Schuylkill County Librarians Meeting
December 4, 2009

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What is Web 2.0?

So you don't know what Web 2.0 means, simply put, it's the readability and writability of the internet. It's not a new internet, it's all about the interactivity and productivity applications on the internet that provide you with 24/7 ability to produce, communicate, collaborate, share, store, network and learn. One of the best things about these Web 2.0 applications is that they are FREE!!


Librarian 2.0

Librarian 2.0 is the guru of the information age. Librarian 2.0 strives to
· Understand the power of the Web 2.0 opportunities

· Learn the major tools of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0

· Combine e-resources and print formats and is container and format agnostic

· Is device independent and uses and delivers to everything from laptops to PDAs to iPods

· Develop targeted federated search and adopts the OpenURL standard

· Connect people and technology and information in context

· Doesn’t shy away from non-traditional cataloging and classification and chooses tagging, tag clouds, folksonomies, and user-driven content descriptions and classifications where appropriate

· Embrace non-textual information and the power of pictures, moving images, sight, and sound

· Understand the “long tail” and leverages the power of old and new content

· See the potential in using content sources like the Open Content Alliance, Google Print, and Open WorldCat

· Connect users to expert discussions, conversations, and communities of practice and participates there as well

· Use the latest tools of communication (such as Skype) to connect content, expertise, information coaching, and people

· Use and develops advanced social networks to enterprise advantage

· Connect with everyone using their communication mode of choice – telephone, Skype, IM, SMS, texting, email, virtual reference, etc.

· Encourage user driven metadata and user developed content and commentary

· Understand the wisdom of crowds and the emerging roles and impacts of the blogosphere, Web syndicasphere and wikisphere

First and foremost, Librarian 2.0 understands his or her users at a deep level – not just as pointers and clickers. Librarian 2.0 understands end users deeply in terms of their goals and aspirations, workflows, social and content needs, and more. Librarian 2.0 is where the user is, when the user is there. This is an immersion environment that librarians are eminently qualified to contribute to. Aspects of librarian influenced e-learning and distance education as implemented by our institutions and communities should allow us to contribute to the preparation of our users to acquire and improve their skills and competencies.
It is essential that we start preparing to become Librarian 2.0 now. The Web 2.0 movement is laying the groundwork for exponential business growth and another major shift in the way our users live, work, and play. We have the ability, insight, and knowledge to influence the creation of this new dynamic – and guarantee the future of our profession. Librarian 2.0 – now.

Interesting Articles

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Library 2.0 Theory: Web 2.0 and Its Implications for Libraries

Web 2.0 Tools

Google docs

Google Docs is free and you just need to register to get a user name and password.
It can help you:
  1. Create documents, forms, spreadsheets and presentations. It will also allow you to access them from any location with access to the Web.
  2. Upload and store documents that you have already created.
  3. Collaborate and edit documents with others.
  4. Create a permanent link to your document, spreadsheet or presentation and “publish” it to share with others.

Social bookmarking site

The Web is a big place, full of new and interesting things to discover. The problem is finding the good stuff and keeping track of it all. This is where Delicious can help.
Delicious is a Social Bookmarking service, which means you can save all your bookmarks online, share them with other people, and see what other people are bookmarking. The website can show you the most popular bookmarks being saved right now across many areas of interest. In addition, search and tagging tools help you keep track of your entire bookmark collection and find tasty new bookmarks from people like you.

Social Bookmarking in Plain English - Video


Google Reader lets you subscribe to your favorite websites so new content comes to you when it's posted. Reader keeps track of which things you've read so that when you only see unread items when you come back. If there's a dark blue border around an item, Reader is marking that item as read.

Librarian RSS Feeds

Go to Arts and choose Books.


Library of Congress DIgital Repository

School Library Journal


Even More Web 2.0 Tools!

How Web 2.0 Transforms Librarians

Web 2.0 Resources in School Libraries