Web 2.0 and Library 2.0
There has been a lot of talk about these two terms Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 in the past few months but what do they mean and how does this affect your library? To explain what Web 2.0 is we need to first understand what Web 1.0 is. Web 1.0 is the web’s first generation defined as searching or browsing sites to find and access information, products, and services. Web 2.0 evolves from this structure to a platform that supports relationships and services – both human and automated – across sites, and in the process is dramatically reshaping the way we use and interact with it.
It is the movement from the Semantic Web (Web 1.0) to the Social Web (Web 2.0). The Semantic Web relies on computers to generate and organize content and taxonomies are used for structure. With the Social Web, people generate, organize and analyze content and folksonomies are used for structure. From this, we transition into Library 2.0 which means turning library websites into interactive, user-centric sites that allow for user-contributed content and media-rich information such as email alerts, blogs, and intranet postings.
University of Pennsylvania has begun a social bookmarking experiment with their online catalog. PennTags, http://tags.library.upenn.edu/, allows users to communally collect and share web sites, links, blogs, and other content. OCLC has also begun allowing users to contribute content to library records as part of their Find in a Library web service accessible via Open WorldCat and WorldCat.Org. Users are able to add notes, tables of contents, and reviews.
Look for more information about Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 in the next issue of Reference Notes.