The Effect of Social Software on Academic Libraries

The Effect of Social Software on Academic Libraries

Maria Cassella (University of Torino, Italy) and Licia Calvi (NHTV University of Breda, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2178-7.ch010
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This chapter presents the results of a survey of Dutch and Italian academic libraries conducted to identify how academic libraries deal with the growing adoption of social media for professional purposes, and how they consider this adoption as the only possible way for them to reposition themselves among an audience that is more and more involved with social media. The results, surprisingly, show that although the interest and the need for such an adoption are felt rather strongly, the complete conversion to a library 2.0 is still not in reach. Many respondents, especially in the Dutch context, were interested in the outcome of this study to help them decide which direction they should take.
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Web 2.0: Definition And Features

To date there is no authoritative definition of Web 2.0, a term coined in 2004 in San Francisco during a brainstorming conference session between Tim O'Reilly and MediaLive International. In 2006 O’Reilly attempted to clarify the concept and to give a broad definition of what he meant by the neologism.

Web 2.0 is the business revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the internet as platform, and an attempt to understand the rules for success on that new platform. Chief among those rules is this: Build applications that harness network effects to get better the more people use them. (This is what I've elsewhere called “harnessing collective intelligence”.) (O'Reilly, 2006)

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