What is Library 2.0?

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 11:45

Library 2.0 has been a phenomenon that has been under discussion for almost four years. Perheps oddly, perhaps illustratively enough there has been many attempts to present definitions of the term. Most of the definitions so far have been, however, individuals' personal views of that what the 2.0 of library is all about. An article weitten by me together with my colleagues describing a definition based on empirical study of library and information professionals has been published in the Journal of Documentation (Vol 65, Number 4, pp. 668-681).

 

Digital age is social?

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Sat, 05/30/2009 - 16:41

I have enjoyed an intensive week in Croatia participating this year's Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) conference in Dubrovnik and Zadar. Like last time two years ago when I attended the  meeting, it was an excellent combination of interesting papers, surveys of some present issues in digital libraries, library and information issues. My contribution focused on semantic wiki based information repositories with a special reference to documentation of archaeological entities.

Bibtex for Emerald journal articles

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 07:57

Emerald Insight service does not offer many options for exporting article metadata. I am myself using JabRef for bibliography management and it is always helpful if there is an option for downloading or copy-pasting a reference in Bibtex format. The following script does the trick for Emerald by scraping metadata from the article web page.

Google Lively had a friendly atmosphere: preliminary observations from an on-going study

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Thu, 02/19/2009 - 09:37

I am running a survey on the significant aspects of the by now closed Google Lively service at http://survey-3.istohuvila.fi/index.php?sid=11279&lang=en. The preliminary findings indicate that the most highly appreciated aspects of the service were its friendly atmosphere and ease of meeting people from around the world, ease of use and the possibility to build a room without having to purchase anything in the first place.

EduFinland in News

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 09:28

EduFinland, the Finnish Education Island in Second Life, was featured in Helsingin Sanomat, the national daily newspaper in Finland. EduFinland is an effort to bring Finnish educators to one archipelago in Second Life and to foster cooperation and coordination of use, learning and development of Second Life as a tool and environment for education.

Putting work, work roles and tasks together

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 08:23

There is a significant body of information science literature on both tasks and 'work' and how they relate to human information behaviour. It is rather typical that in task based research, work is something broader , but it is seldom described in a very precise way. In work based research, on the other hand, the investigation seldom penetrates to the level of individual tasks and if it does, the references are typically far from being very rigorous.