Going forward: Future of the Internet and Libraries

Over the past couple of months, I looked at the different internet and web-based tools used by libraries and in our everyday lives. Here is a summary of all the tools I learned for my Red River College Intro to Multi-Media course. Starting with Web 2.0 it plays a huge role in how we interact and share information online in social media and other communication sites. Additionally, blogs and microblogging allow us to share our thoughts and ideas in-depth rather than short posts found on Twitter. Wikis are sites allowing users to create their pages and collaborate each other on anything from projects to camping trips. Podcasting and video sharing enable us to share our voices to listeners all over the world. Social bookmarking and cataloging lets us create an index of websites, and other users can add their links to the index as well. Productivity tools and cloud services make content creation easy to manage and stored on the internet with ease.

All of these tools and services play a vital role in the library. To give you an idea of how all these tools and services fill that role:

With Web 2.0 and all of these tools, libraries can:

  1. Reach out to patrons more efficiently with new information about the unique theme of the month and classes for a particular service through blogs, social media, podcasts and video sharing sites like YouTube.
  2. Create a catalogue of websites which library staff can save new sites and share with others.
  3. Able to store and look up information with ease on the internet making certain services more straightforward to manage.

Here are some more sites I didn’t cover over these past few months.

Weebly: Weebly is a website builder site that allows anyone to create their website similar to Squarespace. This site allows up, and coming libraries because setting up a website on Weebly are easy to do, and it provides beautiful themes to make your site look good. This site is good for a public library to help patrons create their website if they are interested.

Glogster: A content creator site is allowing users to create interactive posters for school projects, sports reports, and lectures. On their projects, users can type information into text boxes, add videos and photos with links to various sites. This site is suitable for elementary and high schools because it does do projects and learning more fun.

Lab 10 Q&A:

1. Out of all of the tools we reviewed this year, which ones were most interesting to you?

I loved learning about the different tools and services found on the internet. I have used most of the services I learned throughout the previous labs. However, one service/websites fascinated me are wikis. I like the idea of being able to collaborate and create a page for anything! Blogs are another favourite of mine to learn in the labs. I never read or created one until this lab. Thus it was an enlightening experience.

2. Were there any tools that we didn’t explore that you would have like to have learned more about?

    a. If so, please name them and explain why they are of interest to you.

I think these labs cover everything I wanted to learn.

3. Overall, what did you take away from this course this semester?

Just how everything is connected and having the ability to collaborate with other users is excellent.




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