concepts and related technologies into LIS education and practice
José Angel Martínez Usero Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain Isabel Sousa Biblioteca Municipal de Espinho, Portugal José Angel Martínez Usero Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain Isabel Sousa Biblioteca Municipal de Espinho, Portugal Librarian@2010, Lisbon 19th September, 2007
Library 2.0' is a term that provides focus to a number of ongoing conversations around the changing ways that libraries should make themselves and their services visible to end users and to one another.
Library 2.0 is a new notion of using the best technology available, including all of the Web 2.0 tools, to improve library services and to reach out more directly to our communities
It is user-centered . Users participate in the creation of the content and services they view within the library's web-presence, OPAC, etc. The consumption and creation of content is dynamic, and thus the roles of librarian and user are not always clear.
It provides a multi-media experience . Services contain video and audio components.
It is socially rich . The library's web-presence includes users' presences. There are both synchronous and asynchronous ways for users to communicate with one another and with librarians.
It is communally innovative . It rests on the foundation of libraries as a community service that must allow users to change the library.
It is efficient . It seeks to continually change its services, to find new ways to allow communities, not just individuals to seek, find, and utilize information.
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Librarian@2010, Lisbon 19th September, 2007
All together, the use of these Web 2.0 technologies and applications, along with others not here mentioned and others not yet invented, will constitute a meaningful and substantive change in the history of libraries. The library's collection will change, becoming more interactive and fully accessible. The library's services will change, focusing more on the facilitation of information transfer and information literacy rather than providing controlled access to it
European universities have to train new LIS professionals adapted to new market trends, such as, web 2.0 technologies. Therefore, European references on educational policy need to be updated in order to provide real guidance to academics and professionals.
Public libraries, in general, depend administatively and economically on Councils. Therefore, they are condicioned in terms of technology and innovation to Council managers who are not LIS professional and, probably not aware of Lib 2.0 innovations. So, librarians need to learn how to communicate, explain and promote the advantages of this new trend.
There are some examples of good practices that can be used as inspiration or example to be included in university curricula and to improve our library services. As usually, the best way to offer a high quality training for future LIS professionals consists of fostering adequate cooperation and feedback between theory and practice.