Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Web 2.0 and Libraries / Seminar / Rome, Italy / March 6 2009

Web 2.0 and Libraries / Seminario di Aggiornamento

Università degli Studi di Roma Tre (Facoltà di Architettura) / Aula Urbano VIII / Via della Madonna dei Monti / 40 Roma / 6 marzo 2009 / h.9.00-13.30

Web 2.0 has posed a number of challenges for the library and marks a transition within the library world in the way that services are delivered to users. In the course of this seminar, organised by CASPUR /CIBER in collaboration with AIB Lazio, AIDA, CILEA, FAO and University of Rome Three Library System we will seek to describe how libraries have responded to the opportunities offered by Web 2.0 applications and how organisations can best exploit the potential which Library 2.0 can provide.

Keynote speaker, Gerry McKiernan, will describe current trends and changing scenarios, while other speakers will describe how Library 2.0 features have been deployed with a special focus on the Italian context.

9.00 - 9.30 / Greetings and Introduction / Mary Joan Crowley, Università degliStudi di Roma "La Sapienza"

9.30 - 11.00 / The Future of The Library / Gerry McKiernan, Iowa State University Library

11.00 - 11.30 / Coffee break

11.30 - 12.00 / Q&A

12.00 - 12.30 / "Italian Library 2.0?": One question, many answers / Bonaria Biancu, Università di Milano Bicocca

12.30 - 13.00 / Aggregated News and Events on Agriculture: AgriFeeds / Valeria Pesce, FAO

13.00 - 13.30 / Will Web 2.0 ever meet library catalogs? / Andrea Marchitelli, CILEA

The keynote speech by Gerry McKiernan will be delivered in English, the other presentations will be delivered in Italian

The Participatory Web: Web 2.0 and The Future of The Library

As characterized by Wikipedia, “‘Web 2.0’ describes the changing trends in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aim to enhance creativity, communications, secure information sharing, collaboration and functionality of the web[]

Such ‘participatory’ technologies include not only blogging (e.g. Blogger), photo-sharing (e.g. Flickr), social bookmarking (e.g. Delicious), but folksonomies (e.g., tagging), online social networks (e.g., Facebook), video-sharing (e.g., YouTube), and wikis (e.g., Wikipedia).

In this ... [presentation] we provide an overview of several significant Web 2.0 technologies and profile numerous examples of libraries worldwide that have implemented these interactive technologies in their efforts to enhance collaboration and communication with their respective communities.


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This Seminar has been organized by Paola Gargiulo (CASPUR), Andrea Marchitelli (CILEA) and Imma Subirats (FAO of the United Nations)


While I will profile The Usual Web 2.0 Suspects in my presentation, I am also interested in promoting newer/emerging Web 2.0 technologies as well, and would appreciate Any and All Suggestions; Library implementations would be of special interest.

In addition to implementations by U.S. libraries, I am particularly interested in Web 2.0 implementations by libraries in non-U.S. regions (e.g., Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Oceania, etc.)

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[We Conclude With A Profile Of Discussion Of WebQubed –
The Mixed And Mashed Web / MixedUp Web



>> The Quantum Web <<

Our Vision Of The Future Of The Web After WebQubed.

Given The Recent Article/Report About The Map Of Knowledge

I Don’t Think That _The Quantum Web_ Is That Far-Out … [:-)]

!!! I Wish To Thank :The Seminar Sponsors - CASPUR /CIBER AIB Lazio, AIDA, CILEA, FAO And University of Rome Three Library System For Their Support


The Seminar Organizers - Paola Gargiulo (CASPUR), Andrea Marchitelli (CILEA)

and Imma Subirats (FAO of the United Nations)

For The Opportunity To Present !!!]


An Extended Version Of This Presentation Was Given At The

David Lubin Memorial Library

The Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations (FAO)

On March 5 2009

I Wish To Thank

Margaret Zito ( Director)


Jessica Mathewson (Reference)


Imma Subirats (IT)


Their Hospitality / Generosity

And For

The Opportunity To Present !!!


Ellen said...

The examples from the Reference and Information Services Group in NSW, Australia may be of interest as they are all state based collaborations with people working all over NSW to collaborate. The easiest way to access the tools is by the links on the Flickr account

You may also be interested in the work Mosman Council is doing with community consultation forums and twitter

Mystery Guest said...

Penn Tags

Sandra said...

There's a lot going on in Second Life in terms of information resources and services in virtual worlds. Feel free to contact me in Second Life (IM to Stella Merlin) for more information. Tanti saluti e buona fortuna! Sandra Ley (Arizona State University.)

Margaret Gross said...

Gerry, please address cloud computing, including storage of documents on various sites, use of Open Office, storage and display of photos on picasa, etc., file transfer utilities and how a web 2.0 users integrates all of the above for personal or professional use.

Shamprasad Pujar said...


Please include plusmo ( for sending content to mobile in your presentation.

Daniel Forsman said...

Using API:s to expand the opac both as a way create small a small federated search thing and to enhance bibliographic data, have a look at

You should also look at the national union catalog of Sweden - LIBRIS - available as linked data! See this post by Martin for more information:

Olivia Nellums said...

You should definitely cover twitter -- it's becoming mainstream these days, & contains elements of social networking and blogging. Also it's very easy to demonstrate visually.

BBC said...

To the question of when Web 2.0 meet the catalog...does open Worldcat address that void?

Anna said...

State Library of Queensland (Australia) has implemented a range of Web 2.0 opportunities including:
OPAC enables tagging and reviewing (
Blogs to engage targetted clients - Heritage Collections and services/ Exhibitions/Children and Young People.
Exposing our collections - has involved adding collections content - to Flickr Commons, YouTube and Wikipedia. Library Science students (QUT) have been involved in adding links from Wikipedia to digital repositories.
See presentation for project to use Web 2.0 tools with young people for building design

NievesGlez said...

Helo Gerry,
I'm from Spanish, Seville University librarian. In Spain we have worked with theese tools for a long time, in school, public and university libraries. Not a lot, but very significative. We have implemented subject blogs , subject wikis and reference chats (Seville University), subject guides with RSS, delicious (Alcalá University), subject guides with netvibes (UNED),  secondLife site (Carlos III University), twitter, facebook, tuenti, flickr, and a long etcetera.  You can get a general vision in this google map about libraries 2.0 in Spain
If you have any question, please contact with me.

James said...

I have read much by Gerry and tried to keep up with the developments as they relate to my own area (web mapping - GIS - and participatory technologies using maps and personal data). I noted a certain, well, rather odd situation in viewing the video of the presentation by Gerry. I decided after 5 minutes to shut it down as the sounds and lighting quality was too poor. Funny thing, Web 2.0 is collaborative and yet this didn't move me along the collaborative path. Maybe the infancy of Web 2.0 continues?