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Web 2.0 & Usability

October 25, 2009

The first article I’d like to mention is “Making Web 2.0 Work – From Librarian ‘Habilis’ to Librarian ‘Sapiens‘” by Milica Cvetkovic which poses some interesting points on how libraries have jumped on the Web 2.0 bandwagon and yet don’t effectively use these technologies that make sense considering their patron demographics.  It seems that Web 2.0 itself is not as understood by the general public as we would most like to believe.  Libraries need to understand exactly how these technologies fit into their library’s strategic goals.  It isn’t a matter of adding blogs or creating facebook profiles for the library, it’s a matter of understanding how these technologies are useful considering limitations such as time and people.  If these technologies are not utilized correctly, there is no added benefit of having these as a part of your library.

The second article, “Usability of Web 2.0” suggests several benefits of how to utilize Web 2.0 technologies that really helped me conceptualize the true usefulness of web 2.0.

Enjoy!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephanie Roach permalink
    October 27, 2009 8:52 pm

    Varaxy wrote:
    “If these technologies are not utilized correctly, there is no added benefit of having these as a part of your library.”

    That can definitely be true. On a related point, managers / decision makers do not always understand the technologies’ potential and may be quick to jump on the above bandwagon. If researched and planned, rather than added haphazardly Web 2.0 and social media can be savvy investments. Check out this piece by Jeffrey Levy, the Director of Web Communications at the EPA, on how to get management on board with your social media project.

    http://levyj413.wordpress.com/2009/05/12/how-to-talk-to-managers-about-social-media/

    Thanks,
    Steph

  2. clementmunns permalink
    November 2, 2009 3:18 pm

    I like how this meshes with the real world of libraries.

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