Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Media Sharing

There are many ways that you can share your presentations or media. In addition to Netfiles (offered at UIUC), there are many media hosting sites. Most of these require you to create a free account. They will then provide a limited amount of storage for your media. Most offer a premium account for minimal $.

These are also excellent sites to visit to find presentations or learning objects on any number of topics. Some allow you to grab the info and modify to suit your needs.

Following is a handout with selected sites, as well as a powerpoint presentation.

Media Sharing Handout Here
Narrated Power Point Presentation Here

Lori Mestre

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Lesson 8: Media Authoring Session

There are many available tools for creating media, some commercial, some open source. The following lesson (recorded using camtasia) will show various types of tools to help you create media, such as videos, tutorials, podcasts, screencasts and mashups.

Please note that you will not be able to hear the audio for some of the demos shown in the recording. However, if you want to revisit those demos (to hear the audio) you can view the powerpoint option listed underneath the camtasia link. This contains the links that I discuss in the camtasia version.

Media Authoring-- Narrated Camtasia Version

https://netfiles.uiuc.edu:443/lmestre/media%20authoring/media_authoring_camtasia.html (Camtasia Version of the Power point)

This session will also show you how to use freely available software to quickly create your media using:
  • Windows Movie Maker (included on PCs) to make a movie
  • Jing (to freely create screen captures and to snap screen shots)
  • OneTrue Media (to freely create mash-ups using images/videos and then add music, effects, transitions)

Media Authoring -- Power Point Version (to go back to visit the links discussed)
https://netfiles.uiuc.edu:443/lmestre/media authoring/media_authoring_final.ppsx

Creating Your Own Media
Now it's your turn to create your media.
  • After viewing the camtasia session (and/or the Powerpoint) try creating your own media using any of the tools mentioned.
  • If you need help you can contact Lori Mestre lmestre@illinois.edu
  • Don't forget to attend the drop in help session for this (Monday, June 22nd at 11:00).

Friday, May 15, 2009

Lesson 7: Document Sharing with CITES NetFiles and Google Docs

An important building block of any collaboration is the ability to share documents. In this lesson we will explore two tools which are readily available to U of I faculty, staff and students: CITES NetFiles and Google Docs.

CITES NetFiles

Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services, CITES, provides the campus community with an interesting array of services, including email, telephone, calendaring and software, as well as collaboration tools like document sharing which we will look at here. File sharing using CITES NetFiles allows us to access documents over the Web and create Web pages which anyone can access. CITES has a large number of pages which give us step-by-step instructions on how to gain access, create and make available our creativity. Some important pages include:

1. View CITES Homepage (website)
2. View CITES NetFiles Main page (website)
3. View Signing up for CITES NetFiles (website)
4. View Using CITES NetFiles on the Web (website)
5. View Using Guest Tickets (website)
6. View Web Publishing with CITES NetFiles (website)

Google Docs

Google, the company with the leading search engine on the Web, also has a dizzying array of other products to assist us in our daily work. Google Scholar, Google Earth, Google Reader, Blogger and YouTube are just a few of the leading products in their fields.

Google Docs, Google's online document sharing interface, provides us with an additional platform for collaborative work. Documents can be shared in a wide variety of formats, including Word, Rich Text Format, Excel, PDF and many others. An interesting feature of this is not only the space for documents, but also an online editor which allows for the simultaneous editing of documents, lessening the need for multiple emails and multiple versions which can create mass confusion. Google Accounts is the front end so to speak which allows access to many of these products, including Google Docs. If you are not familiar with Google Accounts, you can quickly sign up for a free account which will give you access to a phenomenal amount of document storage.

Sign up through Google Accounts (website)-if you do not have an account, click on the Create an account now link on the right hand side

Google Docs with allow you to collaborate with friends and colleagues from around the world. Documents can be shared with others through a simple process involving a Share button which allows the entry of email addresses to "invite collaborators." Advanced settings can even allow collaborators to invite new people.

