Friday, November 16, 2007

Web 2.0 & Libraries, Part 2: A Review

Those of you who have been searching for practical and relevant ways to integrate social networking technologies with digital library and repository systems might find the following very useful. The lead author is Michael Stephens of Dominican University; the content is based on his Tame The Web blog as well as his writing, teaching, and roadshows/seminars he has presented with his colleague Jenny Levine over the past two years. Few of the individual bits and pieces pieces were new to me -- see below for some that were! -- but the whole thing presented together was a bit like drinking from a fire hose...

Web 2.0 & Libraries, Part 2: Trends and Technologies

Library Technology Reports, September/October 2007, vol.43/no.5 (ISSN 0024-2586) (pdf of the ToC)

I think this work provides an excellent summary of the current generation of social network technologies, with a particular focus on how librarians are applying these tools to create a set of practices some are labeling Librarian 2.0. Particular focus on how their patrons are using the technologies, and how they need to provide for the patron. This is not a library SOA discussion!!!!

This is a great collection because I find it somewhat frightening (and very exciting) how far along these pieces have come, especially how easily and seamlessly they can and are being mashed together. Also, there were some services that I didn't even know about, esp. Ning, which enables users to assemble their own social networking services, or Netvibes, which lets you mix together anything.

For me, these really set the bar high for how to "make DSpace personal," which clearly means how to make DSpace fit in...

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