Friday, October 22, 2010

Practical Applications of Web 2.0 Technology for Law Libraries

I had the privilege today of being the closing speaker at COLAL, the Conference for Ontario Law Associations' Libraries, put together by LibraryCo.

I took the opportunity to try out an alternative presentation software called Prezi. Prezi allows you to put together all the content on one screen, kind of like a mind map, and then set a "path" through the content that the presentation follows as you click through. The application is definitely Web 2.0, based on a web platform, but the paid level allows for a version of the software to be downloaded to the desktop. I just used the free web-based version here. It took a little bit of work to learn how to use Prezi, but once I got the hang of it I had fun putting this together.

The presentation is below. You can either follow the path I used when I spoke, or you can move around and zoom in and out to explore the content I have put here. To view, I strongly suggest clicking on "more" on the bottom right and selecting "full screen". Then you have the chance of clicking through screen by screen, or clicking "more" and then "autoplay".

Note I also promised the group a list of links referred to in this talk and some additional content. It is getting late tonight, and that is going to take a bit of work, so I am going to add the links later. In the meantime, enjoy my prezi!

What do you think of this format? What was I missing in the content? I'd love to hear your take on it!