We asked Mary Taylor, Midwest Chapter Communications Committee member and Medical and Distance Learning Librarian at the Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and here is her reply!
- IM available. Our real time virtual reference is powered by instant messaging. We have embedded a Meebo me widget on our “Ask Anything” reference page, our Blackboard/WebCt login page, and our MySpace page (see the next item). Some of our liaisons have the widget on their personal/library websites so that patrons can instant message them directly.
- Face to Space. The library has a MySpace page with an imbedded Meebo me widget and a search form for our catalog. The search form code can be downloaded by users for their own web pages from the library’s website. We also have a blog on the page. Some librarians have MySpace and Facebook accounts. I am a faculty advisor for a student organization that has a Facebook account. I joined Facebook at that organization’s executive board’s request, so they didn’t have to look up my e-mail address every time they sent out a message.
- It bloggles the mind. One of our divisions, Instructional Support Services, has an internal blog. One liaison shares news with her departments via her blog. As previously mentioned, our MySpace page also has a blogs.
- Syndicated columnist. We use an RSS feed to spread the word about services and products, and plan to use it sharing our new books list.
- Let the wiki win. Two in-house committees use wikis to share documents in progress.
- Don’t blink. We are using Flickr to display photos of our ongoing building renovation.
- What does MARC say about it? We are setting up a service that allows users to send records from our catalog as text messages.
- Don’t touch that dial. The library has a channel on the SIUC’s student Web portal, with links to our online reference services, our catalog, our course reserves page, and our distance learning pages.
- It could be cloudy. We are investigating adding user-generated subject terms (cloud tags) to our catalog.
SO…How are the librarians and staff at YOUR library using Web 2.0 tools?
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