Several times we are being talking in this blog about how libraries embrace social tools to improve the relationship with users and to offer better and new services.
A quick view to our tag Library 2.0 shows different posts about how libraries go social.
Today the UOC Virtual Library starts using Twitter as a tool to promote their services and collections and to present the librarians that work on.
There is lots of guidelines, explained experiences, advice or tips about how to use social networks on academics and in libraries too.
Allan Johnson, on his post âUsing Twitter for Curated Academic Contentâ proposes a workflow for a curated content on twitter.
In his own words: âIt goes like this.Â Throughout the week I scan through the content that comes through to my RSS reader (I happen to use NewsRack).Â The content is a mixture of my main interests: academia, of course, but also fashion, design, media, culture, theatre, and architecture.Â If I can read the post in less than 2 minutes (that magical cutoff point for GTDers) then I have a read, and tweet it if I think it is worthwhile.Â But if it will take longer than 2 minutes, I send it straight to Pocket, a read-it-later app which links directly with NewsRack.â
And also interesting is his preferences on how to face the tweeting style solution that Academic Community managers face when start to use twitter:
Allan Johnson says:
âI am a big fan of the âwhole-personâ style of tweeting, with a mixture of general chatter (e.g. âitâs Thai for dinner!â) and valuable curated content (e.g. âgreat article at http://âŚ”).â
To resolve how to manage a library twitter account in terms of style of tweeting is not easy. We decided not to be stuck in one position, we decided to see what our users (and listeners) like or ask for.
LSE Impact on Social Sciences blog has some guides on how to use Twitter in research and also in teaching, and lots of interesting posts (mostly from guest bloggers) that explore Academics 2.0 as a subject.
On this blog can be found a guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities that I thing will be useful to us. Is a guide for academics and researches but is can be a good starting point for librariansâŚI donât know why they always forget librarians!
3 tweeting styles are identified in this guide, and a table analyses pros and cons.
Substantive updates style, strongly formal and corporate is the most comfortable zone if, as a library, you want to talk to the world but is so impersonal in a conversational network as is twitter.
In a Conversational style content is âeclectic, drawing on professional interests but also on personal life, commenting on current events, etc. and so covers diverse topicsâ is purely Twitter but with eclectic contents many followers may not value many of the tweetsâŚ
A middle ground style sounds perfect to meâŚ but is a challenge to find the equilibrium and is not a formula thereâŚ how many conversational to be engaging? How many substantive to inform properly?
To resolve how to manage a library twitter account in terms of style of tweeting is not easy. We decided not to be stick in one position, we decided to see what our users (and listeners) like or ask for.
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GitHub was intended to be an open software collaboration platform, but itâs become a platform for much, much more than code. Itâs now being used by artists, builders, home owners, everyone in between, entire companies âŚ and cities.
April 1st is a day in the calendar we are waiting for.
Every year small and big companies and other Internet workers enjoy the healthy tradition to prank surfers around the web. Most of these pranks are hoaxes.
âHoaxesÂ are attempts to make people believe unlikely thingsâ
The most active and visible company to enjoy Fools Day is Google, of course.
YouTube asked to their users to vote the best video ever
âYouTube finally has enough videos to begin selecting a winner.
What do you think is the #bestvideo on YouTube?
We’ve been thrilled with all of the diverse, creative entries we’ve seen so far, and we can’t wait to begin the process of selecting the best video. We’ll be announcing the winner in 10 years.â
Google treasure map
‘In September 2012 our team discovered a paper map that has been verified as Captain Kidd’s treasure map. However, we haven’t deciphered all the clues yet and its up to you to access his map and uncover the secrets. If we all work together, we can solve the mystery and find the long lost treasure. Read more on our blog:http://goo.gl/m2aSb‘
But also Vimeo with the first cat videos specific site.
Or Skype, offering space calls to keep in touch families when they are travelling around the Solar system.
Twitter enjoyed April 1stÂ Annncng Twttr: ‘Everyone can use our basic service, Twttr, but you only get consonants. For five dollars a month, you can use our premium âTwitterâ service which also includes vowels.’
And Change.org recognizes that change is overrated and launches a new platform for no change TheSame.biz Â to ask to Ryan Gosling to stay beautiful and more no changes.
Iâve tried to find Library pranks butâŚ
Enjoy these last Fool hours!
Tonight was Oscarâs night.Â The worldwide show about movies. A day to talk about films and remember how important is the film industry for all of us. Filmmakers show us a world of dreams, love, social fights and history. They show us our own nightmares too. And, in academia, movies are a great tool to introduce new creative perspectives to our discussions.
Like in literature, fiction is a key in building movie storylines. One of the most attractive kinds of fiction is the Sci-Fi. Stories that project possible futures based on what we know about science and technology and imagine possible future discoveries or uses of these technologies.
