Sunday, January 3, 2010

Book: Library 2.0 and Beyond

Library 2.0 and Beyond: Innovative Technologies and Tomorrow's User, edited by Nancy Courtney, is an introductory book on Web 2.0 technology as used in libraries.  Published in 2007, most of the essays were written a few years prior, making them out-of-date with current Library 2.0 technology.  One example in the section on Wiki's, which does not mention the currently more popular LibGuides.

As Library 2.0 is constantly being discussed in my classes and was the focus of many of my projects this semester, I was very interested to read about the topics by the people who introduced or were among the first to use them.  What I found most fascinating was the chapter on cataloging and ways to make a library catalog more user friendly, often in an Amazon-type way.  After reading this, I now will be doing further research into WPopac, which now appears to be called Scriblio, a free, opensource, WordPress-based technology to attach to an online catalog to "offer rich content management features for all a library’s content" (according to the Scriblio website).

I would recommend this book to librarians who are new to Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 and to people who know the technology but are interested in the historical background of the ideas.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Amanda, looks like the comment feature works fine. I am enjoying this blog, always nice to learn something totally different.


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