Article: Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and the Hyperlinked Library

Electronic Journal Forum : Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and the Hyperlinked Library

Michael Stephens, Contributor and Maria Collins, Column Editor
Stephens is Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University, River Forest, IL 60305, USA
Collins is Assistant Head of Acquisitions, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh NC 27695, USA

Available online 26 October 2007.


Discussions surrounding the concepts of Web 2.0/Library 2.0 are increasing among the library community. This column outlines key principles behind Web 2.0 and provides a brief explanation of social tools, such as blogs, RSS feeds, podcasting, and wikis. The author also provides specific uses and applications of these tools within the library environment to illustrate the Library 2.0 concept. An open framework for library communication or hyperlinked library can result if Library 2.0 philosophies are fully utilized.