As explained on theÂ University of EdinburghÂ course I attended onÂ eLearning and digital cultures: âMany strongly utopian or dystopian arguments seek to explain social, cultural or educational change in primarily technological terms. This is known as âtechnological determinismâ [âŚ]
This perspective says that technology is not a âtoolâ – it actually drives change and creates society, not the other way aroundâ
Hand and SandywellÂ E-topiaÂ paper (2002) describe three utopian claims about information technology, and three dystopian ones.
|Utopian claims||Dystopian claims|
|Information technologies based on electronic computation possessÂ intrinsically democratizingÂ properties (the Internet and/or worldwide web is an autonomous formation with âin-builtâ democratic properties or dispositions).||Information technologies possessÂ intrinsically de-democratizingÂ properties (the Internet and/or worldwide web is an autonomous formation with âin-builtâ anti-democratic properties or dispositions).|
|Information technologies are intrinsically neutral, but inevitably lend themselves toÂ democratizing global forcesÂ of information creation, transfer and dissemination.||Information technologies are intrinsically neutral, but inevitably lend themselves to control byÂ de-democratizing forcesÂ (hardware and software âownershipâ equals anti-democratic control).|
|Cyber-politics is essentially a pragmatic or instrumental task ofÂ maximizing public accessÂ to the hardware and software thought to exhaustively define the technology in question.||Cyber-politics is essentially one ofÂ resisting and perverting the anti- democratic effectsÂ of the technology in question.|
DystopiasÂ are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. -Â Wikipedia
And is that âdecline in societyâ one of our trending topics on actual fiction.
How technology is changing our behavior. How some evil forces âthe same evil forces that put us in this crisis- can use technologies to control us in a totalitarian way. There are our fears and filmmakers are aware of that. Thatâs why movies and TV series are talking about how technology works and facing us to a possible present-futures we are going to.
In fiction it is a growing dystopian projection of our nearly future and a scary fear of our technological present.
I like the expressionÂ Dystopian-PresentÂ to describe these unreal projections of possibleÂ missusesÂ of the technology we already know.
But they are missuses or are where we are going all together?
We can find a great example of this new fiction contribution to the technological dystopian-present debate onÂ Charlie Brookerâs âBlack Mirrorâ where every chapter try to explore the âside-effectsâ of technology in our life.
If technology is a drug â and it does feel like a drug â then what, precisely, are the side-effects? This area â between delight and discomfort â is where Black Mirror is set. The “black mirror” of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone. -Â Charlie Brooker
This fears about technological dystopian present are not conspiracy theories. Fears are born from the gap between who offers the technology and who uses it. The lack of transparency of the information needed to build trustiness is the key to change that scary story of us.
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Next february will be published the newÂ Horizon Report HE. About the technologies to watch in Higher Education for the next years.Â In this edition previewÂ MOOCâsÂ and Tablet computing are on the list to keep an eye this year. Maybe is a âlateâ prediction?
On 2012Â Mobile Apps were on the list, Tablet computing too. Any changes on Mobile Apps? Of course, this year was a great development of an tremendous amount of apps for HE and now almost every university has her platform and are encouraging apps use thought they students and teachers.
This year, withÂ MOOCâsÂ where other finalists andÂ my beloved Flipped ClassroomÂ were in there.
Defined onÂ the âfirst roundâ Horizon documentÂ as: âThe flipped classroom model is part of a larger pedagogical movement that overlaps with blended learning, inquiry-based learning, and other instructional approaches and tools that are meant to be flexible, active, and more engaging for studentsâ. The idea of flipped classroom is a sweet candy and now, everyone publishing no matter what on the web is saying they are on that. âI put that on the web because Iâm on flipped classroom, bla bla blaâ. Okey, you are giving multimedia-audiovisual-cool content for the students to consume at home… but, what about what to do in the classroom? to publish the coolest thing on the Internets doesn’t helps the teacher like Wikipedia does not in the doctor-patient relationship today.
OnÂ MOOCâsÂ they are other typical mistakes: the most common is thatÂ MOOCâs are open. Some think they are Open in all the means and itâs very hopeful to believe that universities are engaging freedom on the Internets, but reality is not that nice. MOOCâs are the experiments to find a global solution to a business problem. How to transform HE to a commodity.
Manuel CastellsÂ claim in a recent UNESCO-Chair Seminar:
âTremendous market pressure is to destroy universities to transform it into a commodity. Oligarchs are brutal and ignorants and they buy universities as they buy football clubs! We have to preserve universities from the river of piraĂąas who want to sell them by pieces.â
My first impression with the list this year, I insist, is thatÂ MOOCâsÂ and Tablet computing for learning purposes are already in development and the Horizon predictions are coming late. But, a close reading of the preview published give us a key of understanding why areÂ MOOCâsÂ there: âThe pace of development in the MOOC space is so high that it is likely that a number of alternative models will emerge in the coming yearâ.
TheÂ MOOCâsÂ are not a new system approach to HE, from 2008 to now they were largely developed and you can find hot new ideas to continue to experiment all the different aspects involved on eLearning and infinite audiences. From flipped-classroom didactic methods to peer evaluation of the homework passing through how the teachers interact with the students (if they do) or how to deal with discussions moderation or plagiarism. But what it will be something to watch this year is how different models will coexist and develop.
Technological problems are being resolved, even most of the pedagogical theories about e Learning are being tested and improved now. But.
Every model will appear being a confirmation of the problems asked for years in HE. What about the future of accreditation? is a valid academic approach the Ethics in lawâs Stanford course in the context of the EU multicultural legal system standards? Students can build a curriculum based on MOOCâs if they are recognized by prestigious universities? What are the market value of MiT degrees if everyone everywhere every moment can take a course and repeatedly try again and again to succeed? will peer evaluation ensure academic quality standards? or will push down different cultural approaches to a new idea? massive[collective]intelligence will tend to be uniformant? or automated systems will be able to detect talent?
They are lots of questions to answer. Lots of experiments to conduct onÂ MOOCâs. But in what way? to find a Business solution to speculate with education or to develop new ways to get freedom.
The Net Doesnât Free People: People Free People
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