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by Sadanand Bansode, N.B. Dahibhate, and Kishore Ingale. ”
Library Philosophy and Practice – March 2009

The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has had a profound impact on library and information science. Advances in ICTs have allowed traditional LIS methods to be replaced by the newer, faster, and more accurate ways of transmitting information. Library automation, database development, networking of libraries, Internet and intranet applications in LIS, consortium-based benefits, and so on, have benefited librarians and library users for a number of years, making the work of libraries easier and more user-based. Web 2.0 applications are carrying these trends further. Blogs, for example, are now widely used in libraries (Davison-Turley, 2005). Blogs are more powerful with the help of tools like RSS.

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by Melissa L. Rethlefsen
netConnect – 15 July 2009

With the launch of ALA Connect in April 2009 (, social networking sites have regained prominence in the library community. Unlike Facebook and MySpace, which are primarily used for library marketing and personal communication, the new breed of social networking site is designed to make professional life easier and more collaborative. ALA Connect is a prime example of this new direction in social networking.

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by Robin Hastings
Library Technology Reports  – May-June 2009

Some information technology managers and administrators are blocking access to social networks like Facebook or MySpace or to social tools like blogs because of fears that their staff will spend too much time updating their profiles and commenting and not enough time working. The purpose of this report is to give library managers the tools they need to encourage collaborative work both within and outside of their organizations and to make the case that social networking tools, when used efficiently by a library, are more of a boon to productivity than a drain on it. In this report, readers will also find hard data and concrete proposals that will save money and time in just about any collaborative effort library staff might decide to undertake. Even if a given library is not presently engaged in collaborative work, the activities that staff members do on a day-to-day basis can be improved by using collaborative platforms like Google Docs, a wiki, or an internal blog to facilitate communication.

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After one-year on Twitter, a library web master offers five “tweet” strategies to reach out to patrons, promote materials and events, and find new users.

Libraries have always been about books, but what is it about books that you’re there for? Essentially information and/or entertainment. The library does this while functioning as something of a community center. Twitter enables the library to reach people on all those levels and do so much easier, cheaper and more regularly than ever before.

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By Laura Carscaddon & Colleen S. Harris
Library Journal – 15 June 2009

Let these social networking services do the filtering for you

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by Sheryl Butterfield – 27 June 2009

YA Central is Penguin publishers’ new online endeavor to attract teen readers. The network offers book information and entertainment specifically for teens. The site is being marketed to schools, libraries and parenting Web sites and blogs. Penguin, like other publishers in the industry, is experimenting with the latest online trends to reach a young adult market. New formats are especially important when seeking to connect books and new technologies.

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by Wendy Macaskill and Dylan Owen
Proceedings LIANZA Conference 2006

This paper gives a brief guide and overview of Web 2.0, a concept that loosely covers a recent intersection of Web technologies, content and communities.

Web 2.0 describes a range of increasingly popular web services that offer users dynamic interactive models of communication combined with the ability to create and share content. This collaborative environment has sparked new levels of interest and discussion around the future of the Web.

Some Web 2.0 applications can be seen as communally constructed virtual libraries and as a profession, librarians have been quick to seize on the potential of Web 2.0 to deliver services incorporating greater models of patron interaction and collaboration–sometimes referred to as Library 2.0.

This paper outlines a number of popular Web 2.0 sites, and also touches on local and international examples of libraries incorporating Library 2.0 tools into their services.

Finally the authors briefly examine the term Semantic Web and its impact on the future of web based services.

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by Peter Godwin
ITALICS – eLIT 2006 Special Issue

Internet generation students do not view the Library as the natural place to undertake their learning or research. This generation believes it knows how to search by typing words into Google, and can find our tuition patronizing. These amateur searchers are now using Web 2.0 tools like MySpace to create web content. The trend toward user-driven content will grow with the use of blogging and other Web 2.0 tools. Students can derive educational benefits from use of social networking, blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, tagging, folksonomies, podcasts, instant messaging and mashups. Library staff can take the initiative in acquiring knowledge of these tools, assisting academic staff and working collaboratively to use the new tools with them in the curriculum, particularly with delivery of information literacy. However, the need for guidance on how to use keywords, and more crucially, the ethical use and evaluation of material remains.

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by  Jack M. Maness
Webology – June, 2006

This article posits a definition and theory for “Library 2.0”. It suggests that recent thinking describing the changing Web as “Web 2.0” will have substantial implications for libraries, and recognizes that while these implications keep very close to the history and mission of libraries, they still necessitate a new paradigm for librarianship. The paper applies the theory and definition to the practice of librarianship, specifically addressing how Web 2.0 technologies such as synchronous messaging and streaming media, blogs, wikis, social networks, tagging, RSS feeds, and mashups might intimate changes in how libraries provide access to their collections and user support for that access.

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by Amanda Broomhall
Step Two Designs – 23 March 2009

Organisations are rushing to jump on board the web 2.0 bandwagon, which seem to offer a collection of affordable tools to collaborate and share knowledge. While many organisations are currently experimenting with social media tools, strong successes are still relatively rare.

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