Tuesday, 23 December 2008

2008 Web 2.0 training success

Just thought you might like to know how the Web 2.0 training has gone as 2008 comes to a close.
  • 23 training sessions were held
  • 131 bookings were made for them
  • over 60% of staff attended at least one session
  • there was a 16% drop out rate - so an 84% attendance rate
  • 39 blogs were created
  • 18 wikis were created
  • 20 Facebook or MySpace accounts were created
  • 28 Picasa or Flickr accounts were created

All in all a great success and we already have bookings for the next set of sessions!

I'm taking a breather so we'll be doing the next set of training in the New Year. Thanks to everyone who attended and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

WCAG 2.0

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced a new standard to make sites more accessible to older and disabled people. Version 2.0 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) will apply to text, images, audio and video. It also covers web applications and should give developers more flexibility than the old guidelines. According to W3C, WCAG 2.0 should also be easier to understand and use.

The guidance is designed to address barriers encountered by people with visual, hearing, physical, cognitive and neurological disabilities and older people with access needs.
You can see the new guidance at - http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/

Friday, 5 December 2008

Lewisham's Web 2.0 in the news

Lewisham's Web 2.0 training has made the big time - well Cilip Update at least! Those of you who are members of Cilip can see the article on page 6 of the December edition, or online at http://www.cilip.org.uk/ Those of you who aren't can nick a copy from a colleague.

It's been posted about on the Cilip blog - members only to comment I'm afraid, and there's also a post about it and Learning 2.0 on Sarah Washford's Info Junkie blog

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

The Power of the Unconference

Interesting report on a youth engagement conference

"I think it was clear it was going to be a good day during the introductions. Around fifty youth workers, technologists and others with an interest in youth participation from as far away as Lancashire, Devon, Norfolk and Wiltshire had gathered at DIUS on a Saturday morning for UKYouthOnline, organised by Tim Davies. With that much enthusiasm and experience in the room, Tim’s gamble on the open space conference methodology was sure to pay off - even if only about a third of the participants had ever attended an unconference before."


Sunday, 9 November 2008

Library Facebook page

Library Facebook page - what to put on it?
By philipbradley
Thanks to Ms Sarah I discovered a really interesting blog post from David Lee King called What can you do with a Facebook Page? He discusses his library's page on Facebook - the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and briefly covers what is included in it and what he'd like to do with it. Great to read, and none of the 'Oh, we don't allow Facebook in our library' rubbish!

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Everything you wanted to know about Web 2.0 - Part 2

The next set of training sessions have been organised - they start on 13th October and run through to December. An email has been sent to all staff and you can find details on the Library 2.0 SPS.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

A new YouTube from Dr Michael Wesch

An anthropological introduction to YouTube
From: mwesch Views: 267,010 Comments: 507

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Friday, 15 August 2008

Lewisham Team Read blog

Well done to Max at Downham who has set up a blog for local children to access and leave their comments about Team Read. The website address is http://lewishamteamread.blogspot.com

Anyone can post a comment and all is explained on the welcome page. Children are invited to swap messages about the books they've read, what they think of Team Read etc. The messages will be moderated.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Wikis in plain English

Friday, 1 August 2008

Is Cuil really cool?

'Cuil' pronounced 'cool' or perhaps even 'kewl' is labelled as having the largest database of all the search engines and with an index of 120 billion web pages this may just be the case. Cuil has been around for a while although doubts remain if it will suceed in gaining the same popularity as Google.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Wikis - everything you wanted to know - no 2

The second wiki session is finished and some of the test wikis created today are listed on the right.

The sessions continue with Photos & Images in August then we'll be doing Social Networking in September.

Monday, 21 July 2008

Wikis - everything you wanted to know

The first wiki training session went well. 3 new test wikis were created. Participants were able to edit the Lewisham Web 2.0 wiki and had a go at editing Wikipedia. Next wiki session is 30th July. Book now to get your place!

Saturday, 28 June 2008

Practicalities of Web 2.0 - meeting report from UKEIG

Presented by Phil Bradley, at King's College London, Guys Campus, Wednesday 19 March 2008
Report by Fiona McLean, Knowledge and Information Centre, St Thomas' Hospital, London ( mailto:fmclean@gsst.nhs.uk) Published in eLucidate http://www.ukeig.org.uk/elucidate/public/meetingreports/2008/Web2.html

Phil made it clear from the start that the focus of this course was aspects of Web 2.0 we might find useful. The seminar started with a quick overview of some definitions and concepts of Web 2.0, and he gave some examples of it in practice:

  • A platform serving Web applications to end users, which could take over desktop computing applications
  • A way of harnessing collective intelligence
  • Facilitating the use and reuse of data in many ways.
  • Involving users directly in development.
  • Not limiting to a single device (storage on a website rather than a PC or individual network).

Or maybe Web 2.0 is actually a state of mind!

He emphasised that definitions were much less important than what you can do with it.
As you might expect, Phil makes use of innovative resources himself. He has loaded some of his presentations on to his ‘SlideShare' site. It's an example of a typical Web 2.0 resource, as it allows the creation, storage and sharing of resources that are not based on one PC. It can be used by others without needing particular software or to download large files. It includes a presentation from a similar course at http://www.slideshare.net/Philbradley/cilipbuilding/, which is worth a look. The site includes a transcript of the all the slides (near the bottom of the page). Some of the links click through (vertical hand icon).

More URLs are listed below, or at the end of this report.

