Library 2.0 and Beyond: Innovative Technologies and Tomorrow's User / Edition 1

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Library 2.0: does everyone seem to know what this means except you? In this new work, Nancy Courtney has assembled some of the most forward-looking thinkers in the library world to describe and explain the next generation of online tools, including blogs and wikis, social networking and tagging technologies, folksonomies, podcasting, and virtual reality libraries.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[A]n absorbing and useful introduction to the technologies that form the tools of the Library 2.0 movement. . . . The beginner-friendly approach and strong examples make Library 2.0 and Beyond a useful tool for librarians who wish to discuss Library 2.0 initiatives and their adaptations with others who may not be expert on the topic. . . . Due to its accessibility and extensive resource lists, the book is highly recommended for anyone interested in gaining more knowledge of the tools of Library 2.0."


Public Services Quarterly

"Blogging, podcasting, wikis, MySpace, social bookmarking, gaming, mashups, folksonomies-what do these words mean? Want to learn more on what they are and how you and/or your library can use them? Then Library 2.0 and Beyond is the resource for you. The book has 11 chapters, and each one focuses on a particular Library 2.0 technology. Chapters are written by different authors who have the knowledge and experience in their particular interest. The authors provide background information, describe the technology and or tools, give practical applications on using them, how they use have used them, and give suggestions for you."


Colorado Associaton of Libraries

"How can your library take advantage of emerging ideas and become part of your patrons' increasingly digital lifestyle? Not only are the technologies clearly explained in these pages, but each contributor takes pains to offer concrete guidance regarding library applications and implementations."


American Libraries

"Editor Courtney has pulled together the best and the brightest who write and practice Web 2.0 to author chapters on next-generation online tools. This text is not a how-to on Web 2.0; rather, each chapter simply explains an online tool, and how it is being used today, using a few superb library examples (ranging from public to academic), and then discusses future possibilities. The suggested readings exemplify the notion of Web 2.0 and publishing, as the recommendations are well balanced between journal articles and freely accessible blog entries. This is a must-have to any library wanting to stay relevant in today's ever-changing and challenging environment."



"Highly recommended for modern libraries confronting the challenges of the modern century's technological advances."


Midwest Book Review

"In Library 2.0 and Beyond, editor Courtney puts forth more academic treatment of Web/Library 2.0 concepts with contributed chapters on library catalogs, wikis, podcasting, handhelds, mashups. . . social networking, folksonomies and user-based tagging, gaming concepts as learning tools, virtual worlds and digital storytelling. . . . Useful to academic librarians and library students looking for more in-depth coverage."


Library Journal

"If you do not know what is going on in the world of wiki's, blogs, podcasting, PDAs, mashups and social networking (MySpace etc.), specifically in the library context, then this is the book for you. These issues are dealt with in a series of short chapters and there are helpful references for further reading and exploration. The cast of contributors is impressive. . . this is not a work of science fiction or fantasy. It is part documentary and part visionary. "



"Librarians new to the concepts of Web/Library 2.0 will find more than enough introductory material in this volume to aid them in developing a firmer grasp of what Web 2.0 is and how it is being used to improve library services. Those who already possess a more nuanced understanding of these concepts will find a rich resource in this book as it provides considerable analysis, numerous examples, best practices, and further readings on many of the most discussed Web 2.0 technologies."


Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Resear

"Useful for the information professional seeking a concise introduction to Web 2.0 tools and how they can be developed in a library context. Moving past theoretical discussions about how libraries interact with the participatory Web, this volume draws on the insight of successful 2.0 practitioners to demystify the field's most significant buzzword. Like other recent works on the subject, Library 2.0 and Beyond runs the gamut of innovative library technologies. . . . These topics are consistently explored with brevity and clarity by their authors. Complex issues are presented in understandable terms by librarians who have used 2.0 tools to improve the user experience. . . . Recommended for anyone who wants to become more familiar with the range of creative tech-based experimentation flourishing in the library field. Each chapter is a jumping-off point for practical programming, offering insights and best practices as well as suggested readings for those who want to further extend their knowledge."


Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Because the book focuses on services and the issues associated with their implementation, and does not include step-by-step user guides, it remains relevant in 2009, despite its 2007 publication date. It is recommended for librarians unfamiliar with Library 2.0 concepts who wish to learn about applying a range of collaborative technologies in a library context, and for comprehensive library studies collections."


The Electronic Library

"This is an excellent primer for the technically bewildered. …The book is an undoubted success in its own terms and is well worth spending time on…"


Library Review

Library Journal

You may think Library 1.0 works just fine, thank you very much! However, if you want to put a name to a so-called paradigm shift in web technology and how society uses it, then "Web 2.0" and the piggybacking "Library 2.0" should work for you and at the same time keep Internet consultants and book publishers happy. Web 2.0, and by extension Library 2.0, refers to the web as a platform and is all about collaboration and user-created information spaces. In How To Use Web 2.0 in Your Library, London-based internet consultant Bradley (Internet Power Searching: The Advanced Manual. 2d ed.) presents an informal overview of Web 2.0 applications useful to librarians, including RSS feeds, web logs, podcasting, start pages, social bookmarking, web sites (including wikis), IM, and photo sharing. A final chapter discusses implementation. Social networking is included under a "miscellaneous" heading and is given brief treatment. The most useful parts of this book are the online resources. A companion web site is available.

In Library 2.0 and Beyond, editor Courtney (coordinator of outreach and learning, Ohio State) puts forth a more academic treatment of Web/Library 2.0 concepts with contributed chapters on library catalogs, wikis, podcasting, handhelds, mashups (combining two or more web services), social networking, folksonomies and user-based tagging, gaming concepts as learning tools, virtual worlds, and digital storytelling. Most contributors are from an academic setting (Steven J. Bell), but public librarians (Michael Casey) are also represented. As librarians and libraries continue to evolve and adapt along with the web and its users, categorizing and capturing therapid change under a particular rubric such as Library 2.0 can be useful. Of these two guides, Library 2.0 and Beyondis the more serious effort and is useful to academic librarians and library students looking for more in-depth coverage. If you are just hoping to get started with Web 2.0 or Library 2.0 in any library, Bradley's book will introduce you to key resources. [See also Casey's Library 2.0: A Guide to Participatory Library Service.-Ed.]
—Robert L. Battenfeld

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591585374
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 394,150
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

NANCY COURTNEY is Coordinator of Outreach and Learning at the Ohio State University Libraries. Since 2004, she has received two LSTA grants to fund technology training seminars for librarians in Ohio and has tried to make it her personal mission to provide opportunities for non-IT librarians to become familiar with technology topics. She has a B.A. in Classics from Northwestern University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Preface Steven J. Bell Bell, Steven J.

1 Web 2.0 and Library 2.0: What Librarians Need to Know Elizabeth L. Black Black, Elizabeth L. 1

2 Looking Toward Catalog 2.0 Michael Casey Casey, Michael 15

3 The Wonderful World of Wikis: Applications for Libraries Chad F. Boeninger Boeninger, Chad F. 25

4 Podcasting in Libraries Chris Kretz Kretz, Chris 35

5 Handheld Computers in Libraries Christopher Strauber Strauber, Christopher 49

6 Mashups and Web Services Eric Schnell Schnell, Eric 63

7 Online Social Networking Brian S. Mathews Mathews, Brian S. 75

8 Folksonomies and User-Based Tagging Ellyssa Kroski Kroski, Ellyssa 91

9 up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, a , b ,select, start: Learning from Games and Gamers in Library 2.0 David Ward Ward, David 105

10 Library 2.0 and Virtual Worlds = Innovation + Exploration Lori Bell Bell, Lori Tom Peters Peters, Tom Kitty Pope Pope, Kitty 119

11 Digital Storytelling, Libraries, and Community Karen Diaz Diaz, Karen Anne M. Fields Fields, Anne M. 129

Suggested Readings 141

Index 145

About the Editor and Contributors 149

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