Bibliography - Library 2.0

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See also Library 2.0 Chronology | Subject librarian 2.0 | The use of social media in academic libraries, 2012

This bibliography of articles about library 2.0 starts with the most recent research. The term Library 2.0 was coined by Michael Casey on LibraryCrunch in 2005. Concepts such as "Library 2.0" emerged as an obvious spinoff of "web 2.0", a term popularized by O'Reilly Media.

What is Library 2.0?

see also Other Library 2.0 Definitions

  • "The principles of library 2.0 seek to put users in touch with information and entertainment wherever they may be, breaking down the barriers of space, time and outdated policy. It is a user-centered paradigm focusing on knowledge, experience, collaboration, the creation of new content and encouraging the heart." - Michael Stephens Tame the Web








  • Brevik, T. Library computer security 2.0? Librarian 1.5
    • It is great we are waving the Library 2.0 flag, but we have to document security problems that go with it or IT folks will take the blame for problems that arise.
  • Casey, M. E. & Savastinuk L. C. (2006). Library 2.0: Service for the Next-Generation Library. Library Journal, 131, 14, 40-42.
  • Chowdhury, G., Poulter, A., McMenemy, D. (2006). Public library 2.0: towards a new mission for public libraries as a 'network of community knowledge'. Online Information Review, 30, 4, 454-460.
  • Eash, E. (2006). Podcasting 101. Computers in Libraries, 16-20.
  • Litwin, R. The Central Problem of Library 2.0: Privacy. Library Juice
    • As serious as privacy concerns are, the features of web 2.0 depend on users sharing private information with others. This presents a problem in offering Library 2.0 services. If we value reader privacy, it’s clear our experiments with Library 2.0 services will have some limitations.
  • Maness, J. (2006). Library 2.0 Theory: Web 2.0 and Its Implications for Libraries. Webology, 3, 2, 25.
    • This article posits theory for "Library 2.0", a new paradigm for librarians. The 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 their collections.
  • Maness, J. (2006). Library 2.0: The next generation of web-based library services. LOGOS: Journal of the World Book Community, 17, 3, 139-145.
  • Miller, P. (2006). Library 2.0: the challenge of disruptive. Innovation, Talis.
  • Stephens, M. (2006) Into a new world of librarianship. Retrieved from
    • One of the principles Stephens would add to Library 2.0 is "the Library is human". Librarian 2.0 is a strategy for helping users find information; the most important traits are: (1) plans for users; (2) embraces Web 2.0; (3) controls technolust; (4) makes good, yet fast decisions; (5) a trendspotter; and (6) gets content.
  • Stephens, M. (2006). Tech tips for every librarian: Flickr & lLibraries. Computers in Libraries.
  • Stephens, M. (2006). Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software, Library Technology Reports, 42, 4.


  • Balas, J. (2005). Blogging is so last year now podcasting is hot. Computers in Libraries, 29-31.
  • Boog, J. (2005). Library 2.0 movement sees benefits in collaboration with patrons. Retrieved from,1895,1881893,00.asp
    • One of the first articles to use the phrase "Library 2.0". 100 library professionals speculating about how to survive in a world of web-based, user-created content.
  • Curran, K., Murray, M. & Christian, M. (2007). Taking the information to the public through library 2.0. Library Hi Tech, 25, 2, 288-297.
  • Fichter, D. (2005). The many forms of e-collaboration: Blogs, wikis, portals, groupware, discussion boards, and instant messaging. Online, 29, 4, 48-50.
  • Houghton, S. & Schmidt, A. (2005). Web-based chat vs. instant messaging. Online, 29, 4, 26-30.
  • Miller, P., Chad, K. (2005). Do libraries matter? - The rise of Library 2.0, Talis.


  • Fichter, D. (2004). Using RSS to create new services. Online, 28, 4, 52-55.
  • Shiu, E., & Lenhart, A. (2004). How Americans use instant messaging. Washington D.C.: Pew Internet & American Life Project.


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