View Google Docs entry in Wikipedia (website)

There are a large number of very useful YouTube videos available which highlight the many features of Google Docs, including:

1: View Google Docs in Plain English, which has been viewed over 1.6 million times! (video)
2. View Teachers and Principals Talk about Google Docs (video)
3. View Welcome to the Google Docs Community (video)
4. View Setting Up a Gmail Account (video)

Other Free Document Sharing Websites

There are many other document sharing websites you can use. Some of the larger ones include:

1. View Scribd (website)
2. View Calameo (website)
3. View docstoc (website)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lesson 6: Facebook/Myspace for Fogies (Social Networking)


The latest craze (for people of all ages) is the social networking scene. Blogs allow people to interact with others internationally, as long as they remain consistent in posts and are well-written. Social networking sites, however, allow people with common interests (or histories) to interact without the pressure of maintaining an audience. These sites encourage posting notes to associates/friends, uploading photos or videos for sharing, and/or giving commentary on newsworthy events. It's a peer, family, and mentoring network that can enhance careers, if used wisely.

As librarians, we can utilize these social networking tools to reach our patrons in new ways. For example, Dawn Lawson, author of "Taking the Library to Users: Experimenting with Facebook as an Outreach Tool," found positive results when she advertised her library events through the network (by the way, check out her "Links and Resources"!). Green Library at Stanford University created a Facebook "Page" shortly after this type of profile was introduced, and has experienced positive results as well.

Coincidentally, MySpace did not incorporate hardy privacy tools until more recently (in order to keep pace with Facebook), and some libraries were not prepared for the site's popularity, so the debate against social networking was a little stronger. All the same, libraries have found creative ways to be where their patrons are, and librarians continue to voice disappointment when authorities try to ban the tool (i.e. Lawmakers Seek to Block MySpace in Libraries, No Facebook MySpace at Mishawaka Library, NextGen: My MySpace Comment, Libraries and MySpace). More formal studies of MySpace can be found through further investigation.

Still other libraries choose to survey how their students would perceive them on social networking sites before jumping on the bandwagon. Some even foretell of implications for libraries due to social search engine constructs. The popularity of MySpace and Facebook has led to a genre of online social networking studies that continue to grow without sign of ceasing.

After checking out the videos below, take a peek at some of the library-focused organizations currently on Facebook and Myspace!
Video Tutorials (coming soon!):
More helpful information:
Library-oriented groups and organizations
on Facebook:
on MySpace:
What to do now?
  1. Try searching for more libraries and library-oriented groups/organizations, based on the organizations you are actively involved with
  2. Connect with co-workers and friends by adding them as friends within the network
  3. Upload a profile picture to your profile
  4. Create a Facebook Page for your Library (if it doesn't already have one!)
  5. An advanced user? Build a Facebook Application
  6. And for a bit of comedy, check out "Facebook Manners and You" (via Feral Librarian) and "The 30 Standard Facebook Profile Photo Styles" (via AllFacebook)
When you're finished creating your new profile, post the link in our comments. Happy networking!


Monday, April 13, 2009

Lesson 5: Social Bookmarking & Tagging

This time out we'll be exploring social bookmarking. For the most part we'll be looking at delicious, but there are optional activities included for exploring other social bookmarking sites.

What's social bookmarking?

