Andrew Eynon’s Library Blog

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Library 2.0 in Further Education (FE) libraries

Posted by andrewey on July 9, 2008

I am currently engaged in a CyMAL (Museums Archives Libraries Wales) funded Inspiring Learning project looking at the use of Web 2.0 technologies in the context of further education in Wales.

This will be the first of a series of posts looking at issues surrounding Library 2.0 and Web 2.0 in the context of FE library services.

What is Library 2.0?

Library 2.0 is more than simply the use of Web 2.0 technologies it is about applying the philosophy of web 2.0 (i.e. facilitating user engagement and participation) to all library activities.

As a starting point I will use the Library 2.0 Meme map produced by Bonaria Biancu

Library 2.0 Meme Map Bonaria Biancu

Library 2.0 Meme map by Bonaria Biancu

 This model defines Library 2.0 as being a library services that is

User centred

Aware of emerging technologies

Meeting the needs of the user’s long tail (this is the concept that whilst retailers are geared up to meet high demand items, library services are best suited to providing the hard to find material be it books, film or audio)

Providing content for more than one device e.g. mobile technologies

Providing component-based software – I’m assuming this means providing providing specific software to meet specific needs rather than assuming one piece of software ie Library Management System meets all needs

In a state of constant change – that services and facilitites are in a state of flux and that we should not be afraid to experiment with new technology

Using Web 2.0 applications – This is what is generally assumed to be the definition of Library 2.0 – I will look at the use of specific Web 2.0 tools in later posts

Open standards – the ability to customise software solutions

The map also contains reference to other features of Library 2.0 relevant to FE:

Integration with e-learning

The provision of ‘loud spaces’ for collaborative exercises and as social space

‘Library without barriers’

‘Library is everywhere’ – library service not confined by the four walls of the LRC

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