UContent: The Information Professional's Guide to User-Generated Content

UContent: The Information Professional's Guide to User-Generated Content

by Nicholas G. Tomaiuolo

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Overview

Have you ever reviewed a book at Amazon.com? Uploaded a photo to Flickr? Commented on a blog posting? Used tags to describe or access information? If you have, you've contributed user-generated content to the web. But while many librarians and information professionals have accepted their roles as creators and managers of user-generated content (UContent), many have not. This comprehensive text considers the reasons behind UContent's wild popularity and makes strong arguments for cultivating it. While describing his own UContent experiences, the author has prepared a well researched book that serves as an overview, a status report, a primer, and a prognostication. The chapters are full of examples, insights, tips, and illustrations designed to help you process, administer, and enjoy the UContent phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573878838
Publisher: Information Today, Inc.
Publication date: 02/06/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

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UContent: The Information Professional¿s Guide to User-Generated Content 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
3wheeledlibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am really grateful to the author and Information Today for putting this up on Early Reviewers. I'm only halfway through with it so far, but I feel like I need to at least start a review. The author has patiently gone through a whole range of Web 2.0 applications (blogs, project gutenberg, wikipedia, podcasts etc.) and in each chapter offers resources to explore the application, interviews with some of the lead players, and his own chronicle of getting his feet wet with the application. I found his description of creating a file for project gutenberg to be particularly enlightening. This is a book that will particularly spark the imaginations of librarians, but I hope it will find a much wider audience among others who are interested in Web 2.0 applications. When I'm done with the first read through, I plan on spending the summer exploring the links of the companion website. As a librarian who specializes in instruction, there is much here to fill up my sandbox! Well done. Highly recommended.
artistlibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Experienced reference and instruction librarian Nick Tomaiuolo's (aka the Web 2.0 Librarian) new book is a must-have for all librarians involved in digital content. UContent clearly describes various user-generated content (UGC) tools and how librarians can implement these in their library work and personal development.UContent is targeted toward the beginner in UGC but tricks and tips will be welcomed by more advanced users. UContent isn't pretty. It's a bare-bones how-to do-it-yourself approach, but it works.Since the content of the book can easily become outdated, Tomaiuolo has created an excellent website to accompany the book. The most important chapters are on blogs, audio and video services, social bookmarking, and Flickr.Tomaiuolo provides an overview of the service as well as interviews with expert users or developers. Most importantly, he demonstrates how these services have been implemented by other librarians. This provides real-life demonstrations of the possibilities of UGC and acts as a jumping-off point for developing your own content. And, like any good librarian, he has a terrific bibliography for each chapter. UContent is sure to become a handy reference book for librarians as the enter the Web 2.0 world of UGC.
randirousseau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good reference for librarians and information managers. Not a riveting read, but interesting, thoughtful and thorough. I have to agree with the comment regarding obsolescence potential, but currently very pertinent.