Library 2.0

  • Elching Chingiz oglu Mammadov. (2014). Opportunities for using Wiki technologies in building digital library models. Library Hi Tech News, 31(2), 5-8
  • Kaushik, A. & Arora, J. (2012). Blogs on marketing library services. DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 32(2), 186-192.

Elching Chingiz oglu Mammadov discusses the possibilities in using Wikipedia to create interactive information system platforms. It would allow for more visible content and because user could participate in the building process, it encourages ownership and crowd involvement. Metadata would be incorporated as created. Possible downfalls to this model are a cluttered appearances, as it is harder to shape information for aesthetics in a raw display. Also, it would be necessary to establish rules and guidelines with users, to lessen the likelihood of irresponsible users. Benefits include the increased likelihood of collaboration, availability of information on a free and more easily manipulated system, and the ability to be transparent before user bases. Accountability of information accuracy and consistency is possible.

Blogging is very prevalent in social media. Per Kausik and Arora, about 120,000 blogs are created in a day and as of 2011, there were almost 160 million public blogs published to the internet. That’s a lot of voices and a lot of information content! Because blogs encourage communication and e-based connections, through comment features, they can provide wonderful opportunities to build support bases and share information across a vast expanse. Blogs that market library services are currently few and far between. Because of the ability to link to external (and internal) sites, videos, and other media forms through hyperlinks, blogging could be a great tool to announce upcoming events, share new content (research collections) or recently published/acquired materials. When/if institutions decide to engage in blogging, it is necessary to utilize tools that allow users to remain updated and plugged into the content, such as RSS feeds and podcasts. From my personal experiences, it seems that archives and research facilities are much more likely to publish blogs than libraries…but this may be just my limited experience.


About A. M.

Information professional focusing on academic librarianship through a critical lens. Research interests include education and multiliteracies, critical race theory, gender studies, and African American studies. I am currently employed as an academic librarian. I am also a family genealogist in the process of uncovering the people and places behind my ancestry. I enjoy digging up new facts, reading, and writing in my free time. My opinions and thoughts are my own.

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