Web 2.0 Technologies: A web based library system

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Web 2.0 Technologies: A web based library system
« on: September 23, 2014, 12:12:53 PM »
Web 2.0 tools facilitate sharing, networking and disseminating information among users and other professional groups.

Web 2.0 is totally a technological-based modern concept before the professionals. It supposed to be much more about the working culture and willingness to communicate openly in virtual network. User participation is the key for the successful implementation of social software perception in the virtual world. Therefore library should think and crack the challenges to stand as good social partner in the online collaborative environment. The subsequent challenges should mull over while implementing social software in library.

The potentiality and credibility of librarian is a question mark in the age of information landscape where technology is changing drastically. The ongoing debate is on role of libraries “inefficient, limited and obsolete” (Crawford, 2006). Libraries and Librarians more important but they need to change. The geometric increase in the quantity and quality of information, greater access, easy and quick retrieval of information are most crucial issues in scenario of knowledge sharing and management. Also virtual presence of libraries is seems to be great debate for future.

Library websites of universities are virtual presentation of the university libraries to the world and are considered as a window for providing its services to the users electronically even outside the library walls. They are library’s virtual public face- the quasi equivalent of the front door, signage, pathfinders, collections or surrogates to the collections, services, and to an extent, its people.

Library users are becoming more dependent on web resources owing to its ease of use and anywhere or anytime accessibility. This is mainly due to the way the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and services have influenced the library services. When a user is in need of information, the first thing that comes to mind is the web.

Earlier academic libraries were “place-based” service providing institutions and users visited the library to consult the catalogue and use the physical collection of books, journals, CDs, etc. With the rapid changes in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT), library and information centers have been completely transformed. Web 2.0 tools have overcome the barriers to communication and the distance between the libraries and users.

Dr. Md. Milan Khan