College Professors are the New YouTube Stars

According to a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, professors' lectures are gaining popularity on YouTube as more colleges are signing agreements with the site to set up official "channels." The article also notes other video-sharing web sites such as Big Think which opened this week and FORAtv. These web sites provides short video clip interviews with academics, authors, … Continue reading College Professors are the New YouTube Stars

Social Networking: Opinions & Practices of Library Users & Librarians

OCLC's (Online Computer Library Center)  recent report, Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World, presents the results of a study conducted to find out both library users' and librarians' opinions and practices in regards to social networking.  Over 6,100 users, ages 14-84 from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom were surveyed.  Survey participants … Continue reading Social Networking: Opinions & Practices of Library Users & Librarians

For Book Lovers

LibraryThing  (http://www.librarything.com) is a social networking web site that allows you to: Catalog a collection of your favorite books and access your catalog from any Internet-accessible computer. Find out what other people are reading and share books with people who have similar reading interests. Get recommendations/suggestions for what to read based on your interests. Write … Continue reading For Book Lovers

Access your favorite web links from anywhere

Del.icio.us  (http://del.icio.us/) is a social bookmarking site that allows you to: Bookmark your favorite links and access them from any Internet-accessible computer. Share your favorite links with family and friends. Find out what other people are bookmarking on Del.icio.us and add these links to your collection on Del.icio.us. To find out more about Del.icio.us, click … Continue reading Access your favorite web links from anywhere

Scholarly Research – Google vs. Librarians

A recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, Librarians Find a Place in a 'Web 2.0' World, directs attention to Thomas Mann's essay, The Peloponnesian War and the Future of Reference, Cataloging, and Scholarship in Research Libraries.  This essay examines the: priniciples and practices of reference services and cataloging; the differences between quick information seeking and … Continue reading Scholarly Research – Google vs. Librarians

Authority 3.0

With the Web 2.0 world of self-publishing and social networking rapidly growing and companies such as Google continually developing more effective search mechanisms for retrieving relevant results, where does that leave the traditional peer review process? Michael Jensen's recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Metrics of Scholarly Authority, discusses the changing nature of scholarly authority … Continue reading Authority 3.0

Social Networking Platform for Academia

Andrew's article from Wired magazine, "Don't Tell Your Parents: Schools Embrace MySpace," provides an overview on Elgg, an open source social networking platform specifically designed for the academic community.  Elgg allows personal learning environments -- "mashup spaces comprising del.icio.us feeds, blog posts, podcast widgets -- whatever resources students need to document, consume or communicate their learning across disciplines."