International Journal of Digital Library Services (IJODLS)
Jan-March 2012, Volume-2, Issue-1, ISSN:2250-1142
WEB 2.0 ENVIRONMENT AND ITS IMPACT ON LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION SERVICES
Dr. TANVEER HAIDER NAQVI
The web was widely embraced by academia and librarians recognized a great information delivery system. The term Web 2.0 indicates the development of online services that encourage collaboration, communication and information sharing. It also represents a shift from the passive experience or read only web pages to the participatory experience or read write web pages. Web 2.0 services as forums, wikis, RSS, blogs, podcasting, video sharing, social networking, instant messaging, tagging and social bookmarking, etc. are increasingly embedded in many areas of life. Similarly, it is also used in all over the world to promote information services by librarians. This paper describes background, concepts, features, three icebergs (threats) and key applications of Web 2.0 services in libraries. Finally, it also highlights the impact of Web 2.0 on libraries and information services.