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By Monnie Nilsson
The Denver Post

In a world that increasingly skips paper in favor of pixels, libraries are reinventing themselves.

They are transforming into community centers and job banks. They are lending electronically and marketing in ways that dare their commercial bookselling counterparts to stay competitive. They’re even offering to let folks come in and play video games.

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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 Sandra Smith. 
Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services  – Dec 2008
Reading to babies, infants and toddlers is one of the most important things families can do with their children to develop their literacy. As a result of this and other evidence, Communities for Children Cranbourne has developed a partnership with the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation in an outreach program that rakes the library’s resources to places where the local community goes, via existing agencies and child friendly facilities.
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by Rob Reid
American Libraries – May 2009

I find myself in front of dozens of family groups each year, entertaining them with stories and songs at libraries, schools, festivals, and literacy programs. I thoroughly enjoy audiences where young children are joined by older siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins, and friends.

This togetherness is in sharp contrast to my first introduction to public library story programs, in the early 1980s. I volunteered at my local library and was told, “Whatever you do, don’t let the parents in!”…

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by Josella Chan
inCite – Jan/Feb 2009

The article discusses the association between information literacy (IL) and public libraries. It is noted that IL is an essential skill for lifelong learning. According to the author, public libraries can play a significant role in the promotion of IL and lifelong learning. However, she argued that having no IL framework and guidelines, public libraries will have a hard time to develop IL education program for the communities they serve. Information on he community IL (CIL) is also offered.

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by Leonie Margaret Rutherford
First Monday – 6 April 2009

The Internet has facilitated the coming together of formerly more separated youth taste cultures, such that literary, screen and graphic fandoms now more readily overlap. Media industries have invested in online strategies which create an ongoing relationship between producers and consumers of entertainment media texts. Using the Internet marketing campaign for Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga as a case study, the paper examines the role of the publishing industry in marketing popular teen literary fiction through online channels in ways that often disguise promotional intent.

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By Calvin Reid
Library Journal- 1 April 2009

For librarians seeking to check out what their patrons’ favorite authors are doing, heading right to the source may be a great way to keep up. One option is through Red Room, a new start-up that aims to connect authors to their fans.

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A Ciber Briefing Paper – Commissioned by the British Library and JISC
11 January 2008

Every librarian and faculty member should read the CIBER briefing paper Information behaviour of the researcher of the future. The report focuses on information seeking behavior of students born after 1993 (the Google Generation).

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