Family & Alumni Weekend: The 125th Anniversary

The 21st Century Library


The library then and now:
  • Learn how students research more efficiently today using online books and journals
  • Learn how the library is using new Web 2.0 technologies to support research and learning
  • Ask any questions about library services

What is different?

  • Then: journals were found using paper indexes; Now: the library subscribes to numerous databases that have fulltext online access.  Here is one of our basic databases Academic Search Premier.  Try a search on Prohibition and History. Here is what the library holds for the New Yorker magazine.  Students may find themselves looking at micro, print or online depending on the publication date.
  • Then: older newspapers and journals were either bound or on microfilm; Now: although we still use microfilm readers, more historical sources are available online.  Here is the Historic New York Times. Try a search for: ("rudolph valentino") AND (prettiest)
  • Then: you would have to visit a research library to see certain older books; Now: Google Books has digitized books outside of copyright. They've recently added LIFE magazine.  Here is a search result for full text materials with the keyword jazz in the interwar years.

The Library in the Web 2.0 World

Why does the library adapt Web 2.0 technology to adapt to the new participatory culture? Why: to stay relevant and to market and develop services that appeal to students.   Here is how:
  • Ask a Librarian  is our reference service page. Students can contact us via email, phone, chat or text messaging.
  • Talkback is where you can ask a question or make a suggestion about library services.       
  • Facebook  Students can receive alerts about jobs and other library news.
  • Twitter  This account is linked to the library news posted to facebook.
  • YouTube and Vimeo There are a variety of informational videos about the library, how to research, and on campus history.
  • Digital Bulletin Board   This electronic board hangs above the interior entry of the library. We're currently featuring photographs from our archives (the C. Hadley Smith collection of Ithaca College).   Take a look before you leave!
  • Digital Media Lab.  The Digital Media Lab, a generous gift from the Class of 2011, contains four iMacs loaded with audio, video, and design software
  • Hardware and Software.  This fall, the library added ciruclating iPads and SONY bloggies to the collection.
  • myHome@ithaca  Set up RSS feeds to favorite news sources – including my blog!
  • YouTube
  • iTunes U (requires an I.C. email to login)  The library has posted segments from our Archives’s Oral History Project (interviews with retired faculty and administrators). You can stream the audio directly from our Archives page, too.

IC Campus Center: then &now

This video was created using the library's archives as part of the IC Stories project.

Contact Us

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Bridget Bower

College Archivist
(607) 274-3096
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Cathy Michael

Communications Librarian
(607) 274-1293

Booked for the 20s (I.C. '74)

What is Participatory Culture?

“A participatory culture is a culture with relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations, and some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices. A participatory culture is also one in which members believe their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social connection with one another “
 Four types:
  •  Affiliations: Facebook, Friendster, MySpace
  •  Expressions: videos, zines, mash-ups
  •  Collaborative problem solving: Wikipedia
  •  Circulations: flow of media: podcasts & blogs
Jenkins, H., & John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. (2006). Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture Media Education for the 21st Century. Chicago: MacArthur Foundation.

New Librarianship: participation

Dr. David Lankes (Syracuse University, School of Information Studies) discusses old and new models of librarianship.   An article in the publication Information Today by Kathy Dempsey describes his advice, "So, Lankes concluded, the new promise...was participation. If librarians change their model from hoarding and safeguarding information to proactively helping citizens chase their dreams, then they’ll continue to be relevant and useful, even sought after, as the world turns."

What is Web 2.0?

“Web 2.0 is the term given to describe a second generation of the World Wide Web that is focused on the ability for people to collaborate and share information online. Web 2.0 basically refers to the transition from static HTML Web pages to a more dynamic Web that is more organized and is based on serving Web applications to users. Other improved functionality of Web 2.0 includes open communication with an emphasis on Web-based communities of users, and more open sharing of information. Over time Web 2.0 has been used more as a marketing term than a computer-science-based term. Blogs, wikis, and Web services are all seen as components of Web 2.0.”

Key: focused on the ability for people to collaborate and share information online

What is Web 2.0? - A Word Definition From the Webopedia Computer Dictionary. (n.d.). Retrieved November 4, 2009, from