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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.
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    Tuesday, March 06, 2007

    Libraries and social software

    A nice intersect of timing: a report from the UK and a book from the US announced on the same day.
    From JISC TechWatch, there is a report entitled What is Web 2.0? Ideas, technologies and implications for education” (TSW0701) announced on the UK WebFocus blog. According to the JISC website:
    This TechWatch report was commissioned to investigate the substance behind the hyperbole surrounding ‘Web 2.0’. It reports on the implications this may have for the UK Higher and Further Education sector, with a special focus on collection and preservation activities within libraries.
    The US offering is the book, Social Software in Libraries by Meredith Farkas, with a Foreword by Roy Tennant, who notes that the book explores:
    the growing phenomenon of social software and how these technologies can be applied in libraries. Social software lets libraries show a human face online, helping them communicate, educate, and interact with their communities. This nuts-and-bolts guide provides librarians with the information and skills necessary to implement the most popular and effective social software technologies: blogs, RSS, wikis, social networking software, screencasting, photo-sharing, podcasting, instant messaging, gaming, and more.
    Social Software in Libraries is to be published by Information Today and launched at Computers in Libraries. More information can be found on Information Wants to be Free and the companion web site.

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