Do You Web 2.0?

Do You Web 2.0?

Public Libraries and Social Networking

1st Edition - May 3, 2011

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  • Author: Linda Berube
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843344360
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632568

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Web 2.0 technology is a hot topic at the moment, and public librarians in particular are beginning to feel the pressure to apply these tools. Indeed, Web 2.0 has the potential to transform library services, but only if the policy and strategy for those services are ready to be transformed. The author not only reviews these tools and provides practical advice and case studies on how they can be applied in the public library setting, but also recommends the policies and business cases that begin to create a new strategy for public libraries.

Key Features

  • Particularly geared to the public library setting
  • Advice on using in conjunction or integrated with other public library services
  • Examples of best practice


Public librarians

Table of Contents

  • List of figures

    List of acronyms

    About the author



    Do you Web 2.0? A confession

    About the book

    About the readers of this book

    Part I: Public libraries and social networking: can we Web 2.0?

    Chapter 1: Public libraries and digital climate change

    A sign of the times

    We’ve been here before

    ‘By increment or revolution’

    Chapter 2: Web 2.0 ethos: hive mind and the wisdom of the crowd

    Do you Web 1.0?

    Or do you Web 2.0? The sliding scale of implementation

    To Web 2.0 or Library 2.0?

    Part II: Web 2.0 tools and the librarians who love them: an overview

    Chapter 3: Do you Web 2.0? A round-up of Web 2.0 in public libraries

    All the news that’s fit to stream: RSS, blogs and podcasts

    It pays to share: photos, video, music, social networking

    Putting it all together: start pages and mash-ups

    Somewhere in the middle: wikis

    Do librarians really trust the wisdom of the crowd? Folksonomies, social bookmarking, tagging, social catalogues


    Part III: By increment and revolution: libraries getting to Web 2.0

    Chapter 4: A tale of one country

    The challenge to libraries

    Why British public libraries?

    A bit of UK public library pre-history

    A hierarchy of library online implementation


    Part IV: ‘Tilling the soil, seeding the ideas’: the Web 2.0 business case

    Chapter 5: Introducing Web 2.0

    The experiment level

    Proof of concept or pilot level

    Live service level

    Business case and participation framework

    Building the (business) case

    Business case best practice as exemplified in the case studies

    Chapter 6: Exceeding your stretch: a conclusion

    In the beginning, the future

    A stretch too far?

    References and resources


Product details

  • No. of pages: 160
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2011
  • Published: May 3, 2011
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843344360
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632568

About the Author

Linda Berube

Linda Berube is no stranger to using web services to transform public libraries. As a regional manager for e-services and e-procurement, she not only oversaw the distributed interoperability of library management systems, but also created and managed the implementation of a co-operative national chat service, the People's Network Enquire, in which over 100 English authorities and 500 staff participated. Enquire was voted overwhelmingly the People's Network service which added value to library service, by librarians in an independent study of the People's Network by the Tavistock Institute.

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Legal Deposit Advisory Panel, UK

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