January 27, 2006

Library 2.0 ???

Writing about web page http://www.talis.com/downloads/white_papers/DoLibrariesMatter.pdf

Well, I've heard of Web 2.0. It's something that Tim O'Reilly talks about, although its still something of a mystical concept to me. Can't help thinking that its all about the logical progression of existing web technology.

Anyway, now Kevin Chad of Talis and Paul Miller have coined the term for libraries. Read all about their ideas in detail in the paper I've linked to. The basic idea seems to be that Library 2.0 is all about library services that people use without visiting the library itself.

In Library 2.0 the library can use various different technology packages from different providers which can integrate with each other to provide the best service possible. It sounds good if Talis is going to get all the providers of Library Management systems and serials management systems and OpenURL resolvers and cross searching techologies and various other products to talk to each other. Then we could choose the best product from the best provider regardless of whether or not our catalogue comes from that provider. Of course, if it was really going to work, the library technology would have to work with all the University's other systems like student records and authentication packages, etc.

Does that mean that someone, somewhere is talking about University 2.0?


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