Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Library 2.0 and what it is......lets keep this brief

What is library 2.0? Just an update of a library with a VDU screen?

Well, not quite. Let me explain in more detail.
Library 2.0 comes from the idea instigated by Tim O’Reilly. O’Reilly has a wonderful article dealing with this on his own site, entitles What is web 2.0. Web 2.0 is described as:-
‘Generally refers to a second generation of services available on the World Wide Web that lets people collaborate and share information online. In contrast to the first generation, Web 2.0 gives users an experience closer to desktop applications than the traditional static Web pages… They often allow for mass publishing (web-based social software). The term may include blogs and wikis. To some extent Web 2.0 is a buzzword, incorporating whatever is newly popular on the Web (such as tags and podcasts), and its meaning is still in flux.’

Or so says WIKIPEDIA. Website that web 2.0 are based around are flickr and Delicious (both social book marking sites for photo’s and websites respectively).

So, what is library 2.0? Library 2.0 is a model for library service that reflects a transition within the library world in the way that services are delivered to library users.

Library 2.0 as I see it, is to empower users. Using Podcast for e-books for example. Using Blogs for reading groups. Using libraries for what they should be used for…To bring about divergent groups together. At the moment there is a load of stuff on library 2.0. Which I’ll discuss or debate. But for know here’s some library 2.0 links for you.
Libraries and the Long Tail
the new library - can it provide new technology-based services

11 reasons why Library 2.0 exists and matters

The new Divide between libraries and librarians
The Digital Natives don't think like us
Library 2.0 Movement Sees Benefits in Collaboration with Patrons
Do Libraries Matter: On Library & Librarian 2.0
Introducing the Library 2.0 Gang

These are just a few. If you want more check my Delicous account

Anyhow, will write more on this subject soon.

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