In his book, Shirky investigates the effect of technology on our culture and social behaviour, with a look to past technology innovations that have shifted how the world communicates and behaves (in particular the printing press). In particular he focuses on social networking and Web2.0 technology as well as the proliferation of mobile phones.
On the surface it seems like a bit of a dry topic, but his easy to read writing style and plentiful anecdotes keep it moving and kept me interested in the points he was making. It would be easy to write off the internet and Web2.0 technology as the latest fad, but with this book he draws the comparison of previous technological advances that we take for granted today (printing press, telephone, radio, television) and how they affected our culture when they were new, to those technologies that we are seeing take off now, like mobile phones and laptops.
I enjoyed reading this book as well as having a few lightbulb moments go off as I read, where I understood the power of social networking, the difference in methods of broadcasting vs communication over time and the ease of access to information we enjoy today.
As someone in the library industry, I can highly recommend this book for a thought provoking and discussion raising read for all library staff. It's an excellent companion piece for 23 Things and we have it in our collection!
The days are ticking by and we're getting closer and closer to the end of the 23 Things project. I can see lots of activity happening out there in library land, and more and more people are tipping into the "completed" zone, which is fabulous to see.
My questions for you are:
What else at this point do YOU need to help you complete?
Please don't tell me time, I've just given you another 11 days. *smile* But is there any technical help, further explanations or demonstrations or assistance in that level that I can offer? Does anything not really make sense to you even though you've done that module? Do you need something shown to you in context of how to apply it? Please leave a comment on this blog to let me know if yes.
Also, what applications do you see Web2.0 technology to be useful to us as librarians in our day to day lives?
Are there things that you think could be useful to us to streamline our work, our communication, and even add a little fun to how we work. Again, please leave comments on thos post.
Be aware that you do need to have membership to see this wiki, so if you've not already emailed me to join up, please do so.
Kelli has done an awesome job at using some innovation (and networking with her colleagues) to share some of the things she's learned while doing 23 Things. She's found a simple, effective way to get her info in a place that any of us can go to, share and use. That's what it's all about!
If you have anything you can share, either add on to the page above, or if it doesn't fit, create your own area in the wiki. Don't worry if you're not sure where to put it or it's not perfect, we can always move it later, and it will grow as it is used. Just have a go.
Well, we have two weeks left before 23 Things closes. Is this the expression on your face right now:
Well two weeks is a long time in the blogosphere. You can get through this without it being a high pressure thing. Just keep going at it, a little each day. It's been wonderful to see people plugging away who've not really been sure about Web2.0 technology and then something clicks and:
They get it! They understand that it's not about playing with fads, but learning what the tools are and how they can apply certain ones to their daily life. What ones are fun, interesting, informative, useful, efficient things that you can use.
Before long, you've saved so much time by using these tools, you can be like this: