What is Library 2.0?
The concept of Library 2.0 stems from the Business 2.0 and the Web 2.0 movements. This includes online services like the use of OPAC systems and an increased flow of information from the user back to the library. The Library 2.0 movement is really about innovation, people and community building. According to Wikipedia the vision of the Library 2.0 movement is accomplished through trust and by encouraging users to share ideas through writing, rating and commenting about everything in the library’s collection. Proponents of the the Library 2.0 concept expect that ultimately the Library 2.0 model for service will replace traditional, one-directional service offerings that have characterized libraries for centuries.
General Principles of Library 2.0
It is difficult to identify the exact parameters of Library 2.0 since it is in a perpetual beta state. However, there seems to be a general consensus around the following principles:
- Librarians are allowed to create resources for their users quickly and easily
- Library Services are frequently evaluated and updated to meet the needs of users
- Library collections are made available via open, personalized interactive services that encourage content creation, editing, commenting, bookmarking, rating, tagging etc. by users
- Two way flow of information from the library to the user and from the user to the library
- Libraries embrace radical trust
- Libraries give users some measure of control
- Librarians are knowledgeable about and utilize information tools favoured by users
- Library 2.0 from Wikipedia
- What is Web 2.0 - O'Reilly
- A Library 2.0 Perspective by Michael Casy
- Library 2.0 - An academic perspective
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