I’ll be off to Liverpool tomorrow to present at the Facebook Symposium organised by Liverpool John Moores University. I’ve uploaded by talk entitled ‘Whose space is it anyway? Libraries, Librarians and Facebook‘ to slideshare. Thanks to everyone who completed my Facebook and libraries survey, but in particular to Katharine at University of Warwick library and Jo at University of Wolverhampton Learning Centres. Both have great library Facebook pages (which I’ve linked to above) and use a range of features and services to enhance their services. I would like to write up the findings from the survey to update the Facebook case study I did last January. It is interesting to see how experimental and open minded many librarians are being about using Facebook and other web 2.0 technologies. We’ve come a long way since I started the LASSIE project! However, also it is interesting to note the differences in opinions of senior library staff – as the recent JISC attitudinal survey showed. Many did not feel social networking was an appropriate place for libraries to be. Consequently, Facebook and the use of Web 2.0 technologies feels like a real ground up movement at the moment, which is partly what makes it exciting I guess? I’ve got some useful links about social networking in delicious.
On a slightly different track, I’ve started work recently on a new project to develop a Digital Literacy programme for staff and researchers at LSE. I may have mentioned I revamped our training programme for this term, calling it Digital Literacy instead of E-literacy for E-learning, which started to sound a bit dated. So I was interested to read Josie Fraser’s recent posting on Notes towards Digital literacy and how it really doesn’t matter what we call it. I agree although I really have gone right off the name e-literacy! My colleagues put me on to this blog as Josie was the ALT Learning Technologist of the year. It would be great if we could get some papers on this topic at next year’s LILAC (Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference): some of you may realise I am the Chair of the Academic Programme and the call for papers is currently out. The theme of emerging technologies is pretty broad, so could cover all aspects of using web 2.0 technologies and digital literacy.