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Do You Web 2.0?

Public Libraries and Social Networking

By Linda Berube

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Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 April 2011
Web 2.0 technology is a hot topic at the moment, and public librarians in particular are beginning to feel the pressure to apply these tools. Indeed, Web 2.0 has the potential to transform library services, but only if the policy and strategy for those services are ready to be transformed. The author not only reviews these tools and provides practical advice and case studies on how they can be applied in the public library setting, but also recommends the policies and business cases that begin to create a new strategy for public libraries.

Table of Contents

List of figures List of acronyms About the author Acknowledgements Prologue Do you Web 2.0? A confession About the book About the readers of this book Part I: Public libraries and social networking: can we Web 2.0? Chapter 1: Public libraries and digital climate change A sign of the times We've been here before `By increment or revolution' Chapter 2: Web 2.0 ethos: hive mind and the wisdom of the crowd Do you Web 1.0? Or do you Web 2.0? The sliding scale of implementation To Web 2.0 or Library 2.0? Part II: Web 2.0 tools and the librarians who love them: an overview Chapter 3: Do you Web 2.0? A round-up of Web 2.0 in public libraries All the news that's fit to stream: RSS, blogs and podcasts It pays to share: photos, video, music, social networking Putting it all together: start pages and mash-ups Somewhere in the middle: wikis Do librarians really trust the wisdom of the crowd? Folksonomies, social bookmarking, tagging, social catalogues Conclusion Part III: By increment and revolution: libraries getting to Web 2.0 Chapter 4: A tale of one country The challenge to libraries Why British public libraries? A bit of UK public library pre-history A hierarchy of library online implementation Conclusion Part IV: `Tilling the soil, seeding the ideas': the Web 2.0 business case Chapter 5: Introducing Web 2.0 The experiment level Proof of concept or pilot level Live service level Business case and participation framework Building the (business) case Business case best practice as exemplified in the case studies Chapter 6: Exceeding your stretch: a conclusion In the beginning, the future A stretch too far? References and resources Index

About the Author

Linda Berube is no stranger to using web services to transform public libraries. As a regional manager for e-services and e-procurement, she not only oversaw the distributed interoperability of library management systems, but also created and managed the implementation of a co-operative national chat service, the People's Network Enquire, in which over 100 English authorities and 500 staff participated. Enquire was voted overwhelmingly the People's Network service which added value to library service, by librarians in an independent study of the People's Network by the Tavistock Institute.


This concise guide to a hot topic is timely, perceptive and engagingly written.... Useful to public librarians and a worthy acquisition for university libraries supporting LIS students., Managing Information

EAN: 9781843344360
ISBN: 184334436X
Publisher: Chandos Publishing
Dimensions: 23.37 x 15.49 x 1.02 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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