Discovery 3 – Web 2.0 and Library 2.0

May 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm 1 comment


 The terms Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 mean different things to different people – here are two definitions:

“Web 2.0 is the next incarnation of the World Wide Web, where digital tools allow users to create, change, and publish dynamic content of all kinds. Other Web 2.0 tools syndicate and aggregate this content. We will all be publishers and creators of our own information and entertainment channels with these applications” – Michael Stephens

“Library 2.0 is 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” – PLCMC


Watch the following videos and read some of the articles and blog posts to gain an understanding of these concepts.

Web 2.0

The Machine is Us/ing us

Read Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and Librarian 2.0: Preparing for the 2.0 World by Stephen Abram, MLS, SirsiDynix vice president of Innovation
SirsiDynix OneSource, January 2006

When Stephen Abram helped launch the Murdoch University Library 23 Things program, he answered a few questions about Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 (video)

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

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


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


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  • 1. leftwinglibrarian  |  June 20, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I have watched the The Machine is Using Us a few times since it was first available – it never fails to fascinate me, each time!


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Learning 2.0 is a discovery learning program created by Helene Blowers. Content and style for CityLibrariesLearning has been borrowed and duplicated with permission, under a Creative Commons License.
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