Adam WrightNorth Texas Regional Library System817firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.allthingsweb2.com/. This directory is the one I use when searching for Web 2.0 sites.Programmableweb is another directory of Web 2.0 tools. What makes this directory unique is that it breaks the tools down by API and Mashups. If you are interested in finding out what APIs are available, this site is the place to visit. Google Gadgets contains over 1200 mashups. The website claims that anyone, even without technical knowledge, can take advantage of these gadgets. You find the gadget you want, use the wizard to generate the code and then place the code within your website HTML and you have a gadget on your website. This website allows you to create and store podcasts. Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio programs or music videos, over the Internet using either the RSS or Atom syndication formats, for playback on mobile devices and personal computers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcasting). One application is that you record a monthly podcast for your community and then make this available to your community through your librarys website. You can create the podcast using ClickCaster and then make a link available to it on your librarys website. Patrons could also subscribe to your Podcast feed which would synch up their Media Player (Itunes, Windows Media Player) with your podcasts. Jamendo is just one example of a online music site. Jamendo is unique because it features new artists and gives them an opportunity to distribute their music legally. Here is what they say about themselves.
jamendo is a new model for artists to promote, publish, and be paid for their music. On jamendo, the artists distribute their music under Creative Commons licenses. In a nutshell, they allow you to download, remix and share their music freely. It's a "Some rights reserved" agreement, perfectly suited for the new century. You can place album covers on your website through a RSS newsfeed. It is done through a wizard on their website and they provide the instructions on how to install the feed on your website. They have also allow developers access to their data through their Application Programming Interface (API). A library could provide its website users with a listing album covers to introduce them to new music. A great way to get teens interested in your website. Meebo is a tool people can use to Instant Message with others. What is unique about a service like Meebo is that you can use it to IM without having the proprietary IM software. In other words, if you want to IM via Live Microsoft, you can use meebo to do it rather than having to use the MSN desktop client. Meebo also released meembome (http://www.meebome.com) in August 2006 which allows you to build a website IM widget for your website. You can go through their wizard to create the widget which would reside on your website and allow your patrons to chat with you. Here is what they say about the widget.
meebo me is designed for anyone with a home on the web. If you've got a web page where you'd like to communicate with your visitors, meebo me allows you to see the people who are visiting your web page and chat with them! CollectiveX is a website where you can build your own Online Social Networking Site (SNS) at no cost. Collective X will host the SNS for you library. You can set up one for your patrons to assist your library in building an online community with them. Here is what they say about themselves:
CollectiveX is a web-based service that enables members of organized groups such as alumni associations, non-profits, membership and social groups to maximize return on involvement through private, secure communication and social networking.CollectiveX was designed with simplicity and ease-of-use in mind. Features include: member profiles with objectives and key connections, group calendars, discussions, email blasts and file sharing.
Once you have created your SNS, you can place a link on your website and invite your patrons to sign up.
Blogging: daily blog postingThis experimental feature can automatically post entries to your blog every day containing your latest del.icio.us links. It supports Movable Type, Typepad, Wordpress, and other kinds of blog software.
Placing links in delicious everyday would then be placed on your blog. Very handy!!! Diigo is delicious on steriods. It is a social bookmarking site that also allows you to comment on all your favorites and even leave sticky notes on websites. You can integrate your work on Diigo with your website by using the Blog this site feature. Once you select this option, you can blog about any site in your bookmarks and it will appear directly on your blog. Tezaa is a online polling community. People can vote on everything on this website. They claim to be the opinion engine of the web. You can add polls directly to your website so your patrons can vote. You can put random polls on it or search for polls by keyword. I advise the keyword search as you can never guarantee what will show up with the random poll. Nuvvo is a site where you can build online courses and offer them to your patrons. There doesnt appear to be a way to integrate the site into your website directly, but you can create links on your library website to the courses you create. If you provide training at your library, this could add another level of service. It is free for personal memberships. Thinkfree is a website that offers free online office tools. The tools currently offered include a word processor, spreadsheet software and presentation software. This is a neat service to offer to your patrons through your website. Just add a link to it and tell them to use this site to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations. In this way, they will not have to worry about storing it because you get 1 gig of space free. They also have a neat tool for users. It allows you to post documents, spreadsheets and presentations directly to your blog. Bunchball allows you to place games on your website for your patrons to play. What a great way to connect to your patrons.
Widgets are Flash applications that users can get here and put into their own web pages, profile pages and blogs. Widgets enable page visitors to interact with the page owner and with each other in new and interesting ways, rather than just being able to read and maybe leave a comment. Widgets usually allow for people to interact in ways that don't require waiting for someone else to do something. Examples include competing for a high score, making a remix and saving it, or answering the question of the day. Widgets that you deploy on Bunchball are made available to users instantly. FeedDigest allows you to seamlessly place several RSS newsfeeds on your website for your patrons. In other words, you can take three RSS newsfeeds, use their tool to combine them in one format and place the combination on your website. For a good example of this, go to Library Technology NOW. Box.net gives your users the ability to store up to 1 GB of data for free. It would take some work by a talented developer, but you could build an application to reside on your website for patrons t...