Web 2.0 for Libraries


At the first time I heard Library 2.0 I was wondering how web 2.0 tools can be used in the libraries. Then I researched a lot to find out how we can use web 2.0 tools in libraries and what libraries at the moment are using web 2.0 tools. And I was able to find many tools that can be used and also in use in the libraries these days.

According to Michael Casey (2007), Ann Abor District library web page was selected by the American Library Association as the best website in the nation for libraries with budget of $60,000,000.00+. They mainly use blogs in their web site where they use several blogs for different audiences such as books blog, video blog director’s blog, event blog and many more. They also use the web 2.0 tools such as Comments, Review & Ratings, Tags and Rss feeds. The tool that admires my heart in this web site is the tool called Brain Fuse online help which helps the students to get help from the library staff to do their home work. The most unique thing I saw in this library is the Google translator they use to covert the content in the web site in to the language you prefer. This feature is very interesting and I believe it helps to admire more users to the library.

You can see Brain fuse demo clicking this link…..

Another library I could find using web 2.0 tools affectively is Darien library in America. I found they use a tool called Meebo to add the feature of instant messaging to their web site. That feature allows the student to chat with the librarian at the library open hours. The Darien library also use web 2.0 tools such as online catalogues, Comments & Reviews, Rss feed, Taging, Podcasts and Vediocasts. They also use web applications such as Flickr, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Blip.tv and Delicious.

Also I found a library called Niagara which uses a search 2.0 in their library search. They use a tool called Wordcat that helps to find resources around the world. It allows the Niagara users to get the search results from 57 million items owned by 9,000 libraries worldwide. It is useful for identifying materials that can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.

worldcat_results

These three libraries are the most interesting libraries I could found through my research and these are the web 2.0 tools they use in their organisations. I trust the way these libraries utilise web 2.0 tools can be considered as an example when we are doing the proposal for the QUT library. Also I am confident there are many more tools that can be used to build into the libraries. Many libraries have accepted that web 2.0 tools have really made a change in their organisation where the productivity of the library is increased. Because of this many libraries are seeking in to adopting library 2.0.

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    jamie turner said,

    some great research here of how other libraries are using these tools to their advantage. good job. I have also done my own research and will hopefully share them in a blog post soon 🙂


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