Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How mainstream media outlets use Twitter  recently published a report on how mainstream media outlets use Twitter
Among the findings of this new study:
·         The news outlets studied varied widely in the number of Twitter feeds or channels offered and in how frequently they posted. On average, the news organizations offered 41 different feeds. The Washington Post, at the top of the list, offered 98, more than twice the average. The Daily Caller, on the other hand, offered a single Twitter feed. The level of activity also ranged widely. While as a group the outlets in the sample averaged 33 tweets a day on their main organizational Twitter feed, that number ranged from close to 100 a day to fewer than 10.
·         These news organizations were much more similar in the focus of their Twitter activity. The vast majority of the postings promoted the organizations’ own work and sent users back to their websites. On the main news feeds, fully 93 percent of the postings over the course of the week offered a link to a news story on the organization’s own website.
·         News organizations rarely used Twitter as a reporting tool or to curate or recommend information that originated elsewhere. Just 2 percent of the tweets from the main news feed analyzed were information-gathering in nature—seeking views or first-hand accounts from readers. And only 1 percent of tweets studied were “retweets” that were reposted from a Twitter feed outside of the organization.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New trend in reading: the immersive experience: built-in video, audio and other interactive features

 Rather than writing another thriller, best-selling author, Jeff Buick decided to give readers an experience. Readers of One Child will be immersed in the story, learning more about characters, their interests, their connection and even their work places.

As the story unfolds, readers of One Child discover rich media content including audio, video and interactive social media allowing readers to interact and experience the book's characters in greater depth:
  • Social media profiles (Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube etc.) have been created for many of the characters as well as websites for the corporations in the book. If you send a character a message (by e-mail, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) they will respond directly to your message.
  • At the end of each chapter, readers are encouraged to discuss the happenings in the book online. A meeting place on Facebook has been created where readers can discuss their findings and chat about where they see the story going.
  • To set the tone, each new day in the story is greeted with a radio broadcast from WKIO News 510 AM, an fictitious online radio station, based in "New York".
  • Topping off the reader's experience are 4 segments of the book that have been dramatized by professional actors and filmed on a set resembling Afghanistan. You can view these video segments as you read the story on your computer or iPad.
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Monday, November 7, 2011

Pew Research Center to study role of public libraries in the digital age

On October 17, the Pew Research Center announced plans to study how the role of public libraries is changing in the digital age and how library patrons’ needs and expectations are shifting. The new research is funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with a 3-year, $1.4 million investment and will be conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Through national surveys, a series of focus groups in a diverse mix of communities, and special surveys of library patrons, the Pew Internet Project will examine how library users’ habits and tastes are changing in the age of e-books, widespread mobile connectivity and the existence of vast digital collections.

The new research will be launched as the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank based in Washington, DC, expands its research on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Web 2.0 Tools for you

Here is my presentation for the Library 2.011 conference titled Web 2.0 Tools For You - A Cybrarian's Guide to Free Resources on the Web and their Practical Application in Libraries and other Work Environments

Click on this link to listen to the recording (scroll to my name Cheryl Peltier-Davis arranged by first name) and click on the recording link)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Library 2.011 Conference November 2-4, 2011

Session Title: Web 2.0 Tools For You - A Cybrarian's Guide to Free Resources on the Web and their Practical Application in Libraries and other Work Environments

Description: Where can I find these Web 2.0 resources? When can I start using these new Web 2.0 technologies? How can I keep up given my busy schedule? These are comments often heard from Cybrarians after they have attended a conference or workshop presentation on Web 2.0 and allied technologies. The answers to these questions and much more will be addressed in this presentation by librarian and self-professed Web 2.0 advocate Cheryl Peltier-Davis. This presentation will highlight free Web 2.0 tools on the Internet, offering in-depth summaries and practical applications of these technologies in libraries and other working environments. Coverage is wide-ranging, catering to the needs of most tech-savvy attendees: creating a book review blog, social bookmarking a reference collection, creating subject specific RSS feeds, developing a policy driven wiki, recording a podcast, creating a tutorial using digital video, attracting fans on a Facebook page or providing regular tweets on upcoming events in the library. Attendees will discover dozens of resources which hitherto have remained hidden, or re-discover tools which they may have used and found helpful. This presentation is guaranteed to be beneficial to librarians and other information professionals wishing to harness the potential of Web 2.0 technologies in providing innovative, value added services at their workplace and keeping up to date with developments in this highly dynamic and fast-moving area.

Date: November 3, 2011

Time: 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Link to View Presentation: (search by first name Cheryl Peltier-Davis)