Friday, 21 December 2007

Library 2.0 initiatives in Academic Libraries

This book, edited by Laura B. Cohen has apparently just been published. Here are some details :
Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries is a hybrid book and wiki presenting twelve case studies of significant Library 2.0 initiatives in academic libraries. Following its publication, the authors will write regularly updated reports about their initiatives for at least two years on a wiki hosted by the Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL), located at The case studies describe several emerging practices of Library 2.0. These include varied uses of networked social software and open data formats to add value to and distribute library resources and services. Other cases describe 2.0 ways of pedagogy, the provision of services in physical and online spaces where students congregate, online catalog enhancements, and the creation of feature-rich interfaces for accessing digital research collections. The authors describe the use of such tools as blogs, wikis, podcasts, IM, RSS, XML, Web services, mashups, and social computing to illustrate their efforts to forge new models of scholarly communication in academic environments.
There are several interesting-sounding IL chapters inckuding:
"Building Library 2.0 into Information Literacy: A Case Study" by Susan Sharpless Smith, Erik Mitchell, and Caroline Numbers, Wake Forest University.
"Discussing Student Engagement: An Information Literacy Course Blog"
Gregory Bobish, University at Albany, State University of New York.

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