Thursday, February 12, 2009

CHE: Social Networks For The Green Campus

Internal Communications at Washington State U. Go Paperless / Steve Kolowich / February 10, 2009

Washington State University has decided to go paperless for all internal communications on its four campuses, moving all memos, fliers, posters, and its weekly newspaper to cyberspace. “Experts have been predicting a transition to a paperless society for years,” wrote Elson S. Floyd, the university’s president, in a statement this afternoon. “Meanwhile, it seems that the piles of papers that cross our desks keep growing. We plan to reverse that trend.”

The decision, made official last month, comes amid an effort to trim $10-million from the university’s budget by June, with further cuts anticipated next year. [snip]

She also said that quitting paper cold turkey would encourage the university to to integrate Web 2.0 technologies—such as blogging and social networking—into its internal communications. “I’m sure we will find a lot of creativity spurred by this,” she said.


At the same time, “it is really exciting to deliver the news in a new format,” he added. “We have to learn to use the tools of the Web and Web 2.0 effectively.



BTW: During the breakout session at our Sustainability Symposium held earlier this week

I had planned to suggest that various interlinked university social networks be created to facilitate communication, coordination, and cooperation amongst/between various individual, departmental, and administrative efforts but thought that The Idea would be considered Too Radical …

Little Did I Know That WSU Would See The (Potential) Benefit of Social Networks For Its Green Initiatives [:-)]

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Web 2.0 and Libraries / Seminar / Rome, Italy / March 6 2009

Web 2.0 and Libraries / Seminario di Aggiornamento

Università degli Studi di Roma Tre (Facoltà di Architettura) / Aula Urbano VIII / Via della Madonna dei Monti / 40 Roma / 6 marzo 2009 / h.9.00-13.30

Web 2.0 has posed a number of challenges for the library and marks a transition within the library world in the way that services are delivered to users. In the course of this seminar, organised by CASPUR /CIBER in collaboration with AIB Lazio, AIDA, CILEA, FAO and University of Rome Three Library System we will seek to describe how libraries have responded to the opportunities offered by Web 2.0 applications and how organisations can best exploit the potential which Library 2.0 can provide.

Keynote speaker, Gerry McKiernan, will describe current trends and changing scenarios, while other speakers will describe how Library 2.0 features have been deployed with a special focus on the Italian context.

9.00 - 9.30 / Greetings and Introduction / Mary Joan Crowley, Università degliStudi di Roma "La Sapienza"

9.30 - 11.00 / The Future of The Library / Gerry McKiernan, Iowa State University Library

11.00 - 11.30 / Coffee break

11.30 - 12.00 / Q&A

12.00 - 12.30 / "Italian Library 2.0?": One question, many answers / Bonaria Biancu, Università di Milano Bicocca

12.30 - 13.00 / Aggregated News and Events on Agriculture: AgriFeeds / Valeria Pesce, FAO

13.00 - 13.30 / Will Web 2.0 ever meet library catalogs? / Andrea Marchitelli, CILEA

The keynote speech by Gerry McKiernan will be delivered in English, the other presentations will be delivered in Italian

The Participatory Web: Web 2.0 and The Future of The Library

As characterized by Wikipedia, “‘Web 2.0’ describes the changing trends in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aim to enhance creativity, communications, secure information sharing, collaboration and functionality of the web[]

Such ‘participatory’ technologies include not only blogging (e.g. Blogger), photo-sharing (e.g. Flickr), social bookmarking (e.g. Delicious), but folksonomies (e.g., tagging), online social networks (e.g., Facebook), video-sharing (e.g., YouTube), and wikis (e.g., Wikipedia).

In this ... [presentation] we provide an overview of several significant Web 2.0 technologies and profile numerous examples of libraries worldwide that have implemented these interactive technologies in their efforts to enhance collaboration and communication with their respective communities.


Free / Pre-registration Required

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This Seminar has been organized by Paola Gargiulo (CASPUR), Andrea Marchitelli (CILEA) and Imma Subirats (FAO of the United Nations)


While I will profile The Usual Web 2.0 Suspects in my presentation, I am also interested in promoting newer/emerging Web 2.0 technologies as well, and would appreciate Any and All Suggestions; Library implementations would be of special interest.

In addition to implementations by U.S. libraries, I am particularly interested in Web 2.0 implementations by libraries in non-U.S. regions (e.g., Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Oceania, etc.)

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NOTE \ This Is A Shockwave Flash File / NOTE


[We Conclude With A Profile Of Discussion Of WebQubed –
The Mixed And Mashed Web / MixedUp Web



>> The Quantum Web <<

Our Vision Of The Future Of The Web After WebQubed.

Given The Recent Article/Report About The Map Of Knowledge

I Don’t Think That _The Quantum Web_ Is That Far-Out … [:-)]

!!! I Wish To Thank :The Seminar Sponsors - CASPUR /CIBER AIB Lazio, AIDA, CILEA, FAO And University of Rome Three Library System For Their Support


The Seminar Organizers - Paola Gargiulo (CASPUR), Andrea Marchitelli (CILEA)

and Imma Subirats (FAO of the United Nations)

For The Opportunity To Present !!!]


An Extended Version Of This Presentation Was Given At The

David Lubin Memorial Library

The Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations (FAO)

On March 5 2009

I Wish To Thank

Margaret Zito ( Director)


Jessica Mathewson (Reference)


Imma Subirats (IT)


Their Hospitality / Generosity

And For

The Opportunity To Present !!!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Five Years Of Facebook

Weekend Edition Saturday, February 7, 2009

Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Social Media Strategist Andy Carvin about Facebook's fifth anniversary, and how social networking has changed how we use the Internet. (03:00)


Friday, February 6, 2009

Meebo Now Includes Chat From Facebook

NYTimes / Bits / February 5, 2009 / 5:04 pm /Instant Messaging Site Meebo Adds Facebook Chat / By Brad Stone

For Internet users whose instant messaging proclivities span numerous systems -– AOL’s AIM, Yahoo Messenger and Microsoft Messenger, for example -–
Meebo is a hugely useful tool.

Since 2005, the Mountain View, Calif., company has let people log into multiple messaging systems at the same time from within a Web browser. It’s much easier than opening up the desktop software programs of several IM systems and logging into them all at once.

Today, Meebo is getting even more useful, adding the popular Facebook Chat to the list of instant messaging systems it supports. [snip]

The move is interesting for a number of reasons. First, it sheds a little more light on how developers will be using Facebook Connect, which the company hopes to use to magnify Facebook’s influence across the Internet. For now, Meebo users will be able to conduct instantaneous text chats with their Facebook friends off the social network, and to browse the status updates of all their Facebook friends.

But subsequent versions of the integration with Facebook could let Meebo users see some of their friend’s Facebook profile information, publish stories into their news feeds on Facebook, or update their Facebook status remotely, ... [snip]

The move also underscores just how pervasive IMing with friends and colleagues is becoming, and how it is spreading out and being threaded directly into the fabric of the Web. An Internet user’s list of friends used to sit inside an instant messaging software program – something users opened each time they turned on their computer. Now people are forging connections across the Web, and the idea of listing all your friends in a software silo almost seems quaint. [snip]