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The ASU Library Channel is the online social networking hub of the ASU real world library located in Arizona, USA. Encouraging online library participation since 2005 (n.d.), ASU examples Library 2.0 underpinned by the 4C’s, or principles of Web 2: collaboration, conversation, community and content curation [INF206 Module 3].
The ASU toolkit includes chat, email, mobile website, worldwide delivery and access, interlibrary loans, and getit@ASU services. Additionally, as a component of the university’s YouTube channel, The Library Minute is a resource of informative clips assisting disperse the message about the services and resources ASU offer.
Of five Library Minute clips viewed whilst researching this post: The Social Connection, Mobile Web, Top 5 resources for online students, Open Access and “A very special library minute: protecting your stuff”, the last clip parallels with the issue of protecting personal online data, not just technological hardware. The choices made about how much we “leave on the table” (Perry, A., n.d.) when collecting a cup of coffee can be as perilous as a stolen notebook or mobile. Forgetting to ‘logout’ of a Facebook, LinkedIn, Delicious or other accessed platform from a computer other than your own (public library, workplace, friend) and not keeping an eye (literally and figuratively) on, for example, Facebook’s evolving privacy settings, increases online identity and information risk and misuse, concluding the importance of users protecting vulnerable “stuff” all the time.
Two Web 2.0 tools offered by ASU are open to scrutiny: Flickr page (2006-2012) and the ASU chat facility. Whilst photographs are regularly uploaded to Flickr (ASU), the associated categories are underutilised and example occupation of empty online spaces (Gleeson, B., 2011). There are no ‘people’ tagged (implying no real people behind the service), no ‘galleries’, no ‘favourites’ and upon opening the ‘map’ navigational buttons are invisible illustrating a less than ideal mash up. Listing just five ‘contacts’ and four ‘groups’, this active Web 2.0 library loses impact across empty Flickr platforms. Additionally, the Web 2.0tools of ‘chat’, is not compatible with Google Chrome; telephone and email contact hours are limited and for a promoted globally accessible librarian service, 24/7 contact-ability is demanded. Together, these test the ability of ASU to fulfil the 4C’s of Web 2.0, in these spaces.
On a constructive note, the Open Access Library Minute unlocks a wiki-style resource availing rapid online dissemination of current, free, unrestricted scholarly research for the curiously and the academically minded. The rigthtoresearch.orgis worth viewing and supporting.
Gleeson, B., (2011). Personal communications.
The Library Minute: Mobile Web. Retrieved fromhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ1ZjStKny0&list=PLCA6A813AA9C9A574&index=7&feature=plpp_video
The Library Minute: Open Access. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO38zHPhNQI&list=PLCA6A813AA9C9A574&index=6&feature=plpp_video
The Library Minute: Protecting your stuff. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7DtLWS5PqQ&list=PLCA6A813AA9C9A574&index=11&feature=plpp_video
The Library Minute: The Social Connection. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohyqXAhLgsM&list=PLCA6A813AA9C9A574&index=4&feature=plpp_video
The Library Minute: Top 5 Resources for online students. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-LnKmDBKME&feature=autoplay&list=PLCA6A813AA9C9A574&lf=plpp_video&playnext=1