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Library 2.0: Good practices

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Good practices for integrating Web 2.0 tools in library services

1. Web 2.0 tools, such as blogs, RSS, social networking sites and Wikis, should be used with well-defined purposes and standard norms. This step will improve the reliability of Web 2.0 tools and improve the participation of patrons in activities of libraries.

2. Libraries may use podcasts and/or vodcasts whenever learning is based on audio or visual clues. Visual clips of the latest events may be provided as feeds over podcast. This step helps in marketing the libraries and improves their credibility in society.
3. Libraries should create blogs in order to cater to the needs of specific groups of patrons. However, the number of blogs should not be too high or else it will lead to scattering the users across the blogs with very low number of participants in each blog. The libraries can use blogs for announcing new developments and events. The blogs should be accessible to all, but comment may be added by authorized students only.

4. Libraries may publish guidelines for using various Web 2.0 tools. Students may be asked to respect intellectual property rights when referring to knowledge resources owned by others. Knowledge resources should be properly cited and credited. Students should also avoid posting any confidential information.

5. Visual clips, explaining various procedures and functions of the library, may be provide as vodcasts. The delivery of audio or video clips requires high-speed Internet connectivity. Audio/video clips of short size can be easily delivered by podcast/vodcast. The length of single audio/video clips is usually 3-5 min.

6. Lectures and demonstrations can be provided on podcast, so that students who have missed the lecture can watch at their convenience.

7. Web 2.0 tools are a new concept. In the initial phase of their studies, students should be trained to use various Web 2.0 tools. Small training modules should be used as the starting point.

8. Web 2.0 tools are community based learning applications; therefore, the support and participation of patrons is critical to the success of Web 2.0 tools. Students and faculty members should be taught to incorporate these tools in order to form an intellectual virtual community.

9. The libraries and information centers should create flyers and
bookmarks that contain brief information about blogs, RSS and Wikis
used in the library. These flyers should be distributed during orientation classes and informal visits to various departments. The library should provide links to Web 2.0 tools from university and library homepages. A brief introduction of activities offered using Web 2.0 tools and any updates should be placed on the library’s website or communicated
directly to students through flyers.

10. Libraries may create a Wiki account, where students and teachers can create content, providing users with an opportunity to contribute in the virtual community through Wiki. Henderson State University’s library has created a Wiki account, which includes “Student Discussion” and “Staff” sub accounts.

11. Wikis may be developed as subject guides. Wikis may offer guidance and explain general search tips about how to locate articles or books from the library.

12. The library should provide RSS feeds to communicate about scheduled
podcasts/vodcasts and events of the university, as well as new books that are added to the collection.


Adapted from:
Use of Web 2.0 tools in academic libraries: A reconnaissance of the
international landscape. Manorama Tripathia, ,  and Sunil Kumar. The International Information & Library Review, Volume 42, Issue 3, September 2010, Pages 195-207

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August 31, 2010 at 7:48 pm

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Web 2.0 tools are largely used among academic libraries

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at least on the U.S., in U.K., Canada & Australia… according a new study.

The study covered the libraries of 277 universities. There was considerable variation in the use of Web 2.0 tools. It is found that 211 libraries (76.2%) had adopted at least one of the Web 2.0 tools, whereas 66 of them (23.8%) did not use any of the Web 2.0 tools.

Conclusion: Earlier libraries were places to visit and collect information; now, with the implementation of Web 2.0 tools, they have transformed into places which can be visited from remote locations with information being not only collected, but contributed, too.

Web 2.0 tools can take the services of libraries beyond their walls by connecting common individuals as consumers and contributors to libraries.

Academic libraries may reach a new generation of users who are not formal teachers and students of the institutions.

Thus, applications of Web 2.0 tools may bring change in the  relationship between users and libraries by improving the  involvement of users in the activities of libraries. (…)

The sophistication of the technology should not take precedence over its pedagogical relevance.

The judicious use of these tools can lead to transformation of libraries into  active knowledge hubs. Library professionals must use Web 2.0 tools to  offer traditional services in an innovative manner and address the  information requirements of the techno-savvy users.

Use of Web 2.0 tools in academic libraries: A reconnaissance of the
international landscape. Manorama Tripathia, ,  and Sunil Kumar. The International Information & Library Review, Volume 42, Issue 3, September 2010, Pages 195-207

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August 31, 2010 at 7:36 pm

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SciVerse: NextBio applications

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Thanks to its partnership with NextBio, Elsevier could implement in SciVerse the kind of applications below

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August 31, 2010 at 5:15 pm

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Growth of articles download

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According Michael Jubb (the RIN director),

67 UK universities have doubled the number of articles download in 4

(base 100 in 2003/2004 ; 219 in 2006/2007).

Jubb, Michael. What users want. Presentation for a British Library conference: Decoding the digital. 27 July, 2010.

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August 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm

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SciVerse is born!

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As announced earlier, Elsevier successfully launched Sciverse during last week-end.

A few changes:

  • and web sites (as well as alerts) are affected by the SciVerse design (not a success!).
  • ScienceDirect was upgrated with new functionalities like image searching, keywords highlighted in PDF file, etc.

The Hub Sciverse (beta version) works as a kind of search-engine combining

  • Abstracts from Scopus
  • Full-text content from ScienceDirect (ejournals + ebooks)
  • Summaries from SciTopics (a scientific wiki by experts)
  • Web content from Scirus

As far as I have tested, data are well integrated and well deduplicated within the hub.

Bad points:

  • colors & logos are a disaster! (sorry, my personal opinion)
  • In the version I have tested, the interface is too poor in terms of analytic tools: Matching Sentences or Most Prolific Authors applications  by NextBio are not yet implemented;

SciVerse is restricted to Elsevier’s customers.

Commercial pages are under:

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August 30, 2010 at 5:15 pm

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Open Access is good for Science

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Despite a lower quality, prestige and production (90% of OA publishers publish less than 100 articles a year), OA is good for science, according 89% of the 40,000 scientists surveyed by the SOAP Project around the world.

First results were released during the 2nd conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (Prague, Aug. 2010).

  • Chemists are the most reluctant (only 77% in favor)
  • Biological and Medicine sicentists are the most enthusiasts (more than 90% to believe that OA are beneficial to their field)
  • 2/3 of OA journals are in STM
  • 3/4 of articles are in STM
  • OA model
    • improves scholarly communication
    • accelerates science

It is a pity that there is no demographic indication of surveyed scientists: are they only from academia? what percentage from corporate sector?
I would be surprised that Scientists in big pharmas would rate OA journals at 90% of satisfaction..

Presentation of the results:

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August 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm

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How much to download a science article?

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For an individual, cost varies from

  • 0$US for Open access journals
  • to 30-50 $US (prestigious Elsevier’s journals or expensive suppliers like InfoTrieve)

Clearly you couldn’t buy articles one-by-one on a regular basis unless you are rather well off!”

Jacobs, Grant. Scientific article download costs. Code for life, Posted on 17th of July, 2010.

Of course, academic and corporate librarians know that cost per download is (by chance) lower under package subscriptions …

I know that real cost (calculated on annual fee/total of downloads) for institutions would be around 2-5 $US per article: most of the time this kind of information is undisclosed for commercial reasons.

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August 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm