Social Networking: I found this article to be very interesting. Right off it grabbed my attention. The article discussed the Virginia Tech mass murder and explained how my space, facebook and other social networking sites put families at ease when wondering how their loved ones were doing. With social networking this is done in real time. The article then went on to success in social networking. I was surprised to learn that wikipedia is a non-profit site and makes no money. When I think of these sites I am always amazed that they sell them to bigger companies for 100's of millions of dollars. The article went on to point out the number of users on these sites, and they are amazing. I am sure they will continue to climb. 217,000,000 my space users!!! Wow!! Finding out that facebook was started by a Harvard student in 2004 was no surprise, but learning that Harvard restricted the site to is students was. Oh how things have changed.
Emerging Technologies Changing Public Library Service Delivery Models: This article did a great job explaining to me Blogs, Wikis, RSS (really simple syndication), podcasts, vodcasts and instant messaging. The article summarizes what these social networking tools are and how to set them up and use them. Somewhat like a tutorial and some background information. The article then provides great ways to use these tools and examples of how many libraries are using them along with links/references to the examples. Easy and great Read.
Always On: This article was the longest and a little hard for me to read or get into. But, it turned out to be real good. Basically it explains how the Neomillennial Students will learn using all the new modern technologies and how these technologies can be incorporated into teaching. It explains how the Neomillennial Student is always connected to the world with their computer, pda, phone, games, etc.. And because of this we must use this in our educational programs. The article goes into great detail on how to do this and how to engage different types of learning. Finally, the article provides us with good examples of how some schools and universities are already doing this. Very informative read.