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Readings for Social Software Applications in Libraries


  • Albanese AR. Google is not the Net. Libr J. 2006;131(15):32–24.

Albanese expresses concern that libraries do not benefit from web 2.0 because many block access to it due to spam, identity theft and predators. How librarians adapt to new information technologies makes the difference between a vibrant future and a steady decline into insignificance



  • Coombs K. Planning is for now and then. Library Journal. Net Connect. 2006;15: 2-3.
    • Coombs considers web 2.0 tools and their potential for improving library services. By 2010, all libraries will have a virtual presence, be more responsive to users and more capable of exploiting unique materials in its collections
  • Crosby C. Flickr is the web photo tool preferred by superheroes and librarians.
    • opportunities that social software such as Flickr can offer to law librarians


  • Dames M. Social software in the library. 2004.
    • businesses, education and government use social software to communicate with customers, students and constituents
    • increased availability of tools suggests the library’s role is diminished or unnecessary
    • many argue that librarians must adapt to the new technological landscape or else


  • Farkas M. On getting staff members to buy into a new technology. TechEssence. 2006.
    • Farkas examines issues regarding libraries and social networking software; links to other blog posts and articles



  • Huffman K. Web 2.0: beyond the: practical ways to implement RSS, podcasts, and wikis. Education Libraries. 2006;29:: 12-19.
    • how the National Geographic Society's Libraries & Information Services implemented RSS, podcasts and wikis
    • practical application of web 2.0 for academic libraries


  • Salo D. Design speaks. Library Journal. 2006;4-6.
    • need for libraries to address redesign in their websites is linked to web 2.0., blogs, social bookmarking and Library 2.0

Readings for Libraries and Web 2.0

see also Bibliography - Library 2.0



  • Boog J. Library 2.0 movement sees benefits in collaboration with patrons. 2005.,1895,1881893,00.asp
    • Among first to document "Library 2.0". 100 library professionals speculate about how to survive in a world of web-based, user-created content

  • Breeding M. Web 2.0? Let's get to web 1.0 first. Computers in Libraries. 2006;26: 30-3.
    • As we move toward web 2.0, a lack of adherence to standards may haunt us. If XML-based technologies are needed, we may move into less forgiving and sloppy coding.
    • Improving technical practices so that the current generation of sites rely on XHTML and CSS coding is key.

  • Marshall. Technology for the next generation. Computers in Libraries. 2006;26:28-30.
    • assesses the degree to which libraries are meeting the needs of the millennials
    • web 2.0 tools such as mashups, RSS, blogs, wikis etc. extend libraries to include intuitive library interfaces; better search engines; relevancy ranking; new search models; more digital content; multimedia; seamless navigation of information resources


  • Coombs K. Building a library web site on the pillars of web 2.0. Infotoday. 2007;7.
    • the six (6) pillars of web 2.0 are listed based on projects that the Head of Web Services at the University of Houston undertook
    • design of six pillars became foundation for rebuilding library website: 1) Radical decentralization; 2) Small pieces loosely joined; 3) Perpetual beta; 4) Remixable content; 5) User as contributor; and 6) Rich user experience.


  • Downes S. E-learning 2.0. eLearn Magazine
    • E-learning has been around for ten years and is now mainstream; core to business plans and services offered by colleges and universities
    • E-learning is evolving and changing to a degree significant enough to warrant a new name: E-learning 2.0.


  • Engard NC. Intranet 2.0: fostering collaboration. Online (Weston, Conn.) 2006;30(3):16-18, 20-3.
    • discusses Jenkins Law Library Intranet 2.0 consisting of warm colors and 3-D images
    • task-related tabs, main navigation system, used to move toward fostering collaboration
    • symbols remained constant throughout making correlation between illustration and functions more obvious


  • Hock R. Search engines: from web 0.0 to web 2.0 and beyond. Online. 2007;31:26-30.
    • focuses on search engines which consist of an HTML interface and database management system to retrieve records
    • search engines introduce search capabilities and options while taking advantage of unique structures of content
    • portals are sites that provide direct access to collections and resources with a search function, and personalized interface


  • Lackie RJ. Web 2.0 and its technologies for collaborative library communication. MultiMedia & Internet @ Schools 2006;13(6):9-12.
  • provides introduction to web 2.0 for libraries and brings to light notable web-based interactive communication tools to help librarians and other educators access, create, organize, and disseminate information


  • Macaskill W, Owen D. Web 2.0 to go.
    • an overview of web 2.0; concept that covers intersection of technologies, content and communities
    • web 2.0 describes a range of popular web services that offer users interactive models of communication combined with an ability to create and share content
    • web applications can be seen as communally constructed virtual libraries and as a profession
    • librarians have been quick to seize the potential of web 2.0 to deliver services; paper outlines web 2.0 sites and examples of library 2.0 tools
    • authors examine term semantic web, and its impact on the future of web based services

  • Maness J. Library 2.0 theory: web 2.0 and its implications for libraries. Webology. 2006;(3)2
    • posits a theory for "Library 2.0", a new paradigm for librarianship; paper addresses how web 2.0 tools such as synchronous messaging, streaming media, blogs, wikis, social networks, tagging, RSS feeds, and mashups will change how libraries provide access to collections

  • Miller P. Web 2.0: building the new library. Ariadne. 2005;45
    • explores recent buzz around 'web 2.0' and asks what it means for libraries and related organizations

  • Murray P, Erdley WS et al. Blogs, podcasts and web 2.0 tools for developing social networks and collaborative professional knowledge development in health and nursing informatics conferences.
    • Blogs, podcasts and wikis constitute sub-set of what are commonly described as Web 2.0 or social networking tools
    • provide international online communication and collaboration among nurses and health informaticians
    • applications are available as free and open source software; paper describes ongoing development of innovative approaches to virtual participation in nursing and health informatics conferences through blogging; provides new mode of continuing professional knowledge development
    • collaborative and interactive model of using blogs being explored purposely differs from the common form of single-author blog or conference report



  • Riemer J. To better bibliographic services. NextSpace 2006
    • web 2.0 points to ways library services should change; library services evolved at various points and for different purposes but do not interoperate
    • federated searching must pull data from separate silos and combine resources in new ways for users

  • Stephens M. Into a new world of librarianship. NextSpace 2006.
    • Stephens would add "the Library is human", a social and emotionally engaging center for learning to the 2.0 suffix
    • librarian 2.0 is the “strategy guide” for helping users find information and create content
    • important traits are 1) plans for users 2) embraces web 2.0 3) controls technolust 4) makes good yet fast decisions 5) trendspotter; and (6) gets content

  • Stephens M. Web 2.0 and libraries: best practices for social software. Library Technology Reports. 2006;4.
    • in-depth discussion of social software, library social-software and examples
    • blog-based sites; Kankakee Public Library's Podcasts and Streaming Media to Kansas City Public Library's innovative use of RSS feeds in its subject guides; dedicated librarians create wikis and user-centered tools for everything from best practices for libraries

  • Stephens M. The promise of web 2.0. American Libraries. 2006;37:32.
    • move toward social software in libraries over the last few years marks an important shift

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