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The Next Step: Day-to-day in a 2.0 Library "Ray of Light" St. Joseph County Public Library
The web was once just another way of reading. Just another way to digest material that someone else wanted us to see. The web was once a passive activity. The web has changed dramatically since its inception and hardly resembles its old self. The web today is a collaborative, inventive, engaging, content-creating, interactive phenomena. In fact, many people say that the old web-web 1.0-has morphed so much from its old version that it should be termed a new level of web, a web having metamorphosed into something called web 2.0. The term Web 2.0 encompasses a variety of new aspects of web technology, ranging from web 2.0 virtual reference to blogs and wikis to social networking sites. Many librarians have jumped on the web 2.0 bandwagon with glee and eagerness as ways to engage patrons in another way. However, just because a new tool comes on the market, that does not mean that all will need to use it. Some librarians point out that it serves little purpose to pick up web 2.0 technology because it is trendy; we must use these tools only to fill a need, only if it serves a greater purpose for our libraries. Web 2.0 provides opportunities for librarians to interact with patrons in new ways, and it is the participation of patrons, the social interaction between librarian and patron, that will make a place for web 2.0 technology in the library.Web 2.0, by virtue of its social nature, is striking in particular as a way to reach teen patrons. A majority of teens today have grown up wired into technology (http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/90/presentation_display.asp); teens are born digital. Since the world wide web launched in 1990, today's teen will have been hit with a new web technology almost yearly: Wikipedia in 2001, Skype in 2003, podcasts in 2004, Youtube in 2005, and MySpace in 2006. If libraries do not appeal to teens' natural interests and skills with respect to technology, we do our patrons a disservice. Libraries can meet teens where they already live: web 2.0. Teens' ongoing development of social skills and digital natures make them ideal for using web 2.0 to meet them halfway, to provide a guide through the web cacophony, a kind of virtual roving reference, a collaborative place to work, and a way to interact with the library in ways that might surprise them. The second purpose of our site is to outline how the library can make use of web 2.0 technologies and to show how Teen Services 2.0 can get started on the 2.0 portion of its constituency's needs.
But you can count on the ever-shifting nature of the web--and already techies murmur the mysterious phrases "Web 3.0" and "Semantic Web." Even as we master Web 2.0 skills, Web 3.0 peeks around the corner at us, beckoning us further and further away from web 1.0. To keep pace with technology, we must move at the speed of information and shift with the flux that is the web.
If the web has come so far as to become Web 2.0, what will it look like as Web 3.0? Sit back, relax, and let these Web 2.0 vids wash over your perceptions of the web as it used to be.
Google CEO on Web 3.0
Discussion of Web 3.0, part 1
Discussion of Web 3.0, part 2
Inventor of Web on Semantic Web
Interview with Jane Greenberg, UNCChapelHill Prof of LIS, about metadata; semantic web