Library 2.0 – One real example

In Jack’s article “Library 2.0 Theory: Web2.0 and its implications for libraries”, the author discussed several current technologies and solutions used in libraries. Because I have some experiences with these technologies, I have no problems to understand and imagine how they might work at a library setting. However, for some people who have no experience with these technologies before, maybe it’s difficult for them to understand the concept. Sadly, in this article, Jack didn’t provide any real library example to demonstrate his solution. Luckily, he pointed out that the term “Library 2.0” introduced by Michael Casey. I thought I might be able to find some real examples in library. By looking for Michael Casey’s articles, I came across “Library 2.0: Service for the next-generation library” published on Library Journal in 2006. Happily, I found several real examples in this article and had a chance to visit one site. This is a real library website and provides OPAC and library information same as other libraries do. In addition, it has some special features. This website has a Bookspace section, and any registered users could post their comments online. The library will link these comments to the related book, so that other readers could benefit from these comments before they sign out the book. This service perfectly fits the role of web 2.0 which is interactive and multi-sensory communication.


Here’s the Hennepin County Library website and you might want to check it out.

Try to search the book “the Da Vinci Code” and see how it works.


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