Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

6-2010

Abstract

With the implementation of the most widely used research guide platform LibGuides, librarians can adopt a Library 2.0 presence with minimal effort at a reasonable cost. This paper will discuss how this content management system integrates a multitude of Web 2.0 features, allowing librarians to create an interactive research environment with their users. LibGuides can also serve as a communication portal between engineering librarians and as an effective resource sharing tool. Springshare, the maker of LibGuides, has created several methods of promoting resource sharing, including the "LibGuides Community," the "Springshare Lounge," and a blog where Springshare employees can share the latest news about LibGuides and their other products. Although lacking some of the Web 2.0 components like end-user accounts, thus preventing it from being a full-blown Web 2.0 system, LibGuides does much to bridge the gap between a static Library 1.0 website and a Library 2.0 website.

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