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Playing in the Sandbox September 29, 2008

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Approximately 20 first and second year students gathered together last Tuesday for an introduction to using wikis for classroom collaboration. In pairs, students explored both pbwiki and wikidot to compare features in both applications. Sample SLAIS Sandbox sites were created in both wiki applications and students practiced modifying the sites by creating pages with links to their favorite restaurants.

The added bonus to becoming familiar with the two wiki tools was that students now know some great restaurants to check out in Vancouver!

This jam packed hour-long session could have used 2 hours while students scrambled to capture the major differences between the two wiki applications using a handout*.

If wikis still feel tricky to you, feel free to come play in our Sandbox!

or http://slaissandbox.pbwiki.com

*Here it is: the ASIS&T Wiki Workshop Handout, filled in by Maureen Bezanson, workshop leader.

If you attended, watch your email for a survey on future workshops — and if you didn’t attend, and you’re interested in future workshops, email us for a survey invite: asist.ubc@gmail.com.

head conference: a green global web conference September 22, 2008

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October 24-26, 2008. Attend from anywhere, via the Web. $99 registration fee through September 30th:


Web design, Microsoft Silverlight, OpenID, Flash, and more … all from any computer in the world, no travel required. (Also, no schwag. But hey, it’s a pretty good deal, and you can say you were “there”. Sort of.)

ACRL 2009 Coming to Seattle September 21, 2008

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The Association of College & Research Libraries is holding its annual conference in Seattle, March 12-15th. The speaker lineup alone is reason enough to attend: rabble-rousing Canadian journalist Naomi Klein; poet, novelist, filmmaker, and humourist Sherman Alexie, and the soft-spoken but dependably funny Ira Glass from NPR’s This American Life.

Preconference sessions plus more than 250 peer-reviewed conference sessions promise an active and interesting conference, especially for technologically-inclined library folk. If you have an idea for something to present, why not propose it? The deadline is October 20th for poster sessions and November 23rd for roundtable discussion proposals — which should dovetail nicely with the end of term. ;\

InMagic Presto – “Social Knowledge Management” September 19, 2008

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Social Knowledge Management from InMagic

Social Knowledge Management from InMagic

InMagic announces Version 2.2 of Presto, an innovative application platform for “integrating ‘topdown’ vetted information with ‘bottom-up’ social knowledge”.

Originally released in April of 2008, Presto’s new version reportedly features many improvements over previous ones.

InMagic calls it “the industry’s first true social knowledge library”.


Want to know more? KMWorld Magazine is presenting a free sponsored Webinar on the product on October 7th, 2008.

More information on the Webinar here.

Pssst … register and attend, and you might win an iPod Nano. (You know you want one.)

Tip of the hat to the Friends Blog.

SLAIS Students: Wiki Workshop – Tuesday 09/23 September 15, 2008

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When: Tuesday, September 23rd
Time: 11:30AM-12:30PM
Where: Terrace Instructional Lab, SLAIS

Top 5 reasons to use a wiki at SLAIS:
5 – Provides a convenient locations for taking notes.
4 – Makes organizing group projects a breeze.
3 – Provides evidence of all your hard work to show to your prof!
2 – Who doesn’t enjoy organizing and re-organizing a website?
1 – Our profession is all about collaboration; wikis are a key tool for online collaboration.
This introductory session will cover the basics of creating a new wiki site (including assigning permissions, updating, and organizing content), as well as looking at different ways to use wikis throughout our studies at SLAIS. We’ll review both PBwiki and Wikidot, and participants will get a chance to create an account and set up a site.

Workshop will be conducted by 2nd year SLAIS student Maureen Bezanson. All SLAIS students are welcome to attend to learn the basics or share their own wiki knowledge. Please RSVP to asist.ubc@gmail.com if planning to attend. Thanks!