Welcome to Web 2.0 & Libraries Part 2

Social software, more ubiquitous than ever, continues to have a profound impact on information and communication in the Information Age.

From the American Library Association to social software news aggregation, it’s clear the trend toward utilizing “Web 2.0” technologies for information and communication in the 21st century is growing stronger.

In “Web 2.0 & Libraries, Part 2: Trends and Technologies,” librarian and educator Dr. Michael Stephens continues his 2.0 work and re-emphasizes the importance of libraries embracing this world of conversation, community, and collaboration.

“In this issue [of Library Technology Reports],” he writes, “we’ll revisit some of the social tools presented in ‘Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software,’ address some trends guiding social technology in libraries, take a look at some newer tools, and cover some best practices for using 2.0 tools in your library.”

With the “Presence in the 2.0 World ” foreward by Jenny “The Shifted Librarian” Levine, this 80-page issue of Library Technology Reports covers a broad range of Web 2.0 topics, tools, and considerations, including:

  • value-added blogging
  • building a community Web site with a blog
  • Ten Best Practices for Flickr & Libraries
  • libraries and social sites like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube
  • tagging and social bookmarking
  • Messaging in a 2.0 World: Twitter & SMS
  • podcasting
  • The OPAC Rebooted
  • how libraries such as the Hennepin County Library and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library are using 2.0 tools


Note from Michael Stephens, January 2012: This is the full text of my Library Technology Report from 2007. I’m happy to share it here to make it available openly and for free on the Web. Please note, many of the examples cited have changed since the reports were written. Comments are on for those that would like to share new examples or thoughts about the content.

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