Library Automation After Web 2.0: Integrating Social Networking Concepts into the Library Infrastructure
Copyright (c) 2009 SEFLIN
Abstract: Libraries have been engaged with Web 2.0 concepts for the last few years with positive results. We’ve seen widespread adoption of blogs, wikis, and interest in social networking sites by libraries. Opening up library resources for end-user interactions, adopting multimedia content, and other Web 2.0 concepts have gone a long way to help libraries resonate with Web-savvy patrons. Yet, the evolution of the Web doesn’t end with Web 2.0. Much of the current use of Web 2.0 components creates silos of content and services that may even channel library users away from the library’s core products. What comes next? How will the next round of library technologies bring social and collaborative concepts into our core technical infrastructure?