Medical Librarian 2.0: Use of Web 2.0 Technologies in Reference Services

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Widespread use and acceptance of the World Wide Web in the home and office has eclipsed many other technological advances. Next-generation applications like wikis, podcasting, streaming video, virtual reference, RSS feeds, and blogs sit on the cutting edge of changes that will—and have already begun to—transform librarianship. Medical Librarian 2.0 is a vital groundbreaking resource for understanding and implementing these technologiesin reference services.

Medical Librarian 2.0 is both an examination of current technology and a resource for practical applications as well. This important collection includes informative chapters that cover the evolving spectrum of digital tools. Through detailed explorations of current technologies, as well as the ways institutions have implemented them to better serve both patrons and staff, this text provides the insight and necessary awareness required for librarians who want to stay current with these technologies and to make their services relevant to the newer generation of users.

With a wealth of informative tables, diagrams, Web site illustrations, online resources, photographs, and references, Medical Librarian 2.0 is an essential resource that looks at the pervasive Web technologies medical libraries—and other libraries—are successfully adapting to both update old services and provide new ones.

Contributors to Medical Librarian 2.0 discuss:

• the tools and applications shaping Web 2.0

• extending these vibrant technologies into librarianship with Library 2.0

• virtual reference services in academic health science libraries

• e-mail, chat, and web forms in the changing landscape of reference services

• syndicated information delivery via RSS and its integration

• producing, using, organizing, and distributing podcasts

• challenges to and successes of streaming video in health sciences libraries

• social networking, social media sharing, and social bookmarking tools

• tagging, peer production, blogs, and folksonomy

• open source software and content management systems like Drupal

• wikis and the organizational knowledgebase

• creating and utilizing blended applications and mashups

• current concerns over data and security

• and many other important topics!

With a wealth of tables, diagrams, Web site illustrations, online resources, photographs, and references, Medical Librarian 2.0 offers readers clear examples of these applications put into practice.

Medical Librarian 2.0 is an essential resource for librarians, especially those in medical settings, library science educators and students, and those looking to stay at the forefront of emerging reference technology.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Marcia Klinger Henry, MLS (California State University, Northridge)
Description: This is a collection of essays written by medical librarians on Virtual Reference Services, RSS, Pod casts, Streaming Videos, Social Networking, Drupal, a content management program, Wikis, and Mashups. This is a monographic supplement to Medical Reference Services Quarterly 26, Supplement #1, 2007.
Purpose: The editor and the contributing authors describe web technologies, offering many examples to help their readers identify new ways to be more relevant to their patrons. Although there are many examples relevant to medical libraries, especially academic medical libraries, this collection of essays is a good overview for anyone with an interest in web 2.0 technologies.
Audience: The intended audience includes both medical reference librarians and librarians working in all types of libraries.
Features: The contributing authors, with their collective health sciences librarianship experiences, along with the extraordinary editing help of M. Sandra Wood, offer a well written overview of web 2.0 technologies with specific examples, histories, and projections for various applications. Chapters have a summary, introduction, overview, and conclusion and cover a wide variety of web 2.0 technologies that have been and are being offered in reference services in all types of libraries.
Assessment: The authors all offer clear writing styles which contribute to the success of this book. This excellent collection of essays is a unique overview of the Internet in reference services by highly qualified medical librarians with diverse backgrounds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789036063
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/26/2007
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Sandra Wood is Librarian Emerita, Pennsylvania State University. Her experience and interests are in general reference, management of reference services, database and Internet searching, and user instruction. Ms. Wood is Editor of Medical Reference Services Quarterly and Journal of Consumer Health, and Co-editor of the Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries. She is author or editor of numerous books, including Health Care Resources on the Internet: A Guide for Librarians and Health Care Consumers. She received the Medical Library Association's Eliot Award, and the Chapter Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Chapter/MLA. Ms. Wood was elected to MLA's Board of Directors (1991–1995), and served as MLA's Treasurer. Ms. Wood has been a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals since 1990, and a Fellow of the Medical Library Association since 1998. She retired in December 2005 with over 35 years of experience as a medical reference librarian.

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Table of Contents

Introduction (M. Sandra Wood)
Library 2.0: An Overview (Elizabeth Connor)
Virtual Reference Services for the Academic Health Sciences Librarian 2.0 (Ana D. Cleveland and Jodi L. Philbrick)
Applications of RSS in Health Sciences Libraries (Alexia D. Estabrook and David L. Rothman)
P.O.D. Principles: Producing, Organizing, and Distributing Podcasts in Health Sciences Libraries and Education (Nadine Ellero, Ryan Looney, and Bart Ragon)
Streams of Consciousness: Streaming Video in Health Sciences Libraries (Nancy T. Lombardo, Sharon E. Dennis, and Derek Cowan)
Social Networking (Melissa L. Rethlefsen)
Content Management and Web 2.0 with Drupal (Chad M. Fennell)
It's a Wiki Wiki World (Mary Carmen Chimato)
Mashing Up the Internet (Michelle A. Kraft)
Reference Notes Included
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