Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Wednesday Night Lights: Software Guides

Recently I gave a presentation at the public library about social software. They wanted me to talk about nine different* social software/web 2.0 products (MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Blogs, Twitter, del.icio.us, Second Life, and RSS) in an hour-and-a-half. Not surprisingly, we went almost two hours and only gave the barest glimpse into what these products could do.

It was fun. I was happy to do it. And what made it even easier were Educause's 7 Things You Should Know About... series of articles. They had an article for each thing I talked about. Each article answers seven questions about the topic at hand:
  1. What is it?
  2. Who's doing it?
  3. How does it work?
  4. Why is it significant?
  5. What are the downsides?
  6. Where is it going?
  7. What are the implications for teaching and learning?
I showed the site to the people at the presentation as well as giving them the URL on a handout.** I first learned about these myself from the wonderful Librarian in Black with her post about Flickr. What a great resource!

If you need to give your own presentation about newer technologies (including things like Ning, Lulu, Skype, haptics, and on and on) this is a great place to start. They gave me better background information to talk in front of a group of people as well as being a resource that my audience could use later.
*ok, they only had six [MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, Blogs, del.icio.us, and Second Life] listed in the programming description, but I felt YouTube, Twitter, and RSS needed to be talked about, and I didn't think I should remove any of the ones that were already listed in the calendar description...

**if I had only talked about one topic, or even a few, I would have considered making copies of the flyer for everyone, but I couldn't really make copies of all nine technologies for everyone.

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Resource Alert: Media Heat from Shelf Awareness

I was introduced to Shelf Awareness by my e-mail subscription to Unshelved, and I'm so glad! Not only is it full of interesting news about the world of independent booksellers, but it includes a great feature called Media Heat, which tells you all about the authors appearing on TV and radio programs during the coming week to flog their latest books. This is handy for collection development, displays, and reader's advisory, and takes about 5 minutes to read and put to use. Easy & free -- I love it! You can subscribe to Shelf Awareness here.

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