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  • 1. Web 2.0 and Academic Libraries Xuemei Li May 26th , 2009 UBC SLAIS
  • 2. What is Web 2.0? Web 1.0 versus Web 2.0 Britannica Online-->Wikipedia personal websites-->blogging publishing -->participation content management systems-->wikis directories (taxonomy)-->tagging ("folksonomy") stickiness-->syndication Tim O’Reilly in 2004 All about “the People” The Web is perceived as a platform Keywords: interactivity and customizability
  • 3. Web 2.0 and Academic Libraries: a Marriage of Heaven  Library: All about patrons  Library 2.0 - Coined by Michael Casey in September 2005  Implications for academic libraries: More means to enhance library services  Promotion: RSS feeds, facebook group, blogs, wikis etc  Communication: IM, social software, second life etc  Collaboration: blogs, wikis, social bookmarking etc  Instruction: Podcasting, Screencasting, Wimba etc  Expensese Reduction: Zotero versus RefWorks, gimp versus Photoshop etc
  • 4. Benefits for Patrons  In control of receiving library services  Be involved in library services creation and evaluation  Be organized with their lives  More productive with their research/studies  Professional networking opportunities  Better prepared for future career
  • 5. Benefits for Librarians  Enhance quality of services  In patrons’ preferred media  In their preferred communication tools  Repurposing their traditional skills  More means to engage patrons’ participation  Professional development  Communicate and collaborate with peers  Keep up-to-date with technology  In a better position to negotiate with vendors  More adaptable to the changing environment
  • 6. Challenges for Academic Librarians?  Time limitation  More marketing efforts  Fear of change  Beta version = constant updating
  • 7. Approaches Towards Library 2.0  23 things - August 2006, Helene Blowers  15 minutes each day  Team up  Hands on workshops  Dedicated wiki to get organized
  • 8. Questions  What are your Library’s Web 2.0 approaches?  Any research on patrons’ Web 2.0 requirements?