User 2.0: Innovative Library Sites (Part 1 – Academic Libraries)
You may recognize this illustration from the work published in Diffusion of Innovations (1995) by the late Everett Rogers. A few weeks ago I posted a query on the dig_ref listserv asking this savvy group of librarians interested in virtual reference services to nominate the library sites that are the most “innovative” in terms of integrating Web 2.0 / social software applications. I have also incorporated sites discussed in programs I attended at ALA Mid-Winter in Seattle (January 2007), suggested by colleagues, or noted in listservs or journal articles.
Today I am posting the preliminary list of Innovative Academic Libraries from these sources. Eash listing also has a very brief note about social software applications featured by the library’s website. I would like to thank David M. Dragos, Ph.D. student at Rutgers SCILS and Lynn Silipigni Connaway of OCLC for their help in compiling this list.
Again, this list is preliminary and not meant to be exhaustive, but rather to start a discussion. They are in alphabetical order.
I would like to invite you to leave a comment if your academic library is an innovator or if you know of others!
My next post (within the next day or so) will be Part 2 – Innovative Public Libraries.
Innovative Academic Library Websites
- Brooklyn College (NY)
Maintains a popular MySpace page.
- Morrisville State College (NY)
Has a blog for news and events announcements as well as a presence on MySpace and Facebook.
- Tutt Library, Colorado College (CO)
Flickr account, blogs for library news and book reviews, instant messaging as well as a wiki providing links and access to government information.
- University of Huddersfield Library (UK)
Has an electronic resources wiki and a catalog with an integrated recommender system and list of related books.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL)
Maintains multiple blogs set up for news, announcements and subject topics; also podcasts and a MySpace account.
- University of Pennyslvania‘s PennTags (PA)
PennTags, an academic oriented social bookmarking project, includes a cloud of popular tags.
- Yale University Library (CT)
RSS feeds for news (including feeds for specific topics); multiple subject-specific library blogs, including law, medicine and art.