University of Aveiro, Documentation Services (Library) presentation for IGeLU2009 Conference (http://igelu2009.org/about/programme/)
In a contemporary society where web 2.0 services are steadily growing in number both for functionalities offered and of users adopting them, it is important to examine which of these services are the core ones that should be offered by Libraries’ online services and how these affect Patrons’ routines. With PRIMO, Ex Libris brings to the resource discovery and delivery scenario some basic web 2.0 and social networking components that users, native consumers in most cases, expect to have as inherent functionalities. But are Libraries ready to be 2.0? The resulting folksonomy from social tagging does bring valuable benefits to the search and retrieval process and the communities of Patrons? Are there some caveats that we should be aware of? In this presentation, the authors look at these social tools and analyze their potential for promoting patrons’ collective intelligence and empowerment, applying it to Communities of Practice’s creation, identification and expansion, not overlooking some possible drawbacks that need to be tackled.