Professionals and Web 2.0

The Law Librarian Blog reports here on a White Paper produced by CCH Australia in which they asked (their customers) Professionals about their use of Web 2.0. There were a number of questions, of which CCH identified the following as the most important:

  • How many professionals currently use Web 2.0 tools within their workflows?
  • How does this compare to recreational usage rates?
  • For what purpose do professionals use Web 2.0 tools?
  • What information do professionals expect Web 2.0 sources to provide?
  • Do professionals trust the information drawn from Web 2.0 sources?
  • Will professionals place greater trust in these tools and sources 5 years from now?
  • What impact does corporate policy have on access and use of Web 2.0 tools?
  • Do professionals believe that access to such tools should be a fact of corporate life?
  • Should Web 2.0 tools remain free?
  • Will this change expectations about the pricing of traditional information sources?

This is a really interesting look at how/why Web 2.0 is currently being used by Professionals in Law Firms and other organisations which I recommend people read.

Is it all doom and gloom?

If you've read a newspaper or looked at the Web recently you cant help but have noticed that people keep talking about a "Global Economic Crisis" or "the Downturn" or a "Credit Crisis" or worst of all "Recession" but is it all doom and gloom and what as Information Professionals can we do to ensure we survive the downturn?

First of all I'm trying not to worry about it too much, hard to do when job losses in Law Firms are being reported on an almost daily basis and more importantly there are things you can do to demonstrate the value we provide. This is discussed in Doom and gloom, or time to prosper? (KM Legal Magazine - Subscription required) the article is an interview of Toby Brown (Client relations manager at Fulbright & Jaworski) and More than just an overhead (KM Legal Magazine - Subscription required)

I'm also going to be attending a seminar organised by CLIG on "Researching the credit crisis - how information units can help steer a course through troubled waters" which looks like it will be very useful. For more information on Managing Library units during these troubled times I recommend reading the following posts, which were published on the Strategic Librarian blog.

What's your social media drug?

The Shifted Librarian has written an interesting post here, in which they describe which Social Media tool they currently use and the reasons for their choice.

Deciding which Social Media tool you're going to use and then sticking to it, is actually harder then it might seem, despite the fact that many of them offer very similiar functionality they could potentially all be used for different purposes.

For example Facebook could be for friends and family, LinkedIn could be for business contacts and colleagues. Twitter could be for friends and family for updating them on what you're doing and your Blog could be the place where you "sell yourself" and write more detailed posts on what interests you and what is important to you. But as the Shifted Librarian says how can you..."keep up with everyone all the time"

In the post the Shifted Librarian describes how they use a tool called Friendfeed which consolidates all their Social Media feeds (including updates from their friends) into one single application. I've been using Friendfeed as well for a while and have to say I'm not a big fan, I can see how it is being used but I'm still not inclined to use it to see what my friends are doing, although I am registed and do "feed" my updates from Facebook, Twitter and delicious to Friendfeed.

The Shifted Librarian's post also has two pieces of advice, which no one should ignore:

  1. "Never hit the "older" or archive button - this will just open up a whole world of trouble
  2. "If you keep refreshing it will never, ever stop"

Are you Hot or not?

Anne Welsh at the First Person Narrative blog has pointed me in the direction of this new Website "Hot Stuff 2.0"

From the About section of the website:

"HotStuff 2.0″ is an automatically updated blog developed by Dave Pattern (Library Systems Manager, University of Huddersfield, UK).

RSS feeds from
over 800 library related blogs are collated on a daily basis and analysed in an attempt to discover new and/or interesting topics. Not all of the blogs have posted something new since HotStuff was launched, so the number of active blogs is lower.

A daily blog post is generated using a single word that has seen a marked increase in usage over the last few days. A “Word Wheel” image shows the strength of the links between that word and other words that have also recently seen an increase in usage. This can sometimes help to put to the words into context, but mostly it’s just an excuse for some eye candy!"

I like the idea behind Hot Stuff and certainly fancy checking out some eye candy so will be submitting my Blog for inclusion asap!

Good news...Bad News...

The Good News first, Jennie Law very kindly sent the following link to me, which included all UK Law Librarian Bloggers in a review entitled Blogs in The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008 great to see that there are so many active Librarian bloggers out there.

Now the Bad News, unfortunately there wasn't even a single representative on this list called originally Library Blogs Worldwide...not a one, shame really.