This blog was created for the assignment “Web 2.0 Technologies: Tools and Services in Libraries” for LIBR 500: Foundations of Information Technology, a core course in the School of Library, Archives and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

In this blog, I will be exploring the use of Web 2.0 technologies used in various libraries around the world. What is Web 2.0 you ask? Think of it this way: when the World Wide Web first came into popular use a mere couple of decades ago, there were basically two sides to the experience, the site maker and the visitor to the site. Web sites were made to be read and the production/consumption model was clear. That era could be considered Web 1.0, the original WWW. Nowadays the Web is much more interactive. Sites are not just for consumption anymore, but for tagging, commenting, cutting and pasting, sharing, experiencing and mashing. This era of Web interactivity is known as Web 2.0, or the next generation of the Web.

Not everyone agrees on this definition, or even that the terms 1.0, 2.0 or even 3.0 should be used at all when it comes to describing the Web. My goal in this blog is not to debate that. I believe we need some way to describe and talk about where we are now with regards to the Web as information technology, and so the term Library 2.0 is a theme for this project. Here I’ll talk about various Library 2.0 tools such as blogs, social bookmarking, microblogging, social networking, wikis and virtual worlds. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read on…

My Desk

Library 1.0 technology. Photo copyright the author.

A note on media used in this project: All effort has been made to use images and media without infringing on copyright. Header image for librareegeek is copyright the author. All videos can be linked back to their sources by clicking on the “Watch on YouTube” icon. All videos without source coding available for sharing have been removed. The availability of source coding for sharing is understood as constitution of permission to share. All images (other than the header image and the above image, which are by me) have been obtained by Creative Commons and are attributed to the photographer. All links have been checked and were still active as of December 5, 2010.


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