My name is Carmen Kazakoff-Lane. I am a Distance Education and Inter-Library Loans Librarian at Brandon University (Canada).
I am long time advocate of increased inter-institutional collaboration/cooperation among libraries. I have been involved in library consortia activities in western Canada. In 2004 I became a member of what would become the ANimated Tutorial Sharing Project’s Development and Working Group, and in 2006 became ANTS Project Coordinator.
I also believe that collaboration is more important than ever as changes in technology, higher education, student demographics, information, and society means that libraries – struggling with limited resources - need to work together if we are to offer our users the types of 24/7, Point of Need, Library 2.0 services that will position us as leaders in the Age of Information.
I found that my interests in collaboration, technology, multimedia, information litercy, distributed learning, open access and open source all have converged in my work with ANTS. It is a fascinating project that has benefited from Open Source, Social Software, and Creative Commons Licensing so that librarians – across institutions – can come together, share their work, and easily learn what work is taking place across institutions.
More recently, my work in ANTS has led me to become a vocal advocate for Open Educational Resources. Much as Librarians have advocated for Open Access, there is a need for us to be cognizant of the need to make our Learning Objects Openly available. ANTS is such a project as our project enables people to share and adapt files - as per our Creative Commons License. Because we also rely on large numbers of volutneer contributors, we believe that ANTS is a sustainble OER project that will enable librarians to develop - and maintain the currency of - large number of multimedia learning objects.
For anyone curious to learn more about how ANTS facilitates sharing and why it is important to libraries, see:
Kazakoff-Lane, Carmen. (June 2006) ANTS: ANimated Tutorial Sharing Project. Feliciter. Vol. 52, No. 3. p. 109-110
Kazakoff-Lane, Carmen. (2007). Providing Innovative Services to "Our Users" in the World of Web 2.0: The ANTS Initiative. Proceedings of the 13th National ACRL Conference. Baltimore, MD. 70-78
Kazakoff-Lane, C and P. Betty. (2009) “Doing it Right: Collaboration, Shared Workspaces, Syndication and Broadcasting at the ANimated Tutorial Sharing Project” In: Proceedings of the LOEX 2009 Annual Conference: Blazing Trails: On the Path Towards Information Literacy. LOEX
Kazakoff-Lane, C. (2010) “Anything, Anywhere, Anytime: The Promise of the Animated Tutorial Sharing Project for Online and Mobile Information Literacy.” In: T. Peters and J. Rundels (Eds.) The Fourteenth Off-Campus Library Services Proceedings (pp. 285-300) Mount Pleasant, Michigan: Central Michigan University This article is also forthcoming in the Journal of Library Adminstration in late 2010.
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