Category Archives: Social Software & Sites

Call for Papers: Internet Reference Services Quarterly

Internet Reference Services Quarterly, a refereed journal published by The Haworth Press Inc., invites proposals for a special issue focusing on social software and libraries. The issue (12/3) will tentatively be published in Winter 2007, edited by Michael Stephens, Instructor, Dominican University and blogger at

We hope the issue will cover a wide range of topics pertaining to implementations and uses of various Web 2.0 tools in library settings of all types. For the purposes of this issue, social software or Web 2.0 will be defined as the next incarnation of the World Wide Web, where digital tools allow users to create, change, and publish dynamic content of all kinds. Other Web 2.0 tools syndicate and aggregate this content. Some of these Web applications include RSS, Weblogs, wikis, tagging, bookmarking, IM, social networking sites, etc.

• Implementations of the various tools in libraries
• Issues related to implementation or use of the tools
• Information literacy issues related to Web 2.0
• Instruction of these tools to various groups
• Utilization of Web 2.0 at the Reference Desk
• Usability studies
• Assessment of the technologies
• Studies of how widespread the phenomenon is, etc.

Theory-based manuscripts and case studies are acceptable. While the editors expect the issue to center around social software in academic libraries, manuscripts are also welcomed from other libraries (public, state, special) or consortia which have implemented such technologies. Additional manuscripts may be independently solicited.

Proposals of no more than two (2) pages should be submitted to Michael Stephens at mstephens7 (at) no later than August 1, 2006. Other dates:

First drafts by November 1, 2006
Final drafts by Feb 1, 2007

For more information about Internet Reference Services Quarterly, please visit . For any questions related to this announcement please contact the editor of this issue, Michael Stephens, via e-mail or at:

Michael Stephens
Dominican University GSLIS
7900 W. Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305

Michael’s Facebook

My Facebook Account

Via LibraryGarden:

As a librarian and professor, I joined Facebook last year when I found out that the students in my public speaking class were communicating with each other via that tool, instead of our university’s email system. It was amazing how much more open and willing the students were to sharing information about each other and their individual and group projects in our class, via Facebook. They were thrilled that I was willing to join Facebook, and they loved that I used it to find out and celebrate their birthdays, for instance, as they came up during the semester.

I read this and got inspired. So I grabbed an account at facebook via Dominican and found one of my students. I added her. We’ll see how this goes.

More Useful Links for the OPAL Talk

UPDATE: What a great time that was! Thanks to all at OPAL!!

Here’s the presentation.

Here are some extra links as resources:



Open Source Software at TechEssence

ALA on DRM & DRM Guide for Librarians

Librarians Who IM

Future of Music

Using Bloglines!

The Internet is Entering its LEGO era

Libraries with MySpace accounts

Tennant and Pace on the Future of Catalogues from Panlibus

Rainie on Millennials from SELCO

iPods in Action at Georgia College and State University

Using Evidence to Support our Libraries from Stephen Abram

OCLC Perceptions

Branded, ‘Casted and Wiki’ed: Some Good News from Here and There

Lots of interesting Web 2.0 bits in my aggregator this morning, as I prepare to sign on the dotted line for a condominium in Oak Park, Illinois! (I may faint when I sign…)


Greg Schwartz reports on a library branded podcatcher! This is important on many levels: the library sees the need to use a Web 2.0 tool but also gets the importance of branding the service. Go Lansing PL! I think Illinois Libraries ROCK!

Have you branded your L2/Web 2.0 services for your library? Is the wiki/blog/IM presence linked to the linbrary and its online look and feel? (And don’t forget to brand your places and spaces as well!)

Rachel Gordon reports that the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia is producing webcasts! (I originally wrote podcasts! — see Greg Schwartz comment! oops!)This is huge and other LIS schools may want to ewatch this project closely. Again, many levels of importance: the LIS school that podcasts/webcasts will certainly be preparing students for jobs like this and it certainly is a great promotion tool for lecture series, notable news and more as well as a recruitment tool!

In a similar example, Emily from my LIS753 reports on the GSLIS Wiki run by library students at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign!


Hathaway, also in my LIS753 at Dominican, reports on wikis and the use of a wiki for a librarian/patron created short story at Coralville Public Library.

Preserving Our Rights in the Mashosphere

One are Jenny and I discuss in the Roadshow is content. Generation C, the young folks growing up with the knowl;edge, tools and desire to create, remix and mash up stuff, will figure into future library services in ways we haven’t even pondered yet.

Add this piece in to the mix:

“Preserving Our Rights in the Mashosphere” by Michael Calore covers some fascinating ground.

The driving philosophy behind mashups and other Web 2.0 technologies is that data should be open, exposed, and sharable. This so-called “Right to Remix” doesn’t mean that people should be required to give up their rights to their own intellectual property, but it does mean that people have to be willing to share in order for development to continue along its current arc of progression. A central goal of mashup development should be to find and maintain a balance — keep the fluid output of ideas but be mindful of the rights of the living, breathing beings who provide the source data.