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ERIC Number: EJ857121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0033-0337
Library 2.0: Balancing the Risks and Benefits to Maximise the Dividends
Kelly, Brian; Bevan, Paul; Akerman, Richard; Alcock, Jo; Fraser, Josie
Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, v43 n3 p311-327 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide a number of examples of how Web 2.0 technologies and approaches (Library 2.0) are being used within the library sector. The paper acknowledges that there are a variety of risks associated with such approaches. The paper describes the different types of risks and outlines a risk assessment and risk management approach which is being developed to minimise the dangers while allowing the benefits of Library 2.0 to be realised. Design/methodology/approach: The paper outlines various risks and barriers which have been identified at a series of workshops run by UKOLN (a national centre of expertise in digital information management based in the UK) for the cultural heritage sector. A risk assessment and risk management approach, which was initially developed to support use of Web 2.0 technologies at events organised by UKOLN, is described and its potential for use within the wider library community, in conjunction with related approaches for addressing areas such as accessibility and protection of young people, is described. Findings: Use of Library 2.0 approaches is becoming embedded across many libraries which seek to exploit the benefits which such technologies can provide. The need to ensure that the associated risks are identified and appropriate mechanisms implemented to minimise such risks is beginning to be appreciated. Practical implications: The areas described here should be of relevance to many library organisations which are making use of Library 2.0 services. Originality/value: The paper should prove valuable to policy makers and web practitioners within libraries who may be aware of the potential benefits of Library 2.0 but have not considered the associated risks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom