Su Webology, vol. 3, n. 2, June, 2006, un bell’articolo di Jack M. Maness, Library 2.0 theory: web 2.0 and its implications for libraries, mette in evidenza il rapporto tra web 2.0 e library 2.0:
“This article posits a definition and theory for Library 2.0. It suggests that recent thinking describing the changing Web as Web 2.0 will have substantial implications for libraries, and recognizes that while these implications keep very close to the history and mission of libraries, they still necessitate a new paradigm for librarianship.”
Maness analizza i principali strumenti del web 2.0 (synchronous messaging, streaming media, social tagging, rss etc.) per mostrare la valenza che essi assumono nell’ambito bibliotecario e concludere che:
“The best conception of Library 2.0 at this point in time would be a social network interface that the user designs. It is a personalized OPAC that includes access to IM, RSS feeds, blogs, wikis, tags, and public and private profiles within the library’s network. It is virtual reality of the library, a place where one can not only search for books and journals, but interact with a community, a librarian, and share knowledge and understanding with them.
Library 1.0 moved collections and sparse services into the online environment, and Library 2.0 will move the full suite of library services into this electronic medium. The library has had a web-presence for many years, and with Library 2.0, its patrons will be joining it.”