Web 2.0 is the popular name of a new generation of Web applications, sites and companies that emphasis openness, community and interaction. Examples include technologies such as Blogs and Wikis, and sites such as Flickr. In this paper I have compared these next generation tools to the aspirations of the early Hypertext pioneers to see if their aims have finally been realized. Although the tools presented in this article look very promising and potentially fit for purpose in many library applications and scenarios, careful thinking, testing and evaluation research are still needed in order to establish 'best practice models' for leveraging these emerging technologies to boost our teaching and learning productivity, foster stronger 'communities of practice', and support continuing higher education/professional development. Concurrently, a group of information professionals are having a conversation about the vision for what Library 2.0 will look like in this Web 2.0 ecosystem. Some are even going so far as to talk about Web 3.0! Web 2.0 is coming fast and it's BIG! What are the skills and competencies that Librarian 2.0 will need? An overview of Web 2.0 and a draft vision for Library 2.0 and an opinion about what adaptations we'll need to make to thrive in this future scenario is presented.
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Mohammed Imtiaz Ahmed. Web Technologies in Library and Information Services. Research J. of Humanities and Social Sciences. 1(3): Oct.-Dec. 2010, 80- 85.