Response to Lesson 2: Intro to social software and libraries

The topic of the evolution from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 in the article by O’Reilly (2005) really struck me as interesting. He discusses how the web changed after the technology market crash in the 90’s and how the web has become a more dynamic, user-driven medium. Having grown up in that time and with just being introduced to the internet and computers back then, this concept of the change in the web has never come across my mind. A lot of the concepts in the article are some that I am still very unfamiliar with but I got the general idea from this article at just how far the web has come since I first started using it as a young child. A couple of the Web 1.0 examples that he used:, personal websites, and Britannica Online I remember using. However, in this Web 2.0 age, I have used most of the Web 2.0 examples: Wikipedia, BitTorrent, Napster, blogging, and Flickr. This shows to me, that not only has the web been changing but I have been following and utilizing the changes.

Next, reading the article by Maness (2006) where he connected the concept of Web 2.0 to what he called “Library 2.0”, I got a better grasp of this concept. His discussion of how Library 2.0 will change the library system to where the patron has more of a say in the library really made sense. Libraries have always been there to serve the patron and it would just make the patron even more satisfied if their communication with their local library was expanded. I think it’s very exciting to think about the library as a much more interactive and web-based medium where we can assist the patrons in ways that we previously have not. Furthermore, this article really helped explain some topics that I found not quite clear from the O’Reilly article, such as: tagging and RSS feeds. Connecting these two concepts to how libraries would utilize them helped clear up the idea of what these concepts were. 

I am very excited and hopeful that I can take these advancements and use them in my career. Even though I am not very experienced in many of the social media communication mediums that were listed in these articles I look forward to learning and using them. Also, growing up in a digital age, I am much more comfortable using these methods to communicate, almost more so than the traditional mediums of telephone and snail mail.

Since the development of the Library 2.0 is still in its early stages I am very excited to see where Web 2.0 will take libraries.

These are some of my thoughts for the week. I hope in the weeks to come that I will continue to learn much more about social media.




Maness, Jack M. (2006). Library 2.0 theory: Web 2.0 and its implications for libraries. Webology. 3(2). Article 25.

O’Reilly, Tim. (2005). What is Web 2.0: Design patterns and business models for the next generation of software. O’Reilly. January 20, 2013. From 


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