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Fagan, Jody Condit; Keach, Jennifer A. – Computers in Libraries, 2010
When improving a web presence, today's libraries have a choice: using a free Web 2.0 application, opting for open source, buying a product, or building a web application. This article discusses how to make an informed decision for one's library. The authors stress that deciding whether to use a free Web 2.0 application, to choose open source, to…
Descriptors: Internet, Comparative Analysis, Web Sites, Social Networks
Kiyotake, Cynthia – Computers in Libraries, 2010
Since launching its first website in 1997, the Arapahoe Library District (ALD) has constantly looked at ways to review and renew this vital tool for patrons. This article focuses on the process of redesigning the ALD website--the steps taken and decisions made in order to create a site that incorporates interactive elements and patron input and…
Descriptors: Interaction, Internet, Web Sites, Library Automation
Fagan, Jody Condit – Computers in Libraries, 2009
Far more people are familiar with their local public or college library facility than their library's website and online resources. In fact, according to a recent survey, 96% of Americans said they had visited a library in person, but less than one-third have visited their online library. Since everyone agrees that online library resources are…
Descriptors: Search Engines, Marketing, Electronic Libraries, College Libraries
Chudnov, Daniel – Computers in Libraries, 2009
Since most libraries are now hosting their own web sites, this author advocates for a social network centered on the work of building and supporting resource-rich library sites. While there are already several social networks for books, books are just one thing that libraries make available. A social network that helps people share what they are…
Descriptors: Library Personnel, Libraries, Social Networks, Internet
Cvetkovic, Milica – Computers in Libraries, 2009
When people look back at the World Wide Web of 1996, there can be no doubt that today's web is better and more useful. Hyperlinking webpages and bookmarking were two of the most important aspects of the Web 1.0 world. Soon, though, usability and sharing became very high priorities, and Web 2.0 evolved. Information published in the Web 2.0 world…
Descriptors: Internet, Librarians, Social Networks, Educational Change
Lietzau, Zeth – Computers in Libraries, 2009
In the last few years, technology-savvy librarians have begun turning their attention to a host of new tools to connect with their users and colleagues. The umbrella term for these new technologies--Web 2.0--began gaining traction in 2004. Many librarians were quick to embrace the new wave of technology. Early adopting libraries used blogs to…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Library Research, Electronic Publishing, Government Libraries
Bardyn, Tania P. – Computers in Libraries, 2009
Library blogs exchange information and ideas on everything from the everyday, such as library services, to the profound, such as values held by librarians (high-quality reliable resources, academic freedom, open access, and so on). According to medical librarians who maintain library blogs, a typical month includes two to four contributors writing…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Academic Freedom, Library Administration