Exploring Emergent Technologies



Technologies = Social

Online services & tools that enable users to connect, collaborate, customize, and share content; all of which are influenced and enhanced by group dynamics.


so different from regular software?
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“indie” software & developers Evolving (forever Beta) Free Shareable Customizable Growing Web 2.0 concept


social phenomenon referring to an approach to creating and distributing Web content itself, characterized by open communication, decentralization of authority, freedom to share and reuse software companies offering free, innovative, web-based software

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What’s driving Web 2.0?
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Open Source Savvy users/developers Browser functionality Scripts (AJAX, Ruby) Plug-ins Virtual communities


Show & tell

Web 2.0



we’ll discuss today:

RSS  News Readers / Aggregators  Blogs  Social Networks  Instant Messaging


Readers use:

Real Simple Syndication  Rich Site Summary  XML code summarizes web content, sends feed to aggregator

Show & tell

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Website subscription Single interface Updates automatically Automated web surfing Share your subscriptions

Feed display

Feed List

2 Frames

News Readers
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Subscribe using URL Click a chicklet



is a weblog?

A “what’s new” page, updated frequently, detailing thoughts, issues, links, and minutiae of an individual. Web + log = weblog or Blog Blogger = one who blogs

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Free blogging platforms

Anatom y of a Blog

Weblogs: Anatomy

Banner/title of Blog

Most recent “post” on top, usually dated Older posts move to bottom

Blogger, or person(s) responsible for the post, may include a “profile” of Blogger Archived posts You can comment on content

Web 2.0 developments
Social software as response to corporate control  Individuals share software solutions  Greater choice in functionality  Shareable content  Easier dissemination of content  Always Beta

Web 2.0 momentum  Newer publication formats  Hybrids  Still evolving  Corporate vs. maverick software  Shifting strategies

So what?

Wonderful! Just wonderful!...So much for instilling them with a sense of awe.

From Web 2.0 meme to Library 2.0

Meme: a unit of cultural information that represents a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another, and subjected to mutation, crossover, and adaptation.


Social Software – LIBRARY 2.0

Web-based, socially-tested, shareable software utilities and conceptual thinking


Library resources, services, research expertise, and core community service

Social Software – LIBRARY 2.0
Concept is too broad  Library model is just fine  Varies by library type  Lack of concrete examples  Divide of digital/non-digital natives  Control

Social Software – LIBRARY 2.0
Constant change is replacing the older model of upgrade cycles and static services  Comparable tools  Anytime/anywhere access & services  Personalized services



A model for library service that reflects a transition within the library world in the way that services are delivered to library users Harness the library user’s ideas in both design and implementation of services Harvest and integrate ideas and products from peripheral fields into library service models

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Integrate change Develop tools & services Encourage innovation Enhance models that work Educate Experiment Beta works