Wednesday, 30 September 2009

What is Library 2.0?

Almost exactly a year ago I posted a blog saying that Helen Partridge, at Queensland University of Technology, had been awarded funding to look at Library 2.0 in library and information Education. For a while there has been a blog associated with this project: the LIS Education 2.0 project
It has postings every week or so, and is an interesting one to follow, I think.

Amongst other things, it alerted me to an article that came out a couple of months ago:
Holmberg, K. et al. (2009) "What is Library 2.0?" Journal of Documentation, 65 (4), 668-681.
They come up with a definition from the study that they did, namely:
"Library 2.0 is a change in interaction between users and libraries in a new culture of
participation catalysed by social web technologies." (p677)
This puts the focus on the interaction rather than the library, the technology or the users.

Monday, 28 September 2009

A new review of our book!

Monica Blake provides a review of our book, Information Literacy meets Library 2.0, in the latest edition of Library and Information Research (Volume 33 Number 104, 2009)
You can find it at

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Delicious links to Twitter

You can now opt to send a bookmark on delicious to twitter. This could be a powerful way of sharing quickly. When filling in the details on the delicious proforma an option to do this is offered. My first experience of this mirrored many of my other experiences of using a new (to me) service : kick it and swear a few times and eventually it works for you.
Perhaps I was unlucky but I shall keep trying this as it is potentially a time-saver.
Anybody else any experience of this?

Monday, 21 September 2009

You Tube - a new tool for Information Literacy

After a long holiday break in Bavaria I am back! Takes a few days to read all those hundreds of e-mails, blog posts and catch up! Ugh!

Just came across a really useful and inspiring presentation from Dana Dukic in Hong Kong about the use of YouTube. After a background summary of YOuTube it highlights how YouTube is being used in some Libraries. In particular it cites University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Z Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University;Cornell University ; UCLA ; Bob Baker's Info Literacy Channel, Pima Community College, Tucson ; Paul Robeson Library Channel at Rutgers University ; University of South Florida ; Georgia Tech. "YouTube - a goldmine for library instruction videos". Really glad to see someone else saying that! When and if I get time, one day I will write an article along these lines.