remote


PWAIN           Free                  Your Server Windows

Planarchy       Free                  Your Server Windows

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For more information on blogs:
• Contact
              Adrienne Butler
     Oklahoma Department of Libraries
        abutler@oltn.odl.state.ok.us
               405.522.3505




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RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
What are they and why would you want them? | Jeff Siddons Tulsa Community College



• a marketing tool for the library.

• a time-saving tool for people - it pulls all your
  regularly visited websites & blogs into one
  place.

• a way to communicate updates to many people
  easily.



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What are they?

It's a method of summarizing the latest news and
   information from a website . . .

  . . . that can be easily read and accessed by
     many news readers . . .
                                   . . . from your website.




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                                                                  Content
    RSS                                                                  Webfeed

                                                                            XML




   Web feeds provide web content or summaries
of web content together with links to the full versions
    of the content. RSS in particular, delivers this
           information as an XML file called
                     an RSS feed.


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What are they?
RSS feeds are just a special kind of web page, designed to be
  read by computers rather than people.
    “It might help to think of them as the free, internet version
       of the old-fashioned ticker-tape news wire machines.”

RSS is an alternative to spam-type email. Sites use it to notify
  users that a site has been updated or a new “news story” is up
  instead of sending email.

RSS is a family of web feed* formats …
     *a web feed is a document which contains content items, often
      summaries or web-blog posts with web links to longer versions.




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Web feeds & XML
  Web feeds work through XML to make Web Syndication possible


 *XML = Extensible Markup Language.

          A markup language combines text and information about the text.
 The extra information, for example about the text's style or look, is expressed
 using markup, which is intermingled with the text. The best-known markup
 language in modern use is HTML (HyperText Markup Language) one of the
 foundations of the World Wide Web.

 An example: <A HREF="/booksintro.htm"><IMG >

  *Web syndication is a form of syndication in which a section of a website is
  made available for other sites to use.




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What exactly are these RSS files?
• RSS files are metadata. Until you've used them or seen an
  example, it may not be easy to understand what RSS files are,
  but they are easy to create.
• An RSS file commonly contains four main types of elements:
  channel, image, items, and text input. These elements are easy
  to identify and code.
A sample item in RSS:
(don’t let it scare you – they aren’t rocket science)

<item> <title>Mozilla Dispenses with Old, Proprietary DOM</title>
<link>http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=604</link>
   <description>The Mozilla team has decided to forgo backwards
   compatibility with Netscape's proprietary DOM.</description>




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   In addition to facilitating syndication, web
   feeds allow a website's frequent readers to
        track updates on the site using an
                    aggregator*.

*Aggregators reduce the time and effort needed to regularly
  check websites for updates, creating a unique information
  space or “personal newspaper.”



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So who is doing it?


   Your library: If you run your own website, it’s simple
   to use RSS feeds to display the latest headlines from
   other websites on your site! Then step up to the next level up & use
     RSS to communicate in other ways.
   Be creative!
         Cincinnati Public Library
         http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/feeds/

         Kansas City Public Library
            http://www.kclibrary.org/rss/

         University of Oklahoma Libraries
             http://libraries.ou.edu/rss/


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How do I find these RSS feeds



 Look for the RSS symbols or acronym on
   the site’s home page:




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How can I read these feeds?




     You can download and install a news reader. Or, you can
 use a Web based reader such as My Yahoo! or Bloglines.
 Follow the instructions in your reader to subscribe to the feed
 of your choice. You will usually need to copy and paste the
 feed URL into the reader.

                    Check it out


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There are many sources for RSS feeds

         U.S. Government RSS Library Featured Sites:
                    White House RSS Feeds &
               Podcasts from the U.S. Government

• Science RSS Feeds
  News about current weather, earthquakes, energy and the latest
  research...
• Data and Statistics RSS Feeds
  Updates on Census and agricultural data and statistics...
• Environment, Energy & Agriculture RSS Feeds
  News on conservation, forests, farms, human nutrition, hazardous waste,
  toxic chemicals and trash...
• And many more . . .



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Want more help?

          RSS For Non-Techie Librarians:
       http://www.llrx.com/features/rssforlibrarians.htm


     Amigos Website RSS Feeds: what, why &
                    how:
               http://www.amigos.org/rss/


         So what are you waiting for?
   Now that you know what RSS feeds are . . .
          it’s time to start using them!

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Questions concerning RSS:
Contact:

                  Jeff Siddon
           Tulsa Community College
            jsiddons@tulsacc.edu




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Wiki
What is it and how can you use it | Adriana Edwards-Johnson SWOSU




• A wiki is a type of website that allows anyone
  visiting the site to add, remove, or otherwise
  edit all content, quickly and easily, often without
  the need for registration. This ease of
  interaction and operation makes a wiki an
  effective tool for collaborative writing.

