#15 Web 2.0, Library 2.0

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Library 2.0 is a term used to describe a new set of concepts for developing and delivering library services. The name, as you may guess, is an extension of Web2.0 and shares many of its same philosophies and concepts including harnessing the user in both design and implementation of services, embracing constant change as a development cycle over the traditional notion of upgrades, and reworking library services to meet the users in their space, as opposed to ours (libraries).

Many have argued that the notion of Library 2.0 is more than just a term used to describe concepts that merely revolve around the use of technology; it also a term that can be used to describe both physical and mindset changes that are occurring within libraries to make our spaces and services more user-centric and inviting. Others within the profession have asserted that libraries have always been 2.0: collaborative, customer friendly and welcoming. But no matter which side of the debate proponents fall, both sides agree that libraries of tomorrow, even five or ten years from now, will look substantially different from libraries today.

Discovery Resources:

OCLC Next Space Newsletter – Web 2.0: Where will the next generation of the web it take libraries?

Five Perspectives:

Wikipedia – Library 2.0
Library 2.0 Discussions (list of great references from Wikipedia)

Discovery Exercise:

  1. Read two or three of the perspectives on Library 2.0 from the list above.
  2. Create a blog post about your thoughts on any one of these? Library 2.0 – It’s many things to many people. What does it mean to you?


  1. Like him or hate him, Walt Crawford has done the herculean task of putting together blog posts and articles on Library 2.0/Web 2.0 into one document. He highlights–and critiques–most of the other authors listed in the Discussions sections of the Wikipedia article on Library 2.0. Definitely a worthwhile read since other people are continually reacting to this article of his. A warning: this puppy is 32 pages long so you may want to print out for perusal if, like me, you don’t like reading long documents on a computer screen.

    Comment by Robyn Russell :: August 22, 2007 @ 5:14 pm
  2. Both Meredith Wolfwater (Information Wants to Be Free)
    http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/index.php and the Annoyed Librarian (http://annoyedlibrarian.blogspot.com/) have good current posts on this topic.

    Comment by Robyn Russell :: August 23, 2007 @ 9:53 am
  3. There is a great Web 2.0 MEME map by Tim O’Reilly in the article (wikipedia) by Paul Miller (Web 2.0: building the new library). This gave me a much better picture of why and how a lot of these tech things are going to become such an invaluable part of libraries.

    Comment by Marian Hansen :: August 30, 2007 @ 10:48 am

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