Saturday, June 9, 2007

UIUCUL: Libraries and Librarians in Social Spaces

Libraries and Librarians in Social Spaces: A Tour of Initiatives at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe | Head, Undergraduate Library | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Karen Schmidt | Acting University Librarian | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Coalition for Networked Information Fall 2006 Task Force Meeting Project Briefing

The ubiquity of online networked social spaces presents librarians with an opportunity to become members of user communities and thereby integrate library resources and services at point-of-need and for point-of-discovery in ways previous models of librarian outreach could not obtain. Participating in networked social spaces such as MySpace is particularly valuable for connecting with undergraduate students for whom the library is unfortunately often an alien and mystifying entity. This project briefing will offer an introduction to a variety of projects underway at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to explore the possibilities of social spaces for libraries. Specific examples include:

* MySpace and Facebook sites
* Facebook fliers for advertising the Library
* I-Go: The Library Toolbar
* IM buddy names on all major networks
* SecondLife exploration
* Librarian Office Hours
* Integration in campus courseware communities

Online social spaces are complemented by new attention to social and collaboration spaces in the Library's physical facilities, particularly in the Undergraduate Library. Examples of enhancements to physical spaces include:

* Re-configuration of computer workstation distribution to facilitate group use of computers
* Laptop, DVD player, MP3 player, and hard drive check out
* iMac computers for multimedia production and development
* Furniture layout that encourages student reconfiguration for different group sizes

Information about successful and not-so-successful projects will be shared.



An Interview with Lisa Hinchliffe
In this 15 minute recording, Lisa Hinchliffe shares some thoughts on, among other things, the role of librarians in the social computing sphere and shares some thoughts on her experiences there.

"Build awareness of the library"
"Students today are living their lives in a browser"
"Participation in social networking is much like a branch library of the 21st century"
"Teachable moment
"Engage students"
"Lead by example"
"The library needs to be evolving"
"Create an engaging environment"
"Time of great experimentation"
"What can we do tomorrow"
"Friend me"

This interview is provided courtesy of CNI and was recorded at their 2006 Fall Task Force Meeting.


1 comment:

Scott said...

And, the newest facet of these projects is the launch of the UIUC Library Search application in Facebook. Check it out at: