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To get you familiar with the concepts of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0, the first exercise involves a little reading.  Below are some ways to describe Web 2.0 and a couple of articles on these topics.  To complete this exercise, read about Web 2.0 and then at least one article on Library 2.0.  Don't forget to send an email to Terzah when you are done so that we can record your progress.



Web 2.0 Articles


1) For a short explanation, try this


2) When in doubt, go to Wikipedia!  Their article on Web 2.0 is a good summary of popular definitions.


3) A long debate over how best to define "Web 2.0" began with the September 2005 article by tech publisher Tim O'Reilly called What Is Web 2.0: Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software .  It's a long and somewhat business-jargon-heavy but interesting article.  If it's too much for you, skim the top part but read carefully the list of seven core "Core Competencies of Web 2.0 Companies" at the end.



Library 2.0 Articles


1) Start with Library Journal for your introduction to Library 2.0!  This article, Library 2.0: Service for the next-generation library, ran in September 2006.  It's by Michael E. Casey and Laura C. Savastinuk, whose recent book, Library 2.0: A Guide to Participatory Library Service, is in our collection at call number 025.1 C.  The book's introduction is also a useful overview of Library 2.0.


2) From the American Library Association: Library 2.0 In the Real World, from January of 2006, looks at taking the public view of the catalog (the OPAC) and making it user-friendly using 2.0 ideas.


3) A Librarian's 2.0 Manifesto, from November 2006, is a list of declarations that clearly outlines what staff in all types of libraries need to be thinking about in terms of Library 2.0.  Be sure to read the comments and note how posting this 2.0 manifesto on a 2.0 technology (a blog) demonstrates the principle of community of information sharing and creation.


4) Wikipedia again!  Here is their article defining and discussing Library 2.0. 


Using Web 2.0 to discuss Library 2.0 


There are many blogs, wikis, and social network sites now devoted to Library 2.0.  Explore some of these or find some of your own.


The Other Librarian To get you thinking more about how to apply Library 2.0 in the real world, check out this library blog posting about low cost, low risk ways to implement Library 2.0 in a public library.


Library 2.0 A social networking site for "Library 2.0 Stuff" hosted on Ning.


Library 2.0  American Library Association (ALA) blog.


Library 2.0: An Academic's Perspective From Laura Cohen, Web Support Librarian at University of Albany, SUNY.


Remember Your User Names and Passwords!


As you work your way through this program, you'll come to realize that using 2.0 technologies means creating free accounts online (for your own blog and more). Most of the tools we've chosen here are open Internet sites, unaffiliated with Boulder Public Library and the City of Boulder. This means you'll be coming up with several different user names and passwords for yourself, and you'll need to remember them in whatever way you usually keep track of this kind of private information. If you have questions about anything related to this, email Terzah at the address below.


Which of These Technologies Will BPL Use?


A lot of people ask us, "Which of these technologies are we actually going to use?" Well, as you saw on the Home page of this wiki and have probably noticed elsewhere, we're already using some 2.0 tools at BPL: our teens are podcasting, our calendar features an RSS feed and many of our patrons now regularly download audio books and music through Overdrive. But the sky's the limit, and it's your good ideas that will ultimately answer the question. We'd love it if you'd share those ideas on this site. To see what some of your coworkers think about BPL and 2.0, click the Staff Ideas link on the sidebar. To share your own ideas there, email them to Terzah and ask her to post them.


Tracking Your Progress


After you finish your readings, you have completed the first exercise of the ten in the BPL 2.0 program!  You can do as many as you like, but only staff who complete all ten are entered in the prize drawing for Boulder Bookstore gift cards.


But how do you qualify?  Good question!  By sending an email to Terzah (beckert@bouldercolorado.gov) each time you finish a lesson.  After reading about Library 2.0 and Web 2.0, you should be getting excited about the new things you are going to learn in this program.  So for credit for this exercise, include in your email how you would complete the phrase, "The BPL 2.0 lesson I'm looking forward to most is..."

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