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Local Community in the Era of Social Media Technologies

A Global Approach

Social media technologies can help connect local communities to the wider world. Local Community in the Era of Social Media Technologies introduces the experience of bringing a local community to the world. This book, with the model of Santa Cruz County, California, develops a truly global approach to the subject. The first section of the book covers the early efforts of recording the local Santa Cruz area, before moving on to deal with Library 1.0. The next section looks at the present situation with Library 2.0 and its benefits. The book ends with a discussion of future directions and the implications of Library 3.0 and beyond.

Practitioners and students in Library and Information Science

Paperback, 304 Pages

Published: August 2013

Imprint: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84334-696-8


  • "The value...lies in its main key feature: the sharing of practical experiences of presenting local information to the world. It is intended for persons interested in embracing Web 2.0 technologies to improve the services they render to their individual communities."--Online Information Review,Vol 38, No. 5, 2014


  • Part 1 History: Never a dull moment: Local community: A long view; Santa Cruz Public Library, California: A brief review; The rise of local authors and content; Putting Davenport on the map. Part 2 The era of library 1.0: Santa Cruz Public Library: Community on the web; Shanghai Library: Windows to the world; Oslo Public Library: Digital efforts. Part 3 Present: Library 2.0: Santa Cruz Public Library: Learning and using Library 2.0; Bibliotheca Alexandrina: carry forward capital of memory; Oslo Public Library: rejuvenated OPAC. Part 4 Social media for local community: Using social tools: Staff Picks in blogs; YouTube: the power of crowdsourcing; Using social networks: Pinterest; Using social sites: Twitter and Weibo; Using social sites: Facebook and Renren. Part 5 Future: Library 3.0 and beyond: Local needs vs. global resources; The librarian’s role as information manager; The librarian’s role as teacher; The librarian’s role as leader; The librarian’s role as innovator in transforming the OPAC; Technology, staff, and community.


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