Web 2.0 & Libraries 1 & 2

I am happy to announce the full text of both of my ALA Library Technology Reports are available now at the new TTW companion site The Hyperlinked Library.

Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software (2006) – http://thehyperlinkedlibrary.org/libtechreport1/

Web 2.0 & Libraries: Trends & Technologies (2007) – http://thehyperlinkedlibrary.org/libtechreport2/

Special thanks to my SJSU SLIS grad assistant Patrick Siebold who worked very hard the past few weeks inputting the content. I know the examples from ’06 and ’07 may seem out of date and quaint in some ways, but I’m very proud of the framework we used for the works back then. Conversations, Community, Connections, Collaborations – all those great C words Jenny Levine and I used throughout our early social software roadshows in 2005 & 2006 provide a useful context for looking at Web 2.0. I hope these works are still useful to some of you.

Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software

Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software, by librarian, author, and technology trainer Michael Stephens. A comprehensive, pass-around resource you and your fellow library staff members can consult to plan your library’s social-software initiatives, Stephens’s report details numerous successful library implementations of some of today’s most used social-software tools, including:

  • Weblogs (blogs)
  • Podcasts
  • RSS feeds
  • Instant Messaging (IM)
  • Wikis
  • Flickr

In the issue, Stephens illustrates how libraries across North America are embracing social software to reach out to their patrons—the report isbrimming with examples of libraries’ cutting-edge social-software useand strategies, implementation case histories, and best-practicesuggestions.”Some see…Web 2.0 as a set of ever-evolving tools that can benefit online users,” notes Stephens in the report’s introduction. “With these tools, users can converse across blogs, wikis, and at photo-sharing sites…via comments or through online discussions…. Some libraries and librarians are involved in creating conversations, connections, and community via many of these social tools, but it may be time for more librarians to explore how these tools can enhance communication with users….”Among the libraries discussed in the report:

Filled with library-literature resource lists (print and Web-basedjournal articles, blog and wiki references, etc.) and with stories andinterviews about numerous organizations, Stephens’s report highlightsthe inroads that libraries have made (and are making)—by using social software—withtheir virtual and physical users in our increasingly Web 2.0 world.”Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software” (Library Technology Reports, 42:4) is available from ALA TechSource. To buy a single issue of the report, or to subscribe to Library Technology Reports, visit the ALA TechSource bookstore at https://publications.techsource.ala.org/bookstore.

Web 2.0 & Libraries, Part 2: Trends and Technologies

Social software, more ubiquitous than ever, continues to have a profound impact on information and communication in the Information Age.From the American Library Association to social software news aggregation, it’s clear the trend toward utilizing “Web 2.0” technologies for information and communication in the 21st century is growing stronger.In “Web 2.0 & Libraries, Part 2: Trends and Technologies,” librarian and educator Dr. Michael Stephens continues his 2.0 work and re-emphasizes the importance of libraries embracing this world of conversation, community, and collaboration.”In this issue [of Library Technology Reports],” he writes, “we’ll revisit some of the social tools presented in ‘Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software,’ address some trends guiding social technology in libraries, take a look at some newer tools, and cover some best practices for using 2.0 tools in your library.”With the “Presence in the 2.0 World ” foreward by Jenny “The Shifted Librarian” Levine, this 80-page issue of Library Technology Reports covers a broad range of Web 2.0 topics, tools, and considerations, including:

  • value-added blogging
  • building a community Web site with a blog
  • Ten Best Practices for Flickr & Libraries
  • libraries and social sites like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube
  • tagging and social bookmarking
  • Messaging in a 2.0 World: Twitter & SMS
  • podcasting
  • The OPAC Rebooted
  • how libraries such as the Hennepin County Library and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library are using 2.0 tools