Friday, 26 November 2010

Library 2.0 Bah Humbug! in Oxford

It seemed a while since my last gig so I enjoyed speaking at the excellent COFHE and UC&R day conference "Web 2.0 untangled : reaching and teaching our users with new technologies" at Wolfson College, Oxford.

Sheila Webber was also there and has blogged on her Information Literacy Weblog about :
my talk here
Eric Davies Web 2.0 : ethics and law here
Helen Clough : Elluminate use at the OU Library here
Lucy Power : Scientific social networking here
Philippa Levy and Sheila Webber Technology enriched IBL here

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

How can you help Tom? A school librarian's guide for preparing students for University.

Thanks to my Twitter stream I came upon this presentation by Jo Alcock to a school library conference. The link between schools and Universities is crucial and any work here is going to be an improvement! I liked the concentration first on social networking : I always stray into those areas when first seeing new students. There is a virtual transcript of the talk here and the slides are below.

Libraries in a transliterate, technology fluent world

This presentation by Bobbi Newman is hard hitting and has some great quotes.

I liked the one by Douglas Adams (of "Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy" fame) best :

"I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
    • Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
    • Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
    • Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things. "

Best Video creation tools for the classroom

This article from School Library Journal, 1 Nov. 2010, by Richard Bryne looks well worth following up. He says :
"There was a time, not too long ago, that making a video required expensive video equipment and software. That’s no longer true. Now, without spending a dime on cameras or software, your students could craft the next great documentary or YouTube sensation."

All that is needed is creativity and patience...oh and the time to try these out!

15 easy to use apps for adding multimedia to Twitter

Want to add multimedia to your tweets on Twitter? Then this article could be your answer : 15 easy to use apps for adding multimedia to Twitter, by Aliza Sherman. I'd come across Twitpic and Audioboo and I love Screenr, but here are a load more.

Attention !

This article by Howard Rheingold on "Attention and other 21st century social media literacies" is interesting.
Howard Rheingold ( is the author of Tools For Thought, The Virtual Community, Smart Mobs, and other books and is currently lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.

He says :

"I focus on five social media literacies:

  • Attention
  • Participation
  • Collaboration
  • Network awareness
  • Critical consumption

Although I consider attention to be fundamental to all the other literacies, the one that links together all the others, and although it is the one I will spend the most time discussing in this article, none of these literacies live in isolation. They are interconnected. You need to learn how to exercise mindful deployment of your attention online if you are going to become a critical consumer of digital media; productive use of Twitter or YouTube requires knowledge of who your public is, how your participation meets their needs (and what you get in return), and how memes flow through networked publics. Ultimately, the most important fluency is not in mastering a particular literacy but in being able to put all five of these literacies together into a way of being in digital culture."

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

We've launched our Android App !

University of Bedfordshire Learning Resources now have our own Android app to help students and staff access our services from anywhere 24/7. How this will affect access and help us to get our Information Literacy message across better we shall have to wait and see. I am very excited by it. It will suit some students and if it reaches those who ignore us at the present, this will be really good news.

It features :

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Plagiarism resources

If you want some resources to use to combat plagiarism you might try Guide to Online Schools Complete Plagiarism Resource. It pulls together a number of tutorials from various institutions in the USA.