Five Weeks to a Social Library: Highlights from Week 3free the information!, online education, social software, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 3/4/2007 with 0 comment

As you all know, I’m a big fan of wikis, such a big fan that I often cannot gauge how other people will respond when they are introduced to wikis. Well, imagine my surprise to discover how incredibly enthusiastic our participants were this week about implementing wikis in their library; probably more so than any …

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Five Weeks to a Social Library: Highlights from Week 2free the information!, hi, online education, RSS and Syndication, social bookmarking, social software, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 2/25/2007 with 4 comments

Week two of Five Weeks to a Social Library is now over. RSS and del.icio.us really generated a lot of excitement for our participants and many could see the personal and professional benefits of using these tools. We have people spending 16 hours per week on the class because they want to play with these …

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On speakingfree the information!, librarianship

by Meredith Farkas on 2/4/2007 with 7 comments

I’ve been meaning to write about Walt’s great Cites and Insights piece on conference speaking. If you haven’t already read it, do take a look. He combines insights from Rachel Singer Gordon, Dorothea Salo, Jessamyn West and 90 people who participated in Rachel’s survey on the subject with his own insights to create a really …

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Encouraging participation in the wiki worldfree the information!, libraries, social software, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 1/14/2007 with 7 comments

David King is in the middle of a terrific series on his blog about inviting participation in Web 2.0/social software tools. Here are the ones he’s come out with so far: Inviting Participation in Web 2.0 Part 2: Passive Invitations Part 3: Active Invitations Check out the comments too where people are making some great …

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Application Deadline: Five Weeks to a Social Libraryfree the information!, online education, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 11/29/2006 with 2 comments

I just wanted to remind folks that December 1 is the deadline for applications to participate in the Five Weeks to a Social Library course. You can find the application instructions here. We have gotten an incredible number of applications for the course from people all over the world — from all different types of …

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MaintainITfree the information!, tech trends

by Meredith Farkas on 11/7/2006 with 2 comments

While at Internet Librarian, I learned about the Maintain IT Project. This three-year Bill and Melinda Gates funded initiative is designed to identify best practices for maintaining public access computers. Right now, they are collecting stories from library folks about working with public access computers and keeping them running. From these stories of success and …

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IL2006 Day 2: Institutional Repository Basics: From Soup to Nutsfree the information!, open access

by Meredith Farkas on 10/25/2006 with 2 comments

Roy Tennant, University of California While I was very interested in all of the talks in the social computing track today, I really wanted to expand my knowledge of certain topics that I know very little about. I knew that Roy would be likely to give a very practical nuts-and-bolts introduction to developing institutional repositories …

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Five Weeks to a Social Library: Participant Applicationfree the information!, online education, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 10/2/2006 with 8 comments

I’m so pleased and excited to see how Five Weeks to a Social Library is shaping up! We have a terrific group of presenters involved in the course who will help to teach participants all about social software and how to successfully implement social technologies in their library. You can see a very preliminary preliminary …

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