OPAC as Outreach:
Web 2.0 and the Library


      Meghan Gates
        LSC 551
      April 8, 2008
What are OPACs?
• Online Public Access Catalogs
• Where we find “stuff” held by the library
• Reputation as flat and disco...
What is Web 2.0?
• A “Next-Gen” movement in internet
  technology
• Not a change in actual technology but a new
  way of t...
What the Library is Up Against
• I want it now and I want it easy… or, the
  Googleization of Information
• Information at...
Mashup: Web 2.0 and OPACs
• Making OPACs more user friendly
• Meeting the needs of “Next-Gen” library users
  – User Cente...
Why Use Web 2.0?
• Most users already know it
• Allows for interconnectedness cross multiple
  platforms and information s...
Tools of 2.0
•   IM / ICQ / gChat
•   Streaming Media (Flash, Videos, etc.)
•   Blogs and Wikis
•   Social Networks (Faceb...
2.0 in Action
• Library Thing for Libraries
  – Patron Tags
  – Recommended / Similar
  – Reviews and Ratings

  Danbury, ...
2.0 in Action
• Blogs
  – Alerting users of events, changes, and innovations
  – Making it easy (RSS, e-mail reminders, et...
2.0 in Action
• Speaking of RSS feeds…
2.0 in Action
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Benefits of 2.0
• Multiple methods of searching
• Multiple modes of connection to our patrons
• Putting the library in the...
Sources
• Balas, Janet L., “eLearning about Library 2.0”
• Coyle, Karen, “Managing Technology: The Library
  Catalog in th...
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  1. 1. OPAC as Outreach: Web 2.0 and the Library Meghan Gates LSC 551 April 8, 2008
  2. 2. What are OPACs? • Online Public Access Catalogs • Where we find “stuff” held by the library • Reputation as flat and disconnected (like the old card catalog)
  3. 3. What is Web 2.0? • A “Next-Gen” movement in internet technology • Not a change in actual technology but a new way of thinking • Fosters creativity, information sharing, and collaboration
  4. 4. What the Library is Up Against • I want it now and I want it easy… or, the Googleization of Information • Information at the touch of a button (iPhone, mobile web, etc.) • Library as “that stuffy old place”
  5. 5. Mashup: Web 2.0 and OPACs • Making OPACs more user friendly • Meeting the needs of “Next-Gen” library users – User Centered – Multimedia Experience – Socially Rich – Communally Innovative
  6. 6. Why Use Web 2.0? • Most users already know it • Allows for interconnectedness cross multiple platforms and information sources • Why not? Libraries have usually been on the forefront of innovation • Most Importantly: Helping our patrons in the best way possible
  7. 7. Tools of 2.0 • IM / ICQ / gChat • Streaming Media (Flash, Videos, etc.) • Blogs and Wikis • Social Networks (Facebook, MySpace, etc.) • Tagging • RSS Feeds
  8. 8. 2.0 in Action • Library Thing for Libraries – Patron Tags – Recommended / Similar – Reviews and Ratings Danbury, CT Library Catalog
  9. 9. 2.0 in Action • Blogs – Alerting users of events, changes, and innovations – Making it easy (RSS, e-mail reminders, etc.) St. Joseph County Public Library CUA Libraries
  10. 10. 2.0 in Action • Speaking of RSS feeds…
  11. 11. 2.0 in Action 6 2 1 3 4 5
  12. 12. Benefits of 2.0 • Multiple methods of searching • Multiple modes of connection to our patrons • Putting the library in the path of the user • Making the library relevant again (More than “that place with all the books”) • Constant Beta phase
  13. 13. Sources • Balas, Janet L., “eLearning about Library 2.0” • Coyle, Karen, “Managing Technology: The Library Catalog in the 2.0 World” • Curran, Kevin et al., “Involving the User Through Library 2.0” • Lankes, David R. et al., “Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation” • Maness, Jack M., “Library 2.0: The Next Generation of Web-Based Library Services” • Liu, Shu, “Engaging Users: The Future of Academic Library Websites”
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