Library 2.0

A selection of resources for learning more about Library 2.0 and new technologies in libraries.

This page is organized with references covering new, or "2.0", technologies in general. For information on making library websites accessible to those using mobile devices, see resources in the Mobile Library Services list in OCLC's WorldCat, and Mobile Library related pages from around the web.

For a quick overview of the evolution of the Internet, see The History of the Internet in a Nutshell, by Cameron Chapman, Nov. 15, 2009.

For an extensive bibliography on social networking, see danah boyd's Bibliography of Research on Social Network Sites.

For a brief definition of Library 2.0 with interesting links by I Love Libraries "What is Library 2.0?"

Pogue, David. "For those Facebook Left Behind." New York Times "State of the Art" column, July 7, 2010. Overview of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other major platforms.

Pictorial Representation of Library 2.0

There are many definitions of Library 2.0. Simply put, it is the ongoing response to Web 2.0, a participatory, networked, interactive, and collaborative community of web users. The term "Web 2.0" was introduced by O'Reilly Media in 2004 as a shorthand for a "second generation" of web applications that incorporated increasing amounts of social interaction and online collaboration. "Library 2.0" is the shorthand for a vast array of initiatives in all types of libraries to incorporate the tools for online collaboration into new ways to deliver effective library services.

The concepts can be expressed as an "In" vs. "Out" list or a conceptual map or a YouTube video: What is Web 2.0?

About Using 2.0 Tools in Libraries

Policies for Use

E.W. Scripps Co. issues Social Media Policy: "While the use of social media enhances the company’s commitment to providing a vast array of information to our local communities on a variety of platforms (including blogs, Facebook and Twitter), the use of the broad array of social media by Scripps employees requires special attention."

A broad selection of library social media policies can be found by doing a websearch.


May be found in the Social Media in Libraries list in OCLC's WorldCat or on the ALA Library Delicious Library 2.0 feed or Web 2.0 feed

Exploring the Tools (General)

23 Learning 2.0 Things The original Learning 2.0 Program, created for the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (North Carolina). This site was created to support PLCMC's Learning 2.0 Program; a discovery learning program designed to encourage staff to explore new technologies and reward them for doing 23 Things. The site includes information on replicating the learning program for your library.

100 Free Library 2.0 Webinars and Tutorials

Resources for Librarians about Online Social Networking from ALA's Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of ALA)

Online Social Networking Tools: An introduction(PDF) Presentation at the New Mexico Library Association Meeting in Farmington, New Mexico, April 21, 2006.

Library Technology Reports Provides library professionals with insightful elucidation, covering in-depth the technology and technological issues the library field grapples with on a daily basis in the information age. Some abstracts available online.

Webtools4U2Use, "a place for K-12 school library media specialists to learn a little more about web tools that can be used to improve and enhance school library media programs and services, to see examples of how they can be used, and to share success stories and creative ideas about how to use and integrate them," created for school library media specialists by Dr. Donna Baumbach and Dr. Judy Lee, University of Central Florida.

Web 2.0 & Libraries page at the YALSA Wiki