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by Amy Heap and Bob Pymm. 
The Australian Library Journal  – Feb 2009
The coming of the Web and the ease with which on-line history projects can be established has seen a wave of popular history websites that encourage personal reflections on an organisation or event from anyone with an opinion. This paper looks at one such project, established by Wagga Wagga City Library, to record memories of Radio Station 2WG’s Women’s Club which flourished in the Riverina area from the 1930s to the early 1960s, providing a valuable information and entertainment resource to this rural and regional community.
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How to embed almost anything in your HTML web pages from Flash videos to Spreadsheets to high resolution photographs to static images from Google Maps and more.

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by Janet L. Ballas
Computers in Libraries – October 2005

This article discusses information resources on usability evaluation of library Web sites. A well-known guru of usability is Jakob Nielsen. His Web site is a must-visit for anyone interested in learning about this topic. Nielsen’s regular column on the subject, Alertbox, is available on the site along with complete archives from 1995 to 2005. Visitors can sign up for an e-mail newsletter announcing the latest column. A series of reports and separate usability guidelines from the Nielsen Norman Group, which are available for purchase, are listed in the site’s permanent content section. There are reports containing design guidelines for special groups including children, teens, senior citizens, and those with disabilities. There are also reports on tips for improving user testing and recruiting test participants. The news section has links to usability events and recent articles.

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by Andrew Spencer and Corrinne Hughan
Paper from ALIA Beyond the Web 2.0 Hype Symposium 2008

Generally, one of the most commonly used Web 2.0 technologies in libraries is the podcast. It is seen to be a low-cost and convenient way of providing information about the library, and as a tool with which library clients will readily interact.

Based on discussions with libraries that have introduced podcasts, and the literature, we explored the realities of using podcasts in the library. The planning process utilised by these “early adopters” is examined and critically evaluated. The benefits of podcasts are also discussed.

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by Kelly McKeon and Ellen Thompson
Australian Library Journal – 1 November 2008

The Arts Libraries Society of Australia and New Zealand (Arlis/ANZ) recently implemented a new web presence. More than just a website, it was envisaged as a web ‘identity’, a virtual clubhouse where the Society could conduct its ‘virtual business’ and where members could ‘meet’ and contribute to the activities of their Society, free from physical and technical barriers. This paper concentrates on the initial stage in the project: the real-world learning collaboration with three student design teams; the Web 2.0 technologies and approach which enabled us to manage the project effectively; and how the project modeled the vision for the Web 2.0 look, feel and attitude of the final site. The site is newly implemented, and is still in its infancy. Evaluation of the success of the Web 2.0 approach will be the focus of the next stages of the project. So while this paper does not provide an evaluation per se, we reflect upon the next phase of actively engaging members, and measuring the success of the site against our vision of an ‘Arlis/ANZ 2.0.’

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by Mary Burkey
Book Links – 1 November 2008

The article focuses on the significance of digital media to public libraries in the U.S. According to the author, librarians are the outposts as new digital methods of communication develop or reinventing themselves as portals which offer services to the community members who might not avail in the physical facility. She also shared her experience at the conference hosted by the OverDrive Media where several library digital pioneers shared there best practices.

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by Peter Konshak
Computers in Libraries – 1 January 2009

Text messaging is an ideal communications method for libraries, which often want to send short, concise messages to their patrons near and far. Uses for text messaging in libraries include reminders about items’ due dates, hold pickup notices, program reminders, and even short messages of content. Some libraries are already using text messaging for reference functions, and others are integrating and experimenting with notices and other possibilities.

A brief explanation of the technology will be followed by several examples of how text messaging has been integrated into the Carmel Clay Public Library, where I serve as computer technology services manager.

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by Leith Robinson
Australian Library Journal – 1 February 2007

User involvement in information services is a contentious issue. This article explores the participation of patrons in libraries, archives and records centres. It reviews the causes of this change, and discusses the consequences for the information profession. The article notes the constants in information environments, and concludes by suggesting that the opposing sides reach a compromise in order for industry survival.

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by Michelle McLean,
Australian Library Journal – 1 November 2008

Public library services, particularly in the USA, have successfully and imaginatively implemented Web 2.0 tools in a variety of ways. These include improving access to content for library users, opening up dialogue with them, and showing them more about what their library can do for them. This article describes how some of these libraries have used the tools for their virtual services, a discovery made during a study tour in 2007, and how they have progressed into 2008 with the same services.

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by Michael Casey & Michael Stephens
Library Journal – 15 November 2008

We recently presented a workshop in London at Internet Librarian International, based on our writings here, and realized that throughout the columns we’ve identified a set of mile markers for the journey toward transparency.

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