Canadian Public Libraries 2.0 was created for LIBR 500 Foundations of Information Technology. The purpose of this blog is to evaluate how a sample of Canadian public libraries are using Library 2.0 tools. This blog is a cross-Canada trip from west to east. All 10 provinces and 3 territories are included. Although there are a wide range of Library 2.0 tools (Facebook, Twitter, Second Life, chat reference, blogs, podcasts, and vodcasts), this blog focuses on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs as these were the Library 2.0 tools the libraries I visited used most often.

I borrow the following two definitions of Library 2.0 to shape my understanding and evaluation of the tools:

From the Unquiet Librarian:

“While we all may have different interpretations of what exactly the term ‘Library 2.0’ may mean and if we should even still be using it, most everyone who has chimed in on the conversation agrees that it is definitely more than just the ‘let’s use the web 2.0 tools because they are shiny’ thinking.  The application of those tools for service and as a means for expanding our patrons’ ability to access, interpret, share, and create information/knowledge is where the power truly lies for both librarians and those we serve.”

And from the Librarian in Black:

“Library 2.0 simply means making your library’s space (virtual and physical) more interactive, collaborative, and driven by community needs.  …  The basic drive is to get people back into the library by making the library relevant to what they want and need in their daily lives…to make the library a destination and not an afterthought.”

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the trip.


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