Information Literacy: Article 3

Citation: Koltay, Tibor. “Library 2.0, Information and Digital Literacies in the Light of the Contradictory Nature of Web 2.0.” Webology 7.2 (2010): 1-12. ProQuest Technology Collection. Web. 29 Jan. 2012.

This article discusses Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 and whether all types of libraries (public, academic, school) need to approach Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 ideas and concepts in the same way.  It recognizes that students and professional should use these tools much differently than they do and that librarians are responsible for teaching and informing correct and better use of the tools.

He uses the term “playground” for public libraries meaning that they do not have to have the same sort of focus as academic or public libraries since they tend to focus much more on serving the wants of the now and less on research.  I think this is interesting when you think of people who do use the public library for research – but maybe he means the difference between an academic library being used mostly just for that purpose.

One point brought up discusses whether or not libraries are merely “meeting users where they are” or “being useful to users where they are”.  I really like the distinction because it seems like all we hear about is going out to meet the people or find ways to bring them in but there might need to be more focus on what services people actually need and will use in all types of libraries.

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