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Title: Library 2.0

Library 2.0?
  • Adam K. Fantom and Richard W. Smith
  • Instructional Resource Technicians
  • Harford Community College

Who are we?
  • Staff of the Instructional Resource Center (IRC)
    at Harford Community College.
  • The IRC is the team that assists faculty with
    instructional resources and pedagogical
    assistance in the development of online courses.
  • We are part of the Library and Instructional
    Resources Division at HCC.
  • We also assist the Librarian staff in maintaining
    tools for student research.

What is Web 2.0?
  • Term originally used by Tim OReilly of OReilly
    Press. Network of Platforms to better serve
    Internet users.
  • It is a loose term for the second generation of
    web platforms and tools that facilitate
    interactivity between users.

What is Web 2.0?
  • Technology. Web 2.0 sites tend to use emerging
    technology such as AJAX or Ruby On Rails to
    design web tools that promote interactivity.
    Technology is important but not as important as
    the interactivity that occurs in a Web 2.0
  • Social Interaction. Web 2.0 sites promote
    interactivity between sites, user and browser.
    Tim OReilly called it an Architecture of

Examples of Web 2.0
  • MySpace and Facebook
  • Webkinz World
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts
  • Wikis

What we are doing at the HCC Library
  • http//
  • Not a full time project.
  • Use it to market the library to users who would
    not normally use the Library services.
  • Fluid, never ending project.

Where we got our idea
  • University of Michigan MLibrary Labs
  • http//
  • MLibrary Labs is where the University of
    Michigan Library shows off some tools that are
    not quite ready for prime time. These are all
    experiments and may behave unexpectedly.

Now to our Web 2.0 Tools
HCC Library Blog
  • http//
  • The oldest of our Web 2.0 tools
  • Maintained by 1 staff member.
  • Uses, a free tool from Google.
  • Has a published RSS feed.

HCC Library Podcast
  • http//
  • Has been in operation for over 1 year, but only
    recently used for audio podcast. Previously used
    for promoting PDFs of Citation Style Guides.
  • More audio and some video are in production.
  • Has a published RSS feed.
  • Has a presence on iTunes, as well as other
    podcatcher systems.

  • Both the Blog and the Podcast have RSS Feeds
    which can be imported and used by whatever RSS
    Reader Software that you already use.
  • Examples of RSS Reader Software are
  • Google Reader
  • iTunes (for Podcasts) and other podcatcher

  • http//
  • Personalized Start Page provided by Google.
  • We built a iGoogle Gadget that uses the same
    Library Catalog search box that is already found
    on the Library website.
  • Performs a keyword search of the HCC Library
  • We can easily add more information/text to this
    gadget as needed.
  • XML script of this gadget can be used by other
    Web 2.0 tools.

My Yahoo!
  • Personalized Start Page provided by Yahoo.
  • We provide the information needed on how to add
    our Library and Podcast RSS Feeds onto the users
    My Yahoo page.

Firefox Search
  • Firefox has a built-in search box built into the
    browser. Normally, Google is the default search
  • On the Library website, a user of Firefox 2.0 can
    automatically add the HCC Library Catalog as a
    search possibility. They can switch between other
    search technologies and a keyword search of our
    Library Catalog
  • This promotes interactivity between the user,
    their browser and the web.

MySpace Widget
  • A flash based tool that users can add to their
    MySpace Page
  • Provides links to up to the moment posts from our
    RSS feeds.
  • Created by using tools provided at, a News Corp. owned website.
  • Also works on Friendster, Hi5 and Xanga.

What are our future plans to implement Web 2.0
  • Stay fluid. Plan ahead, but be prepared to move
    in different directions
  • Pay attention to what the students are using
    while in the Library.
  • Create a presence on this online
    community for African Americans.
  • Be aware of other cultures, ethnicities and
    populations that we should establish a presence
  • Keep up with new technologies and other Web 2.0
    tools and platforms..
  • Increase the production quantity and quality of
    audio and/or video podcasts.

What are our future plans to implement Web 2.0
  • Add a Facebook tool. Current technology
    limitations are problematic.
  • Add more tools to MySpace. Add a Library Catalog
    search box and/or a dedicated HCC Library MySpace
  • Add a dedicated HCC Library page and/or presence
    on various social networking sites.
  • Half Life.
  • Integrate current Internet Subject
    Guide tool with a tag based categorizing service
    such as Delicious.
  • Wikis. Use them internally for staff
    documentation, as well as externally for FAQ type
    information for students.

What limits our developments with Web 2.0?
  • Technology.
  • Staffing.

New Library website
  • We are on the planning stages of a new Library
  • We hope to implement more Web 2.0 functionality
    and technology.
  • We will provide Usability testing of our current
    site as to best plan for the new site.
  • We will try to make the page as accessible for
    all users.