One of the most famous wikis is Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org
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Uses for a library
•   Book discussion group
•   Teen group activities
•   Library & community events calendar
•   High tech “vertical file” for local information
•   Reference Desk handouts
•   Staff training
•   Library policy manual
•   Professional networking (http://www.libsuccess.org/)
•   And much more…

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Who’s using wikis?
• University of South Carolina Aiken Library
  • http://library.usca.edu/Main/HomePage
• University of Connecticut Library Staff
  • http://wiki.lib.uconn.edu/wiki/Main_Page
• University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign
  Library School (unofficial)
  • http://www.gslis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page
• SJCPL Reference Department
  • http://www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/index.php
    /Main_Page

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How do you get started?
1. Decisions to make:
  •   Type of information the wiki will contain
  •   Type of wiki software you want
      •   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wiki_software
  •   Who all will be able to access change the wiki
      •   Limit access by: IP Address, Domain, or server location (internal
          access only)
2. Installing the software
  •   If you plan to host the wiki on your library’s server you may
      need help from your IT person. Sometimes installation can
      be hindered by server settings.
3. Learn the wiki syntax

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Wiki syntax | HTML | What you see

                Wiki syntax                                             HTML                                         What you see


"''Doctor''? No other title? A                      <p>                                                 "Doctor? No other title? A scholar?
     ''scholar''? And he rates above                                                                        And he rates above the civil
     the civil authority?"                          &quot;<em>Doctor</em>? No other                         authority?"
"Why, certainly," replied Hardin,                      title? A <em>scholar</em>?                       "Why, certainly," replied Hardin,
     amiably. "We're all scholars                      And he rates above the civil                         amiably. "We're all scholars more
     more or less. After all, we're not                authority?&quot;                                     or less. After all, we're not so much
     so much a world as a scientific                   </p>                                                 a world as a scientific
     foundation&mdash;under the                        <p>                                                  foundation—under the direct
     direct control of the Emperor."                   &quot;Why, certainly,&quot;                          control of the Emperor.
                                                       replied Hardin, amiably.
                                                       &quot;We're all scholars more
                                                       or less. After all, we're not so
                                                       much a world as a scientific
                                                       foundation&mdash;under the
                                                       direct control of the
                                                       Emperor.&quot;
                                                       </p>



  Examples from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki


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Unique Wiki features
Unlike other web tools wiki’s allow users to view changes made to
  the pages.




So if there are problems or errors it’s easy to track user and make
  corrections.
                     Wiki’s also come with a built in search function




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Need more information?
• Dee Knows Grotto
  • http://www.deeknow.com/wiki/view.pl/WikiBeginnersTopics
• Evowiki
  • http://www.evowiki.org/wiki.phtml?title=Wiki_evolution
• How Wikis Work
  • http://computer.howstuffworks.com/wiki.htm
• Wiki Science
  • http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wiki_Science
• Wikis unplugged
  • http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wikis_unplugged

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Questions concerning Wikis:
Contact:

            Adri Edwards-Johnson
                   SWOSU
      adri.edwardsjohnson@swosu.edu




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Podcasting
What is it & how to IT in your library | Jason Gonzales Muskogee Public Library


 A World Wide Web – based form of
 broadcasting that allows anyone with a
 computer and/or digital media device (ex.
 iPod, MP3 player) to download and listen to
 content.
   Users listen to exactly what they want,
   when they want, and where they want.


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Podcasts & Genres

                                                       POP CULTURE
                                                        ABC’s Lost




                                                                             web sites
  PARENTING
  Mommycast



                                                                       NPR
                                                       TALK
                                                       P.O.V.




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Supplies needed




  computer &
                            library staff                               the Internet
  microphone

            =
YOUR OWN LIBRARY PODCAST

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Why Podcast?
 • Use a podcast as an
   inexpensive way to
   market your library’s
   services!
 • A library podcast can
   consist of anything,
   including upcoming
   events, material reviews,
   interviews, information
   on services, general all
   around library promotion.



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Further Podcast Information
• Secrets of Podcasting (basic book on podcasting)
     by Bart G. Farkas
• Real Beginner’s Guide to Podcasting
   • http://www.podcastfreeamerica.com/the-real-beginners-
     guide-to-podcasting
• iTunes 6 (free software for searching & listening to podcasts)
   • http://www.apple.com/itunes/
• Yahoo! Podcasts (directory of podcasts)
  • http://podcasts.yahoo.com/
• Audacity (free software for recording & editing podcasts)
  • http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
• Podomatic (free site to host your podcast)
   • http://www.podomatic.com/

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Podcasts Refence Page
•   ABC’s Lost
     •   http://abc.go.com/primetime/lost/podcasts/
•   Blue Grass Talk Radio
     •   http://www.bluegrasstalkradio.com/
•   Cramer Radio
     •   http://www.thestreet.com/tsc/podcast
•   ESPN Mix
     • http://espnradio.espn.go.com/espnradio/podcast/index
•   Inside the Net
     • http://twit.tv/
•   Mommycast
     •   http://www.mommycast.com/
•   NPR
     •   http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_directory.php
•   P.O.V. with David W. Torrence
     •   http://joelcrowservo.podomatic.com/
•   Radio Leo
     •   http://www.leoville.tv/radio/
•   Science Friday
     •   http://www.sciencefriday.com/feed/



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Questions concerning Podcasts:
Contact:

              Jason Gonzales
           Muskogee Public Library
           gonzales@eok.lib.ok.us




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