Discovering the Latest in Web 2.

0 Developments
by Connie Crosby Toronto, Ontario, Canada May 2007

What is Web 2.0
•phrase coined 2004 by Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media •second generation of web-based service •user creates own content •perpetual Beta

Web 2.0 Key Phrases:


What makes it possible?
•AJAX: •not one technology, but a group of technologies •stands for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML •web pages exchange small amounts of data behind the scenes, making them appear more responsive •increases web page interactivity, speed & usability

Library 2.0
“The heart of Library 2.0 is user-centered change. It is a model for library service that encourages constant and purposeful change, inviting user participation in the creation of both the physical and the virtual services they want, supported by consistently evaluating services”
- Michael Casey & Laura C. Savastinuk, Library Journal, September 2006.
Slide source: Amanda Etches-Johnson, Special Library 2.0: the highs, the lows, and everything in between (Nov. 23, 2006)

What is Library 2.0

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coined by Michael Casey at service philosophy harnessing input of library users?--

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e.g adding tagging, folksonomy to OPAC open up catalog to allow users to change/ contribute? t a i l”

harness the “l o n g

The Long Tail...

...with apologies to Chris Anderson!

Library 2.0
“The beauty of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 is the level of integration and interoperability that is designed into the interface through your portal or intranet. That!s where the real power to enhance the user experience is.”
- Stephen Abram, SirsiDynix OneSource, January 2006.
Slide source: Amanda Etches-Johnson, Special Library 2.0: the highs, the lows, and everything in between (Nov. 23, 2006)

Blogs -inside the firm
• internal - reference staff sharing gems • by topic for practice groups • what’s new in the Library • what’s new in your firm

Blogs - outside the firm
• individuals sharing with colleagues • collaborative blogs with specific audience • solo practitioners showing their expertise • law firms speaking to niche clientele / marketing

The Mighty RSS Feed

New titles RSS feed

Underlying XML code of RSS feed

The new titles RSS feed seen via aggregator (“FeedReader”)

Publisher feeds grouped together

Creating RSS news feeds for the intranet

Lexis Publisher in use

Do you wiki?
collaborative research group presentations conference organization unconference organization:

Emerging Web 2.0 Applications and Trends

Podcasts & videocasts
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on-going serial available as a feed portable (not just desktop, but MP3 player too!) Check This Out!

What for?

legal research training

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professional development promotional tool 15 minutes of fame on YouTube


Capture the screen and the audio (your discussion) Record short segments for training Post to your intranet for self-training Camtasia Studio, Macromedia Captivate and others...

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Tag clouds - professional networking

Who do you have in common?

Google home page

Google home page - selecting content

Exploring the power of video

The masses are becoming organized!

Second Life - law library

Photo by meg@nsulaw

REALLY New stuff
• TWITTER --> twitterrific • NING new social network • Jaiku (pronounced the same as “haiku”)

Getting started

Start with “low-hanging fruit”
• set up a few RSS feeds on • set up a wiki with Share it with others. • start a blog at or • ask me for an invitation to LinkedIn. • social bookmarking with

What will work best for your firm?
• wikis are for collaboration on convergent ideas • blogs more appropriate for divergent/individual ideas • security - passwords? inside firewall? • privacy restrictions • technology barriers - people & IT depts. • not everyone comfortable with sharing

Use appropriate tools...

Keeping up to date
find some favorite blogs and read them articles on watch other industries, academic libraries, public libraries start using the tools

Some best practices
stay current with major Web 2.0 developments learn how to use the major tools (blogs, wikis, RSS readers) encourage staff to play with/learn Web 2.0 tools if not “permitted” at work, learn outside the office implement as appropriate for your organization

Major Directories

• Blawg Directory - • Schucha List • - • The Blogging Libraries Wiki

References - Books

Christopher Locke, et al. The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual. Perseus Publishing, 2001. Chris Anderson. The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More. Hyperion, 2006. Robert Scoble and Shel Israel. Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk With Customers. Wiley, John & Sons, 2006. http:// Dan Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. Penguin Group, 2006.

References - Blogs
• • • • • • • • by Jim Milles, Faculty of Law, University at Buffalo - course on teaching legal research by Steve Matthews, Clark Wilson LLP - law firms by Scott Vine, Clifford Chance UK - cooperative Canadian blog on electronic legal research by Michael Stephens - public and academic by Stephen Abrams - public and academic by Jenny Levine - public and academic - Second Life Library 2.0

References - more
• • • - - articles edited by Sabrina Pacifici - Check This Out! podcast for law librarians by Jim Milles - Law Library Buzz - McMaster University Library blog

• • - Amanda Etches-Johnson’s blog - Web 2.0/Library 2.0 presentation wiki for SLA Toronto chapter Blogging Libraries Wiki by Amanda Etches-Johnson title=Welcome_to_the_Blogging_Libraries_Wiki

Thank you!

Contact: Connie Crosby Toronto, Ontario