Wikis as Educational and Information Tools

14 09 2010
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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?


Blogs as Educational and Information Tools

28 08 2010

I know, I know, blogs are not new and many Information Professionals and Librarians already have blogs. But I am not talking, here, about creating a blog for personal and professional purposes. I am talking about using a blog as educational information tool.

Blogs are a Web 2.0 technology that allows for content be shared with readers. But more importantly, blogs are platforms that also allow space for readers to comment. This is the area I was thinking we could build from.

Libraries need to build connections with their community and they need to be seen as that “connection place” that promotes community. Communication builds connections and connections build communities. So I am talking about creating blogs with the purpose of building a community though two-way communication and with the purpose of creating connections between public libraries and their users.

One fantastic blog example of community building is the Worthingteens blog supported by the the Worthington Ohio Public Library. The teen librarians who created Worthingteens provide a space for community and a connection for Worthington’s teens.

Libraries need to hear from their users and users need to know what their 21st century library has to offer. So why not use “social media” to be more social?  One more thought that comes to mind is a blog to promote readers’ advisory services to users and allow the users to share their opinions of the books. This could be a 21st Century Library Book Discussion where patrons interested could share their thoughts and views of different books for all to read.

In a nutshell… Web 2.0 is about social networking, connecting and collaboration, right? By adding our information perspective, libraries can create meaningful blogs that are about social literacy, engaging users both locally and worldwide.

How do you use blogs as an educational information tool?

Thank you for reading,


Hello world!

27 08 2010
Delaina Miller

Delaina Miller

Hello Everyone;

I created this blog with the goal of connecting my two educational pursuits: Information Resources and Educational Technology. It is my hope to introduce new and exciting open source or free technologies to other librarians and information professionals.

Technology is creating a change…with technology we all play the two roles of student and teacher. The technologies that this blog and blogger will focus on, are technologies that will help us work collaboratively to build a stronger body of knowledge.

I think that Libraries today have the potential to be dynamic and creative user-centered places. Libraries in the 21 Century are undergoing many changes (economic, values, relevancy) and by adding technology we will ensure their place in society for years to come.

Thank you for reading, Delaina