Changes in user behaviors and demands • Users want greater freedom in managing their access to information. • Users want access not only to just library -held information but to other material types and on the web in general. • Users seek a simple search interface that is not only easy to use but also retrieves items ranked by relevance and points to related items, reviews, recommendations, and allows a degree off a cited searching • Users want access to full-text and other digital content
Used as micro blogs like twitter to inform the readers about a particular blog post of interest.
Are effective dissemination tools of current information
To inform users of new resources
As mode of communication in publicizing the activities and reaching out to audience
RSS Feeds & Aggregators • a text-based format, a type of XML • information repackaged by provider or creator to give the user more control over delivery • Most information resources can syndicate a feed which can be subscribed to
Twitter is a free microblogging service that enables its users to send and read other users' updates or text based posts known as tweets (140 characters in length), which are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users/followers who have subscribed to them.
Location of LIS centre can be shown using a map mashup
To provide users with more from OPAC by using Google Books Previews, and also to display book cover images that can be mashed in using Amazon API.
To create Repository mashup by combining data about various repositories from different data providers and mash it up on Google Map to visually display information about repositories.
The web has dramatically changed the way in which products and services are made available to the users in the sense that the user can sit at home, compare the products and buy the one that best suits his needs. • If LIS centres want to survive in today’s era of technical growth they have to evolve with time and look beyond the traditionally defined Library Management System. • They can provide innovative online services to the users by both integrating the various libraries, their branches with other online books and book sellers site like Amazon, eBay, Google and also to social networking sites like Facebook. • Mashup’s are providing the tools for such unified services. By providing controlled access to both its data and services, libraries can go global instead of being confined to its premises. Many interesting and user friendly applications may be developed to provide value added services to the user.
Benefit of Using Social Media/Network • Free of Cost • Easy to Use • Social Media/Network can reach to lager audience • Real time information sharing network • Easy to get feedback of users • Library can use for Promotional activities • More informal and friendly for communicating with user better than going traditional way The success of any information system depends on how best the system design is based on a close and accurate understanding of the users. The effectiveness of Lib. & information system depends on the extent to which the system characteristics correspond with the user and how much the potential user is willing and able to make use of it.