Social software in health libraries - CE Course template

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Welcome to the jump-page for the "Using social software in health libraries" course, given at the CHLA/ABSC Conference in Ottawa. Those participating in the course, as well as other health librarians interested, are encouraged to use this page in the future for self-directed learning, and for creating conversations with others.

Overall objectives

This hands-on course is an introduction to blogs and blogging, RSS feeds, wikis and other social software. Participants engage in an interactive dialogue with two facilitators, learn how to use social software in health libraries and share their experiences of using Web 2.0 technologies. The instructors asked participants in a pre-workshop e-mail for feedback about the planned content for the course.

Partipants will be able to use this wiki before, during and after the course.


  1. To introduce social software to participants, and to outline its use in health libraries;
  2. To provide an overview to the major types of social software like blogs, wikis, podcasts, RSS feeds;
  3. To engage learners in a two-way discussion of Web 2.0 technologies using examples;
  4. To begin discourse about the future of social software in health libraries

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. List the major types of social software;
  2. Discuss Web 2.0's impact on library services;
  3. Use blogs, wikis, RSS feeds and other social software to create innovative information delivery;
  4. Determine which social software tools are relevant in your own health library context.

Schedule - Exercises

Here is our schedule for the CE course on Monday May 28th, 2007 in the Computer lab at the Morriset Library, University of Ottawa. Please let us know if you like the overview, or want us to include something not listed or if you prefer a different emphasis.

Location: University of Ottawa - Morriset Library Computer Lab

  • 1:30pm - Introductions

Introduction to... Social software

  • 1:45pm
    • Definitions, history, major trends, Web 2.0
    • Its impact in medicine, and in health libraries

Exercise I

Exercise II


Exercise III

Exercise IV


  • 4:30-5:00pm
    • Small group exercise (15 minutes)
    • The future of social software in health libraries - wrap-up


  1. Barsky E, Giustini D. Introducing Web 2.0: wikis for health librarians. JCHLA/JABSC Fall 2007 28(4): 147-15
  2. Barsky E, Cho A. Introducing Web 2.0: social search for health librarians. JCHLA/JABSC 2007
  3. Barsky E. Introducing Web 2.0: RSS trends for health librarians. JCHLA/JABSC 2006 Winter 27(1):7-8.
  4. Barsky E. Introducing Web 2.0: weblogs and podcasting for health librarians. JCHLA/JABSC 2006 (27): 33-34.
  5. Boulos MNK, Maramba I, Wheeler S. Wikis, blogs and podcasts: a new generation of Web-based tools for virtual collaborative clinical practice and education. BMC Medical Education 2006, 6:41.
  6. Giustini D. How Web 2.0 is changing medicine. BMJ 333(7582): 1283-84.
  7. Giustini D. How Web 2.0 is changing medicine. (Powerpoint presentation)
  8. Kamel Boulos MN, Wheeler S. The emerging Web 2.0 social software: an enabling suite of sociable technologies in health and health care education. Health Info Libr J. 2007 Mar;24(1):2-23.
  9. Keim B. Wikimedia. Nature Medicine (13): 231-233 (2007).
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