Significance of Web 2.0 Technologies in Libraries

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Significance of Web 2.0 Technologies in Libraries
« on: February 25, 2016, 01:14:29 PM »
]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.

The  application  of Web 2.0 tools can easily help libraries to survive and flourish in the Internet age.  Web  2.0  technologies  have  also  significance  in  the  following  aspects.

a. Powerful: Web   2.0   technologies   can   be   a   powerful   allure   for   an organization;  their  interactivity  promises  to  bring  more  employees  into daily  contact  to  lower   cost.  When   used  effectively,  they   also  may encourage participation in projects and idea sharing.

b. Reduced  Cost:  Using  web  2.0  technologies,  most  often  report  greater ability to share ideas, improved access to knowledge experts and reduced costs of communications, travel and operations.

c. Satisfaction: The ability to forge closer ties has increased user awareness and   consideration   of   user   activities,   resulting   in   improved   user satisfaction.

d. Easy  Retrieval:  The  users  find  retrieving  information  from  the  Internet easier  than  visiting  a  library.  The  overwhelming  success  of  Internet services  indicates  that  libraries  have  to  evolve  and  change  to  meet  the needs of modern users.

e. Environment :  Web  2.0  is  providing  engines  of  change  for  academic library environment. These tools help library professionals organize their materials, enhance services for users and improve internal functions.
Dr. Md. Milan Khan