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How to stay ahead of the game with Web 2.0 - course presenter Karen Blakeman
The term Web 2.0 covers a multitude of sins - and many virtues! The terminology and jargon sometimes inhibits the take up of tools that can significantly improve the effectiveness of your services and the way you work. These tools enable you to share presentations to promote your own and your department’s skills and expertise; use RSS to keep you and your users up to date or to publish/republish information; create brief “how to” videos and tours of your library; tap into social and professional networks for research.
The workshop takes a down to earth view of how applications can be used in the workplace and participants will have ample opportunity to try out services for themselves.The areas covered will include:
- Publishing and republishing information – alternatives to the static web page
- Tools for collaborating on documents and projects
- Using video, audio and images to promote your services
- "Presentation" sharing sites such, for example Slideshare, Authorstream
- Social and professional networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
- Creating and using mashups
The sessions will look at technologies such as blogs, wikis, RSS, Twitter, social bookmarking and “widgets”. During the practical sessions participants can opt to concentrate on just one or two technologies in detail or have a go at more applications to get a broader overview. The aim of the day is to help identify those tools that are going to be of real value back at work. There will be extensive notes and exercise sheets to guide you through the day, and all the information and presentations will be available electronically.
Karen Blakeman has worked in the information profession since 1978 and became a freelance consultant in 1989. Her company (RBA Information Services) provides training and consultancy on effective use of the Internet, social and collaborative web tools, and on accessing and managing electronic information resources. Prior to setting up RBA she worked at the Colindale Central Public Health Laboratory, and then spent ten years in the Pharmaceutical and Health Care industry before moving to the International management consultancy group Strategic Planning Associates. Karen edits and publishes a monthly, electronic newsletter called Tales from the Terminal Room and the 7th edition of Search Strategies for the Internet is in production. Her blog can be found at http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/. She is an Honorary Fellow of CILIP: The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, an active member of the UK e-Information Group (UKeiG), and a member of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP).
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