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#1 Hello Web 2.0 and Library 2.0!

2009 August 1
by naomi

You’ve probably heard both of these terms so this first two-stepping method might either reinforce or expand your knowledge of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0.

First, the basic principle behind Web 2.0: interactivity, or the “social Web”. Wikipedia defines Web 2.0 as “a second generation of web development and design which facilitates communication, secure information sharing, interoperability, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. Web 2.0 concepts have led to the development and evolution of web-based communities, hosted services, and applications such as social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashup and folksonomies.”

Library 2.0 is term used to describe a new set of concepts for developing and delivering library services. The name, as you may guess, is an extension of Web2.0 and shares many of its same philosophies and concepts including harnessing the user in both design and implementation of services, embracing constant change as a development cycle over the traditional notion of upgrades, and reworking library services to meet the users in their space, as opposed to ours (libraries).

Many have argued that the notion of Library 2.0 is more than just a term used to describe concepts that merely revolve around the use of technology; it is also a term that can be used to describe both physical and mindset changes that are occurring within libraries to make our spaces and services more user-centric and inviting. Others within the profession have asserted that libraries have always been 2.0: collaborative, customer friendly and welcoming. But no matter which side of the debate proponents fall, both sides agree that libraries of tomorrow, even five or ten years from now, will look substantially different from libraries today.

Discovery Exercise:

  1. First, please view and/or read the following videos and articles. They will provide you with some good, solid information on Web 2.0 and Library 2.0. **Note that for the articles, you probably need to use your librarian searching skills and retrieve them from a scholarly database such as Academic Search Complete:
    • Video: Stephen Abram launches Murdoch University’s 23 Things. (Stephen is Vice President of Innovation at Sirsi-Dynix.)
    • Article: Abram, Stephen. “Social Libraries.” Library Resources & Technical Services 52.2 (Apr. 2008): 19-22.
    • Video: The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version) by Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University.
    • Optional but very good article: Evans, Beth. “Library 2.0: The Consumer as Producer.” Information Today 25.9 (Oct. 2008): 1-53.
  2. Next, think about what you have read and seen. What are your thoughts regarding Web 2.0 and Library 2.0? What do the terms mean to you? To your library? Or libraries in general?
  3. Write down these thoughts and save them for Method 2. (In Method 2, you will create a blog and your first blog entry will consist of what you have written in response to this exercise. So, when you compose your thoughts in this exercise, it might save you time if you type them and save them in some sort of electronic format, like a Word document, so you can copy and paste them directly into your blog in Method 2.)


Finished learning this Two-Stepping Method? When you’re ready, move on to Method 2.

19 Responses leave one →
  1. Denice McGregor permalink
    September 9, 2009

    I am not yet familiar with how to use all of the newest technology and am excited to be able to learning about it.

  2. September 15, 2009

    Thank you for providing this service. If we are to remain relevant as librarians we must have more than a passing familiarity with Web 2.0

  3. Victoria Lynn Packrd permalink
    September 16, 2009

    So many new ideas & technology to learn. How exciting!
    Thank you for offering this program.

  4. Ellen Johnson permalink
    September 23, 2009

    Thank you for offering the texas two step. This is an exciting opportunity for librarians!

  5. September 23, 2009

    I’ve never have wanted to do any online classes, but I think this will be a lot of fun and full of learning opportunities. There are a lot of terms and formats that I have never taken the opportunity to explore. Thank you for this program.

  6. October 12, 2009

    I am joining the Team!

    Here is another powerful video entitled A Vision of Student Today.

  7. Juanita Hazelton permalink
    October 15, 2009

    Thanks for the opportunity for my staff and for me to learn and practice this new technology.

  8. Juanita Hazelton permalink
    October 15, 2009

    Julee, thanks for posting the site for the video. I was very impressed with it! And glad to know about Teacher Tube!

  9. Lynn Kostel permalink
    November 1, 2009

    If this this first module is a precurser to what is to come, I am very excited to see where my mind will be and what I will be doing with the new information I attain.

  10. Demetria Williams permalink
    November 16, 2009

    I like this program. I found the articles and the videos to be very informative and knowledgeable.

  11. Mary permalink
    December 2, 2009

    This too is a learning experience for me. Right now I am overwhelmed and feeling a bit intimidated. Hopefully I will overcome these feelings by step 12.

  12. Demetria Williams permalink
    December 13, 2009

    After reading the articles and viewing both videos, I realized that as a librarian, I need to familiarize, know and understand the Web 2.0 explosion and how this will impact my job now and in the future.

  13. Susan permalink
    January 18, 2010

    I am filled with excitement and apprehension as I embark on learning these new ideas and technologies. Great introduction.

  14. Beverly Herriage permalink
    January 19, 2010

    Web 2.0 – oh my! Changes, changes, changes! It will be great to learn so many new ways to share information with libraries all over the world.

  15. Suzanne permalink
    February 21, 2010

    I’ve been experimenting with some of these new technologies. Excited about using them and learning how to implement them into library services.

  16. March 6, 2010

    There is no doubt that libraries will look substantially different from libraries today. It is essential that we are familiar with all the new technology so we can serve our user better and faster.

  17. Martha permalink
    January 28, 2011

    Thank you for offering this program! Very excited about it!

  18. naomi permalink
    June 22, 2011

    I’m sorry you’re not able to do this at your library. Perhaps you could make a case to your Administrators to temporarily allow access to these sites so that you can complete this important learning program and then listen to any of the audio components of this program at home? Or, perhaps you could receive permission to complete this at home and receive work time for it? I hope you are able to figure out a way to participate — it IS a very beneficial program!

  19. Albert Chambers permalink
    August 3, 2011

    I have been using (or experimenting with) most of the tools and concepts mentioned here – at home and on my own time. I haven’t been using them in the library workplace. I’m not that stupid!
    My city and my library have policies in place that forbid chats, blogs, social networking in general, accessing or creating news pages, using YouTube, or even photo gallery sites.
    If caught using them during working hours I would at least be written up. More likely, I would be fired.
    To say the least, this little exercise is making me a bit nervous!

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