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ITI Cross Links: The Terrible Twos—Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and More

Posted May 1, 2006
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We've heard talk about it at conferences; we've seen it in the discussion groups and blogs. It's kind of confusing, all this Web 2.0, Internet 2.0, and Library 2.0 stuff. (We've even read blog postings critical of conference speakers who reputedly weren't able to define these terms even as they spoke about them … )

Well, clarification is on the way, all in one place. In this article, ONLINE magazine columnist Greg Notess discusses and sorts out the 2.0's, even touching on "School Library 2.0 with visions of student reviews via blogs, interactive calendars, class wikis, and instructional screencasts." He not so much promoting 2.0 as he is promoting an understanding of 2.0.

From Greg's opening paragraphs:

[T]he latest round of 2.0s on the Web … are a conglomeration of technologies, ideas, and approaches that, at least to some, represent a new way of interacting online. Their meanings are ambiguous and sometimes contradictory. …

Even though much of the 2.0 technologies are the playground for Web designers and programmers, knowing the terminology and sample sites allows the information professional [MMISxtra ed.'s note: and the school library media specialist] to converse about the new trends and to find both useful sites and new capabilities to integrate into information products. Rather than debate the overall merits of the 2.0 movement, information professionals should explore the territory, techniques, and examples to find the most useful applications in your own work environment.

We think you'll appreciate the light Greg shines on the subject. Click HERE to link to the article at Information Today, Inc.'s ONLINE magazine.

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