Web 2.0 tools are largely used among academic libraries
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