  • A way to organize websites, and share them with others
  • Bookmarking for folks who use more than one computer across their day
  • A new way to classify information, by tapping into the hive mind
  • A valuable resource for collecting, organizing, and eventually embedding selected resources
Need more information? Check out these materials:

When you're ready to dive in, try these activities

  1. If you do not already have one, please sign up for an account on del.icio.us (registration page).
  2. Find five websites (they don't have to be blogs!) you think your fellow participants ought to know about. Bookmark them in del.icio.us and tag them "ilw2" (you might want to play with multiple tags too). When you're done, check out what else has the 2.0things tag. Did anyone else find the same sites you did? (Feel free to keep bookmarking and tagging sites for the remainder of the course! It'll be a great resource for everyone afterwards.
  3. Over the remaining weeks of Web 2.0 Things, bookmark and tag at least five webpages in delicious (or the social-bookmarking utility of your choice) for yourself. For the page that has the most other people bookmarking it, find out who else bookmarked it and how they tagged it. Feel free to follow tags to see what else has been bookmarked under them! Write a blog post on your impressions of social bookmarking and how you think it could be used in libraries.
  4. Explore the site options and try clicking on a bookmark that has also been bookmarked by a lot of other users. Can you see the comments they added about this bookmark or the tags they used to categorize this reference?
  5. Create a blog post about your experience and thoughts about this tool. Can you see the potential of this tool for your work? Or just as an easy way to create bookmarks that can be accessed from anywhere? How can libraries take advantage of social bookmarking sites?
  6. (optional) Want to play with some other social bookmarking sites? Enter the same search term (eg. "Library 2.0") in the searchbox at the following sites. Compare the results and blog about it. (don't forget to tag it and share it!)

  • del.icio.us - popular social bookmarking site. User tagged (search without quote marks).
  • Connotea - "Free online reference management for all researchers, clinicians and scientists". User tagged
  • CiteULike - "a free online source to organise your academic papers". User tagged.
  • (there's more -- play with ones from this list)

Still want more? Compare your searches above to using Google or Google Scholar

Can't get enough? You can compare book finding with tags: search for books on a topic using LCSH in Voyager and tags in LibraryThing

There's lots you can do with RSS feeds and tagged lists, feel free to play with those options, and keep your eyes on this blog for a post later in the week showing off some examples of library implementations of RSS feeds of delicious tags.

We'd love it if you write a blog post about what you find, and leave a comment here telling us where to find it. You can also leave your reflections here, as comments.

Want to know more about social bookmarking? Check out some of these resources from 5 Weeks to a Social Library

Essential Readings

Supplemental Readings

Questions? Comments? Leave them here, or contact Rudy or Helen

Monday, April 6, 2009

Lesson 4: Instant Messaging

IM Services

There are several free IM services that you can register with. An account with one of these services allows you to talk to other users of the service. So, if your friend uses AIM and your brother uses Yahoo! you will need to sign up with both services. When you sign up for IM, you are also signing up for email. If you already have an email account with a service, look around on the email screen to find a link for IM.

AIM sign up screen
Google Talk
Yahoo! sign up

You can use these through a web browser. Additionally, most have a client that you can download which some people prefer. In either case, you will need an Internet connection in order to chat online with others. There are free services, but these are the most popular ones in the United States.

This tutorial about Google Talk covers the specifics of using Google Talk. Additionally, there are tutorials available for installing the AIM desktop client and setting up MSN Messenger. So, sign up from a account or two or three and get chatting!

Instant Messaging aggregators

Aggregators allow you to bring together all of your IM services. So, you can register with AIM, Google Talk, MSN and Yahoo! but only log in one place. Once you are logged into the aggregator, you can talk with people using any of the services. You will need to have accounts with all of the services, however.

Pidgin – requires a software download
Trillian - requires a software download
Digsby - requires a software download
Meebo – can log in through a web browser, no software download

A good explanation of aggregators is avaialable at "Pidgin - Free Instant Messenger: AIM, YIM, MSN, IRC, GMail."This is specifically a tutorial for Pidgin, but the basic explanation of an aggregator is useful even if you decide to use Trillian or Pidgin.

You only need one aggregator, since an aggregator will bring all of your accounts together. So, look at a couple, choose one, and then chat with anyone using any IM service from just one place.

There will be a hands-on lab session in room 314 on Thursday 4/9 from 10-11 AM. No need to register.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Lesson 3: RSS Feeds

This lesson will give you an introduction to RSS feeds and readers. You will learn how to set up an RSS reader account, how to find and subscribe to RSS feeds, and see examples of Library RSS applications.

  1. View RSS in plain English (video): A great introduction to RSS by Commoncraft.
  2. View Slides from RSS presentation on Tuesday, March 3 (ppt)
  3. Read RSS (wikipedia article)
  4. Set up an RSS reader account. Google Reader and Bloglines are two of the most popular readers. Choose whichever reader you prefer. If you already have a Google account, you can use the same username and password for Google Reader.
  5. View Getting Started with Google Reader (video) - From Google Reader Help Channel.
  6. View Reading Feeds with Google Reader (video) - From Google Reader Help Channel.
  7. OPTIONAL: View Sharing Items with Google Reader (video)- From Google Reader Help Channel.
  8. OPTIONAL: Read through Bloglines Help page (website)
  9. View Examples of Library RSS Applications (video)
  10. Read To Get You Started . . . (Word Doc) - Provides links to feeds related to Library & Information Science and other topics.
  11. Read University of Illinois Library Databases with RSS Feeds (PDF) - Database platforms with RSS feed availability.

Additional Resources:

You may prefer to use a personalized portal rather than a reader. A portal allows you to customize a homepage interface with various gadgets (example: Google gadgets) and RSS feeds. Some popular portals include:
  • MyYahoo! - (Use same username and password as Yahoo! email account)
  • iGoogle- (Use same username and password for all Google applications)

University of Illinois Library Feeds:
University of Illinois Feeds:

We will have a hands-on lab session (no registration required) on Tuesday, March 17th from 11am-12noon in 314 Library. Please stop by with any questions you have!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Lesson 2: Wikis

This session will introduce you to wikis and how to set up accounts in different wiki applications. It consists of four parts:

These are two wiki sandboxes that have been set up for your exercises:

Some helpful resources:

Wikis that we recommend you to look at:

Please feel free to leave a comment here. Thanks for your participation!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Lesson 1: Blogs & Blogging

This lesson will give you an introduction to blogs, as well as walk you through setting up a blog on blogger. Take a look at the Blogs and Blogging Video Tutorial (about 20 minutes long). After you've set up your first blog, please take a moment to come back to this post and leave a comment with the title and URL for your blog.

A quick note about creating blog posts in Microsoft Word

Although you can type up your blog posts in Microsoft Word, getting the content from Word to Blogger can be a bit cumbersome. You can just copy and paste the content from word into the blogger WYSIWYG post editor but if you do an awful lot of HTML markup will get inserted as well (try it and use the "Edit Html" option to see for yourself). At best, this simply bloats up your posts a bit with some unnecessary markup. At worst, however, it can cause your posts to improperly display- sometimes to the point that content becomes difficult or impossible to view.

The simplest solution to this problem for Word 2007 users is to use the new Word feature “Create New Blog Post” (see “Help with blogging in Word”). Select the Microsoft Office button (upper left hand corner of word, near the Save icon and Home ribbon tab), choose “New” then “New Blog Post.” If this is the first time you are using this feature, you’ll need to register your account. Select Blogger as your blog provider, and provide the email address and password you used to create your blogger blog. That’s all there is to it. Type in your post title and content, and when you are happy with it, click the "Publish" button on the “Blog Post” tab in Word.

One very important thing to consider is that if you are going to be saving the file locally (to post later, or just in case you think you might need to edit the post later) you must save the file in the new word 2007 .docx format (MS Office Button – Save As – Word Document). Make sure Word Document (*.docx) is selected as the “Save as Type” and that Maintain Compatibility with Word 97-2003 is not selected. If you save the file in any other format or with any other options, Word will be unable to publish (or republish) your post from that file, unless you convert the document back to .docx and manually remove and replace the post title ( see, “Help with blogging in Word - Publishing my post doesn't work”).