Articles on the subject

Library 2.0 Reading List - excellent bibliography of Library 2.0 readings, major thinkers, etc.
First Monday - Great articles on a variety of subjects
Hectic Pace - a great (and perpetually 'cutting edge') blog maintaned by Andrew K. Pace.
Evergreen Open Source ILS - This is an example of an ILS developed on an open source platform
Google and God's Mind - Michael Gorman's (former prez of ALA) take on the Google Project
Michael Gorman Biography - Michael Gorman is a traditionalist, believes that technology is a tool that librarians should use rather than a foundational element of librarianship.
Embedded Librarianship - Library Journal article (Embedded Librarianship is an expression of the new decentralized Library 2.0 platform)
Library 2.0 Job Description - This coincides with the embedded librarianship definition above.
Don't Make Me Think! - Steve Krug manual on usability
HOME RUN - Jakob Nielsen's HOME RUN on usability
10 Quicktips for Web Accessibility - From the Web Accessibility Initiative
Apple Accessibility - Tips for making apple computers accessible
Windows Accessibility - Tips for making Windows computers accessible
What is a library, anymore? - A good article on the Digital vs. Print overview
Open Source ILS at Plymouth State University Casey Bisson, the library's information architect, has managed to create and entire ILS based on Open Source software, including more 'Google Friendly' features such as social tagging, RSS Feeds, etc. Note the search box on the left side of the page.
Do Libraries Matter? - The rise of Library 2.0/A white paper

People to know

Michael Gorman— ALA president, created storm of controversy when he wrote editorial in the LA Times about Google's efforts to digitize entire libraries.
Michael Stephens — Authors of ALA Techsource blog
Paul Miller — Talis "technology evangalist" has written several articles on Library 2.0 and how libraries can harness Web 2.0 tools to add value to their libraries.
Jessamyn West — blogger ( and "radical librarian" see Library Journal profile
Tim O'Reilly — Founder of O'Reilly Media, which coined the Web 2.0 phrase, wrote What is Web 2.0? article in 2005
Tim Berners-Lee — Author of the Semantic Web


Library 2.0


Web 2.0 is an term referring to the ongoing transition to a full participatory Web, with participation including both humans and machines. Web 2.0 is characterized by the following themes:

The Read/Write Web: In which the Web is seen as a two-way medium, where people are both readers and writers. The main catalyst for this is social software, allowing communication and collaboration between two or more people.

The Web as Platform: In which the Web is seen as a programming platform upon which developers create software applications. The main catalyst for this is Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, allowing communication between two or more software applications.

The Semantic Web provides a common framework that allows data to be shared and reused across application, enterprise, and community boundaries. It is a collaborative effort led by W3C with participation from a large number of researchers and industrial partners. It is based on the Resource Description Framework (RDF). See also the separate FAQ for further information.

Technology Trends

LITA (Library & Information Technology Association) has a list of Technology Trends on their website. Each trend contains links to articles on the subject.


Universal Access to Information by Hal Varian: Barriers to accessibility are not technological but rather social, legal, economic. 1. literacy 2. Infrastructure (getting cheaper) 3. Copyright - particularly with orphaned works

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