What is Web 2.0? "Web 2.0 is the business revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the internet as platform, and an attempt to understand the rules for success on that new platform. Chief among those rules is this: Build applications to get better the more people use them. (This is what I've elsewhere called 'harnessing collective intelligence.')" Tim O'Reilly
What does Web 2.0 do?
Allows users to act as contributors
Permits the development of more easily used
Encourages users to work with each other
Allows the development of software to be used
by more than one device
Provides the user with an enriching experience
Supports the participation of users
What is Library 2.0? This is a loosely defined term that reflects the updated way in which library services are better able to assist their customers.
What is the focus of Library 2.0?
It allows for user-centered participation and online services.
It improves the flow of information from the user back to the library and vice versa.
It allows for continual evaluation of a library's site.
It utilizes customers' suggestions through feedback and participation.
"Social Networking in Plain English" What is social networking?
Blogs = Web logs Blogs allow individuals to develop articles written in an informal manner that can cover personal journals, news and/or business. These are available for anyone to view but they may not be changed in any manner.
Do librarys use blogs? YES!
Library directors might use one to keep customers updated.
Libraries might announce events on one.
Libraries could share information regarding new materials and resources available.
Libraries use one to encourage teen participation.
Individual librarians may develop one to share new ideas and thoughts on anything regarding libraries.
Grok A grok is an online advanced search engine that can be used to find information.
Have you ever heard of MEEBO?
With the development of Meebo, instant messaging was changed in two ways:
Meebo can connect all of your IM networks to one interface.
There is no need to install software on your computer to use Meebo which is free!
How might libraries use IM?
Libraries use IM to answer customers online questions in a prompt fashion.
IMs also allow libraries to show customers they are able to be interactive which is important in today's world.
What is podcasting?
Public libraries might use podcasting to:
promote themselves by introducing available services.
for children's story hour.
to revisit an author's visit.
to showcase a variety of books and new materials available.
Standard for syndication of web content
An XML-based format commonly used to distribute, among other things, news headlines and blog updates
RSS ~ newspaper subscription
Look for this --->
RSS Firefox’s RSS feature
RSS A stand-alone RSS reader
RSS The blog being distributed with RSS
Popular social networking site (SNS)
Over 200 million users
Open to everyone, for free
Fastest growing demographic group: 35 and older
Users have access people/groups/organizations they’ve “friended” or “become fans” of
Users post updates with information about themselves or their organizations
Facebook and the library
Organizational Facebook profiles blocked in 2006
Reinstated with the inclusion of “pages”
Allows libraries to promote themselves, services and programs
Allows communication between patrons and staff via “wall” posts, messages, etc.
CML on Facebook
Another popular social networking site (SNS)
Users post short updates (148 characters or less) to answer the question “what are you doing right now?”
Users can “follow” other users to subscribe to their updates
Updates can be made via SMS text messaging, on the twitter website, and by various other means (e.g. facebook)
"Twitter in Plain English"
Twitter and the library
Good promotional tool
Short blurbs for short attention spans and people on the go
Similar to RSS -- “tweets” are automatically made available
Twittering away through ALA Midwinter
A website to which multiple authors have access and who work together to provide its content
In many cases anyone can edit the information provided on wikis
Wikis and the library
Internal wikis = staff communication, creation of knowledge bases.
External wikis = library/patron communication
The St. Joseph County Public Library’s Subject Guides