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Library 2.0 technologies and academic libraries

December 5, 2008
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Staff and students from DIS visited Online Information 2008 earlier this week.  Anne Morris presented a paper on Library 2.0 technologies in academic libraries, a case study of student use and perceptions (co-authored with Katie Allen).   The paper outlined the findings of a survey of students from the Department who were polled on their library use, their library 2.0 use, and their perceptions on Library 2.0 technologies, using Web 2.0 applications from the Pilkington Library as a case study.

The results indicated that the students held mildly positive views about Library 2.0.  They welcomed RSS feeds, podcasting, Instant Messaging, and professional reviews of books but had reservations about the usefulness of social networking.  The study then discussed the perceived benefits of and barriers to the use of Library 2.0 technologies.

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