The seminar included practical exercises where we learned about the developing range of Web 2.0 activities, with examples of relevant specific sites, and how to use them.

Pageflakes http://www.pageflakes.com/allows you to set up a start page compiled with ‘flakes' of your choice, in a range of media. These could include elements such as; a 'to do' list, RSS feeds, weather reports, or favourite images.

NewsreaderWe covered how to register and select feeds, and how to organise them, using Bloglines http://www.%20bloglines%20.com/

Set up a search engineThere are a range of sites where you can do this. They do a similar job in a similar way. We focused on using Rollyo http://www.rollyo.com/, as the easiest to use. Other sites include

Yahoo Search Builder http://builder.search.yahoo.com/m/promo,
Eurekster at http://www.eurekster.com/
Google Custom Search Builder at http://google.com/coop/cse/

Start a blogBlogger http://www.blogger.com/provides an easy way to set up a blog. Having created a blog, there are further steps in formatting and publishing it.

Set up a website without having to store anything on your own PCZimbio (http://www.zimbio.com/) allows the creation of content on the Web which can be shared with other people. This can either be public or private.

Bookmark servicesThere are several of these, but what they have in common is that the information is stored on their site, not the user's PC. There are added facilities, such as indexing and related searching.

Favorites/bookmarksdel.icio.us http://www.delicious.com/is the well-known example.
WebpagesFURL http://www.furl.net/saves an entire webpage, fully indexed, rather than just a URL.

Create a wikiThe site we looked at was Peanut Butter wiki http://pbwiki.com/.

Some of the other links covered in the seminar:

Phil's extensive website is at http://www.philb.com/.

I found this to be a very practical, relevant course about this rapidly evolving concept. The overview was a refreshingly expert, objective and hype-free briefing, complemented by learning about specific functions, and how to use relevant sites, sometimes with the help of step-by-step instructions. It has given me the knowledge and motivation to investigate more Web 2.0 resources, while having a balanced view on whether they are really ground-breaking super innovations or not!

Monday, 23 June 2008

RSS and newsfeeds

The training session went well this morning with participants creating their own Bloglines news reader and finding some interesting blog and news feeds to put in them. The next session is on Monday 30th - still a few spaces if enyone else wants to book in.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Blog training

Well done everyone who attended the blog sessions and created their own blog - they've all been added to the links on the right.

Monday, 9 June 2008

Content warning

Just a quick comment to say that when I looked at Juvenita's training blog, I received a "content warning" about objectionable content. I can only think this happened because the blog contains the words "adult reading". We probably don't want the public to receive these warnings, so we need to be careful about the terminology we use!

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Exploiting the blogosphere

Presentation by Karen Blakeman on Slideshare
Exploiting the blogosphere

SHARE - What is Web 2.0

Karen Blakeman's keynote presentation at the SHARE: Annual Briefing Event on 29 April, 2008.

What is Web 2.0?

Blogs and wikis in libraries, our new best friends?

Report on a course organised by the CILIP Information Services Group South East Branch and held at CILIP on 8th November 2007. The day began with an informative and entertaining presentation by Karen Blakeman on the complex topics of blogs, wikis and RSS. Karen was both key presenter and host for the day and had undoubted expertise in the subjects considered, having specialised in consulting and training on the use of the internet and accessing and managing information resources since setting up her company RBA (www.rba.co.uk) in 1989.

Course report available at http://www.cilip.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/E312C568-EDB3-41C7-8C04-9041DB188FF2/0/BlogsandwikiscoursedayreportEveleenAnne1.doc

Five weeks to a social library - free online course

"Five Weeks to a Social Library is the first free, grassroots, completely online course devoted to teaching librarians about social software and how to use it in their libraries. It was developed to provide a free, comprehensive, and social online learning opportunity for librarians who do not otherwise have access to conferences or continuing education and who would benefit greatly from learning about social software." The course was taught online in 2007, but the materials have been archived and are freely viewable for interested parties to follow. The live Webcasts were also archived. The course covered the following topics:

  • Blogs
  • RSS
  • Wikis
  • Social Networking Software and SecondLife
  • Flickr
  • Social Bookmarking Software
  • Selling Social Software @ Your Library

Five weeks to a social library

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Blogs and blogging

The first thing that we are going to try is blogging. The first exercise is to set up your own blog which you can use to begin recording your thoughts, exercises and comments. There are several tools available, but I recommend that you use Blogger*, a popular free online blog hosting service that is very easy to use.

Creating a blog using Blogger takes just three steps:

  • Create an account
  • Name your blog
  • Select your template

Once you’ve created your blog here are two important things to know:

To add posts: The maintenance interface that you will use to add posts, edit or change the appearance of your blog is accessed online at http://www.blogger.com. Be sure to write down your login and password.
To view your blog: Your blog address is http://(xxxx).blogspot.com, (xxxx)=the unique name that you entered in Step 2. Make sure you make a note of your blog address.


  • Set up a blog for yourself through Blogger
  • Add a test post or two
  • Find someone else's blog and comment on one of their posts

IMPORTANT NOTE: How you choose to identify yourself on your blog is your choice. You can blog under a screen name, anonymously, or as yourself. Make sure that it is something you can remember and don't forget to let the other 'trainees' have details so that you can comment on each others blogs

Web 2.0 and Lewisham Libraries

Welcome to Lewisham's Web 2.0 blog. I will be posting information and links that complement and supplement the training that will be available.