Library 2.0 and Web 2.0 ; Implications for Libraries

Not sure where I found this but having read through the article it's definitley worth looking at. From the article abstract:

"This article posits a definition and theory for "Library 2.0". It suggests that recent thinking describing the changing Web as "Web 2.0" will have substantial implications for libraries, and recognizes that while these implications keep very close to the history and mission of libraries, they still necessitate a new paradigm for librarianship. The paper applies the theory and definition to the practice of librarianship, specifically addressing how Web 2.0 technologies such as synchronous messaging and streaming media, blogs, wikis, social networks, tagging, RSS feeds, and mashups might intimate changes in how libraries provide access to their collections and user support for that access."

The 10 rules of Twitter

iLibrarian directs us to this post on Scobleizer I'm a bit of a newbie to Twitter so I don't think I'm breaking any of these "rules" at least not yet!

Librarian - why do you blog?

The answer is?...well a number of reasons although according to this survey, which was undertaken by Michael Stephens for his dissertation, there are 7 main reasons:

  • To share information or insight
  • To participate in a conversation or community
  • To archive information or experience
  • To enhance your professional development
  • To express your perspective or identity
  • To promote yourself or the profession
  • To have fun

I think I Blog for all the reasons listed above!

The "Hottest" Facebook Groups for Librarians

The iLibrarian has put together a list of the "hottest" (most popular) groups for Librarians on Facebook the full list is available here.

New "nice looking" resources

A couple of resources here that look useful.

and one final link for a Friday night, the Seven secrets of Highly successful bloggers as published by the Blog Herald.

Facebook - auto complete

In case you hadn't noticed already Facebook has added Auto-complete functionality to the Friend Search box. I'm enjoying using the new functionality as a short-cut when I want to look at Friends profiles.

Tags Help Make Libraries

iLibrarian and the Librarian in Black both have links to a really useful article on how Tagging can be used by Libraries. This is quite a "controversial" area for Libraries and Librarians as the author says "largely because adding keywords to resources lacks authority control"

An interesting article that should be read by all Library Management System administrators.

Law Firm Networks

Nick Holmes over at Binary Law has posted about the number of Law Firm Networks on Facebook. I'm mildly surprised that there only appear to be 4 networks for UK Law Firms. Although having read the Facebook help on "Networks" I can see why;

"You can suggest new high school, college, work, and regional networks from the bottom of our Suggestions page. Facebook regularly reviews these suggestions, and adds new networks when appropriate."

Does when appropriate mean, when enough people request the network? I suppose the other thing to remember is that there will be many Groups for UK Law Firms, a search for Clifford Chance for instance returned 27 Groups.

Programming for Librarians

The ilibrarian has a short post on the Top 10 Programming Concepts for Librarians, programming isn't something I have ever considered doing but with the massive growth of Web 2.0 technologies I think it's about time I learnt a bit more about them so it was with a strange sense of joy that I read this post.

Call me sad if you want.

Thinking about a new job?

Then you will definitely want to look at 10 Questions you might be asked about Web 2.0. Although these are aimed at Marketing Executives, they seem to me to be relevant to all.

A little thing called friendship

Apart from being a transport ship built in 1784, what does friendship really mean? I ask this because there have been a lot of reports recently in the National Press and the Blogosphere about how most Facebook and MySpace friends will be "false friends" or "nodding acquaintances", individuals that you would smile at on the street or on the train but are unlikely to talk to or know their name. According to a new report "EPSRC/ESRC funded project on technology and social networks" the typical user of a social networking site will have at least 150 friends listed (that's 95 friends more than me so I guess I must be below average).

The report also found that only a few of these friends are "true friends". So what does this say about our use of Social Networking sites? In my mind two things. The total number of friends you have listed is usually dependant on how you are using the site for instance If I was using Facebook as a business networking tool that number might well be a lot higher. I can honestly say that I have met or know 98% of my Facebook friends, would I still consider them my friends or go out for beers with them if Facebook ceased to exist? Yes definitely.

Secondly Social Networking sites shouldn't be used as friend gathering tools, unfortunately human nature dictates that users will do this and the sites encourage you to gather more friends by making tools like Friend Finder and applications like Compare People and Superlatives available.

The whole friend request and friend functionality is I believe being looked at by Facebook, the friends listing would certainly benefit from the addition of categories like Work friends, Family, Bogging friends and so on. It is and will remain one of the biggest draws of Facebook and the opportunity to identify and socialise with friends or groups of like-minded individuals should be encouraged. So get out there and make some friends!

Building a social networking environment in your Library

In this article the author outlines 3 key steps for well...building a Social Networking environment within a Library.

How to stay afloat...Part 2

I discovered this list shortly after my orginal post on "How to stay afloat" looks useful.

Staying afloat in a flood

John J Meier who is based in the U.S writes about how to "Stay afloat" when dealing with the flood of new technology that just seems to keep on coming, he says;

"Librarians need to critically evaluate new technologies to determine if they are useful to professional needs. Whether you call them Web 2.0, emerging technologies, or social networking, the number of new digital tools available is mind-boggling"

Mind-boggling indeed! He finishes his article with a short glossary containing explanations of some of the most well used technologies.

Beyond Wikipedia - Wikis for Legal Professionals

This is the title of an interesting article published in the Wisconsin Law Journal, unfortunately there is currently only a reference to the article at the moment on the WisBlawg.

The "path of opportunity"

This is a useful article that has been published to the site. In it the author discusses how having a dynamic career involves a mix of good luck, hard work, and an ability to position yourself smack in the middle of the "path of opportunity" -- "that spot where cool new things are happening"

The author highlights 4 key areas for development:

  • Making yourself more visible
  • Monitoring Your Environment
  • Being Prepared to Act
  • Taking the Initiative

Some of these areas for development seem fairly obvious but it's good to be reminded that this is what we should all be doing.

Changes to Facebook?

Headshift have blogged about some potential changes to Facebook which will affect the way Friends details are organised and could have an impact on privacy, an area that many people have an issue with on Facebook.

If the plans go ahead (it is very early stages and all speculation) Facebook would introduce the ability to sort or segment your friends by other networks then the existing ones for example "Family" or "Work colleagues" or "Golf Buddies", you get the idea. You could then allow these different "friends" to access different types of profile information (again all speculation) so you could have one profile for your family and another for your work colleagues.

Sounds great and certainly a development that will improve the overall functionality of Facebook.

Go Go Gadget....British Library

For anyone who searches the British Library (BL) Catalogue recently and also uses iGoogle, today is your lucky day! The BL have released a Gadget that you can add to iGoogle which allows you to search their collections. Enjoy!

[Hat Tip - Peter Scott]


I have to admire the name of this site, in case your wondering before you visit the site it's not a Library where people are lazy but a niche search engine that allows you to search for books that are 200 pages or less in size.

In the words of the site authors "you can find books on any topic without having to worry about high page counts. If it's over 200 pages, you won't even see it. Read all about anything, in less time, for (usually) less money. Search away"

This is also shockingly my 200th post!