Web, Library, and Teen Services 2.0
Today's libraries are going through an evolution. Its challenge is to stay relevant to today's population and if not careful could find itself being outdated and forgotten. Instead of looking at the Internet as being a threat I think this article provided some good examples about how libraries can use the web as a valuable tool to reach out and engage the populations they serve, especially teenagers. This requires libraries to experiment and try new things to include and engage children so they not only use but become proactive members of the community that uses the library and its services. Allowing users to post comments, rate items, and even make recommendations for others to read and comment. Libraries could use this information to make recommendations to others so they might be able to find items they are interested.
Emerging Technologies Changing Public Library Service Delivery Models
This articles reminds of many of the same ideas as the one above. Today's libraries need to continue to change and engage the community. People today, especially myself, are accustomed to being able to obtain the information required 24hrs-a-day and seven days a week. One of the ideas I like more than anything is providing podcast. For example, if I was doing research and was using a never before used search engine, having a podcast of step-by-step instructions playing in the back ground telling me what to do would be extremely useful. And what I like most about podcast it is allows the user to listen when it is convenient and wherever they want. The ideas are endless for ways for libraries to use the web to communicate, its just going to take a lot of work and exploration.
Editorial: Examining Social Software in Teacher Education
As libraries are going through an evolution so is the education. Today's educators have the opportunity to engage those they are trying to educate. In reading the articles I started to think about having a class blog or website where students could post comments or questions. This would be a great tool because it would all students access to the content at all times. Today's youth is extremely comfortable with technology and as an educator if I could allow my students access to the content in a manner they feel comfortable then I am increasing the chances of students connecting with the material. But this requires educators to embrace and experiment with the resources available. The only potential negative is its use to distract, and this requires educators to be just as tech-savy as the students they're attempting to educate.