I’m really interested in how emerging technologies can be used in the information and education environments. Software and programs are constantly being developed that help us to be more social learners. I’ve really enjoyed using wikis in class assignments, and other Web 2.o tools to help work on assignments and to create final projects on. As well as having uses for students and individuals working on projects together or to display what they have done, these technologies are also a way for libraries, archives and other information organizations to reach out to their users. These new technologies attract new users, can be fun and easy to use, and get users interacting with the material and with each other. I love the idea of creating video tutorials using screencasting software to demonstrate how to do something. For those who can’t be on campus, or want help when they can’t get help (after hours, don’t feel confident in language ability, etc), tutorials are a fast way to get a point across. And sometimes it is nice to get information not in written format – just for a change!
The following are just a few of the resources I’ve used to help me understand emerging technologies in libraries. I’d be interested in learning of any other useful resources.
From Cilips, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland there is this introductory guide, http://www.slainte.org.uk/files/pdf/web2/Web2GuidelinesFinal.pdf
as well they have a website http://www.slainte.org.uk/slainte2/index.html