New ACRL title: Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries

Contact: Kathryn J. Deiss

ACRL Content Strategist


For Immediate Release,

January 8, 2008

New ACRL title: Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce a unique and exciting publication, Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries. Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries is a hybrid book and wiki presenting 12 case studies of significant applications of Library 2.0 in academic libraries. The publication details a wide range of applications of emerging technologies, such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, IM, RSS, XML, Web services, mashups and social computing.

Chapter authors from three countries describe varied uses of networked social software and open data formats to distribute and add value to library resources and services. Case studies detail 2.0 ways of pedagogy and the provision of services in physical and online spaces where students congregate, discuss online catalog enhancements and outline the creation of feature-rich interfaces for accessing digital research collections.

In order to keep information current, the authors will provide regular updates on their initiatives for at least two years through a wiki hosted by ACRL. Project editor Laura B. Cohen, Web support librarian at the University at Albany, SUNY, conceived of the hybrid concept in an effort to make the cases available in their living forms, offering academic librarians and teaching faculty opportunities to learn from the ongoing efforts of the authors and engage in discussion of the projects. Visit the wiki online at

Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries is available in a soft-cover print edition from the ALA Online Store at and will be available for purchase in the ALA Bookstore at the ALA Midwinter Meeting 2008 in Philadelphia.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 13,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.