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Library 2.0: a lower adoption in Europe

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In examining six common Web 2.0 applications and 120 library websites,
a study found that libraries in North America lead significantly in the adoption of Web 2.0 applications compared to their European and Asian counterparts.

Across all libraries, the order of popularity of Web 2.0 applications implementation is as follows:

  • blogs,
  • RSS,
  • instant messaging,
  • social networking services,
  • wikis,
  • and social tagging applications

Blogs are commonly used to generate interest in subject-specific topics as well as to engage users.

Libraries use wikis in their websites to cull resources thematically from users.

Libraries that adopt RSS mostly use it to communicate news and events, updates of resources or collection on their websites.

Libraries that promote social tagging provide a link to websites such as Connotea,, and Digg

Libraries use social networking services such as Facebook and MySpace as an alternative channel of communication as well as to forge personalized connections with their users.

Chua, Alton Y.K. & Goh, Dion H. A study of Web 2.0 applications in library websites. Library & Information Science Research, Vol.32, 2010, pp. 203-211


Written by hbasset

July 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm

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