Education Partners

13 10 2010

Hello Everyone;

I recently made this brief Photo Story illustrating a brief look and technologies used as educational partners and thought I would share it with you.

I was thinking that a Photo Story created by librarians or by patrons might be a great way to inspire our younger patrons to realize their potential of designing the next new technology. As well as a great way to put the library at the heart of their researching needs.

Images and music can do a lot to inspire and so can we as Information Professionals.

Leave a comment if you need any ideas building your library’s Photo Story or if you have suggestions for other librarians for their Photo Stories.



Talk It Out With YackPack

17 09 2010

Another great collaborative tool is YackPack.

YackPack can be described as a system of audio emails. First you create a user group, or “pack” as they call it, and then you invite others.  YackPack allows up to 49 different packs per email address, so you can have some office packs, hobby packs and family packs as well.

Example of YackPack user interface

When you want to send a message, you can select the whole pack, or just the members that you want to talk to, and record your message. You can listen to the play back, re-record if necessary and then poof!

Hit send at the message is gone. No more adding addresses from your address book (and getting someone else by mistake….done that a few times!) and no need to add any typing at all in fact. Just record and click send.

Another cool feature is that in YackPack the messages are stored for playback again and again. To see if you have a message, the person who sent you the message will have a green bar under their face or Avatar picture.

Simple…Easy…Almost Effortless Communication

I see YackPack as a great collaborative tool because it is a useful communication tool. Let’s say that an educator or a librarian has a group of people they are helping and typing is an issue for the people they are working with. With YackPack typing is not an issue, messages can be sent verbally. If the person that you are trying to connect with is not on-line, no problem, the message is sent and will wait.  In that sense YackPack is like a Web 2.0 answering machine.

Have you used YackPack for as a communication tool? Have you used YackPack for any kind of group projects? What do you think of YackPack?

Wikis as Educational and Information Tools

14 09 2010
image of collaboration


Aright I admit, I like to ponder about life in general and I was wondering if we really use some of the older Web 2.0 technologies to the fullest.

Sometimes as information professionals we get so caught up in new technologies that we can forget about older Web 2.0 technologies, such as wikis. My point, I guess, is do we spend time rethinking the possibilities for Web 2.0 technologies. For instance some information professionals are using wikis to collaboratively create Readers’ Advisory information, which is ingenious. But are we rethinking wikis often enough?

Then this article came out in the Chronicle of Higher Education about a crowdsourcing project called “Transcribe Bentham.” The project uses MediaWiki as the collaborative tool that allows all of the participants to … well transcribe the manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham.

I thought this was a great way to use wikis because it seems to repurpose an older Web 2.0 technology into an ongoing a current tend like digitalization.

How do you use wikis? Do you feel like you are getting the most out of Web 2.0 technologies?