Library 2.0: Good practices
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.
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