Monday, March 3, 2008

Web Technologies Survey in your email

The web technologies survey I mentioned has just been sent out on the library faculty list-serv. Just in case you aren't on this list-serv, I am going to include the "survey" here (it's less a survey than a call for free-flowing stream of consciousness feedback, I _promise_ so please don't just chuck it in the delete pile because I've mentioned the dreaded S word... ;) . Feel free to either comment back with our replies, of email them to me, Robert Slater ( ). By the way, there were 2 mistakes in the version I emailed out (corrected below): (1) I'd like to have these returned to me by this Friday, _March_ (not February) 7 if possible. However, if any of you can time travel and get it to me last month (without rending the fabric of space time now or creating any paradoxes...) that would be awesome, and (2) the library blogging software is (and always has been) Movable Type, not WordPress (okay, begin the pillorying).

The Office of Web Technologies and Content Coordination is collecting information about web technologies that are being used around our libraries (which will all be posted on the Web Tech site). A major focus of the survey is on Social Software, which we will use to prepare our answers for the ARL SPEC Survey on Social Software in Libraries, but we also want to cast a broader net than that and provide a comprehensive view of any web technologies beyond the "plain vanilla" variety that you are using (or planning to use) in your libraries. Although we do need specific answers for the ARL survey questions (below), don't hesitate to tell us about any cool web related technologies you are using or projects you are planning. If at all possible, please email your responses to Robert Slater ( by this Friday, March 7. You need not provide information about all the technologies listed below, just the ones you are using or are planning on using. When possible, please let us know when you first started (or plan to start) using the software/service (you need not be exact, the year would be sufficient), if you are no longer using it then when (and why) you stopped, what you are/were using it for and, if possible, the URL of a page using the technology.

Social networking sites (like MySpace or Facebook)

Media sharing sites (like YouTube or Flickr)

Social bookmarking or tagging sites (like and LibraryThing)

Wikis (Wikipedia, Library Success, pbwiki, libGuides, etc)

Blogs (like LiveJournal, Blogger, and our library Movable Type blogs)

RSS (From any service or medium, including blogs, twitter, etc to either gather other sites feeds into your own pages, or to publish your own news, events, podcasts, etc)

Instant messenger services (like AIM, googleTalk, for either connecting with patrons or for interoffice communication)

VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol like voice chat on AIM, Google Talk, Skype)

Virtual Worlds (like Second Life, World of Warcraft, etc)

Web Widgets/Objects/Embeds that can be embedded into your web pages (like MeeboMe or Plugoo for adding chat functionality to your web site, but this can be any type of widget, not just IM widgets)

Thank you very much for your time and assistance!