Library 2.0 in Academic Libraries


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Library 2.0 in Academic Libraries

  1. 1. If you have lemons, can you prepare good lemonade? A devil’s advocate to library 2.0 in 13 slides A presentation to Web2pointyou Conference School of Information Studies, McGill University Nasser Saleh Friday February 13, 2009
  2. 2. The argument <ul><li>Academic libraries face a key question in a new environment: what is the role of the library in providing access to knowledge in today’s digitally networked world? One answer has been to actively incorporate features of the online – “Web 2.0” – world into library services, thereby creating “Library 2.0.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Library 2.0 <ul><li>Library 2.0 means bringing interactive, collaborative, user-centered, and web-based technologies to library services and collections: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email reference/Q&A pages  Chat reference; Facebook pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text-based tutorials  Streaming media tutorials with interactive databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email mailing lists, webmasters  Blogs, wikis, RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Controlled classification schemes  Tagging coupled with controlled schemes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OPAC  Personalized social network interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalog of largely reliable print and electronic holdings  Catalog of reliable and suspect holdings, web-pages, blogs, wikis, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Maness, J. (2006). &quot;Library 2.0 Theory: Web 2.0 and Its Implications for Libraries&quot;. Webology, 3 (2), Article 25. Available at: </li></ul>
  4. 4. A devil’s advocate to library 2.0 <ul><li>The discussion about library 2.0 is more of a utopian world where everyone likes to participate and collaborate. </li></ul><ul><li>A quick look at Wikipedia: we can tell how many users contribute compared to the ones who are registered or who only read articles. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Questions about the academic Library 2.0 <ul><li>Technological constraints: Are Library 2.0 technologies both scaleable and stable enough for widespread implementation? What happens if a particular platform disappears, or is replaced by something incompatible? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Other questions… <ul><li>Accessibility: How can libraries ensure Library 2.0 services are accessible and useful for all patrons, overcoming barriers imposed by language and cultural diversity? </li></ul><ul><li>IP/copyright concerns: What intellectual property concerns exist with allowing patrons to post information on library-hosted forums? Who owns the copyright to user-submitted comments or book reviews? </li></ul>
  7. 7. And...more questions… <ul><li>Staffing: What kind of technical staff is necessary to build and maintain Library 2.0 services? What kind of training is necessary for other library staff? What about the current ones! </li></ul><ul><li>Cost: What new costs emerge for the technological and staffing needs? Did you hear of the recent budget cuts in Canadian universities? </li></ul><ul><li>Impact on nature/culture of the library: More broadly, how might the integration of Library 2.0 services impact the traditional nature of the library? </li></ul>
  8. 8. But ...we still want lemonade
  9. 9. RSS IM Drupal Wiki
  10. 10. Using Wiki in design projects
  11. 11. Using social networking
  12. 12. Finally... <ul><li>Library 2.0 would provide many opportunities to academic libraries but there are many challenges as well </li></ul><ul><li>Academic libraries are at a crossroad to restructure services to meet the changes in both users and collections. </li></ul><ul><li>Library schools need to prepare new graduates to meet these changes. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thank you...