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INF506 – Module 3: Information professionals in a Web 2.0 world.

on March 31, 2013

Based on your reading in Modules 1, 2 and 3 so far, and your examination of Abram’s and Harvey’s definitions of Librarian 2.0 and the views presented in the above YouTube clips, define what you believe to be the essential knowledge, skills and attributes of an information professional in a Web 2.0 world.

According to Harvey (2009) a librarian in a Web 2.0 world “should be a person who is experimenting with new technologies as they come along” and finding the right one to match to the needs of your students. A Librarian 2.0 is someone who is able to distinguish between the hyped up technological tools and tools that will engage and interest their users as well as catering for their needs.

Partridge (2010) states that technology is just “one part of Library 2.0 librarians need to be aware of, they need to have some understandings of the emerging technologies – what is available and what it can do and how to make it do what is needed – but they do not need to be IT professionals per se.” It is essential that Librarians 2.0 demonstrate a “need to be interested in, engaged in and committed to lifelong learning” in a Web 2.0 world (Partridge, 2010).

Library 2.0. is a “new culture of participation catalyzed by social web technologies” (Holmberg et al., as cited in Partridge, 2010, p. 677). Examples of Web 2.0 tools include podcasts, voice thread, cloudtags, youtube, flickr, paddlet, diigo, blogs etc. that allow interaction and social collaboration between communities. “A driving force in our decision making about what tools to use should always be our patrons and whether the tools can help us do a better job of delivering services” (Harvey, 2009).

Library 2.0 has changed the library brand, libraries are no longer just about books, instead they are also about collaboration, communication, socialization and interaction on many different levels between library users. Librarians 2.0 are focused on “initiating communication channels and networks, and creating opportunities where users can communicate, interact and create together” (Partridge, 2010).

In a Web 2.0 world librarians are seen as digital life coaches and mentors, assisting “students to move from being knowledgeable to being knowledge-able” (Hughes, 2010).


Harvey, M. (2009). What does it mean to be a Science Librarian 2.0? Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (Summer). Retrieved from

Hughes, F. (2010, May 6) Contemporary School Libraries are a core service [Prezi file]. Retrieved from

Partridge, H., Lee, J., & Munro, C. (2010). Becoming “Librarian 2.0”: The Skills, Knowledge, and Attributes Required by Library and Information Science Professionals in a Web 2.0 World (and Beyond). Library Trends, 59(1-2), 315-335.


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