13th Conference on Professional Information Resources

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Web Search Update and World 2.0

Session coordinator: Martin Lhoták, Main Library of the Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Where: 24. 5. 2007, 8.30 - 12.00, New Auditorium

The Web 2.0 Challenge to Information Literacy

Autor: Peter Godwin, University of Bedfordshire



Web generation students think they know how to use the internet and can’t see why they need to talk to a librarian. Trends in the USA showing a disconnection between libraries and students may be mirrored elsewhere in the world. Librarians can respond by judicious promotion of Google Scholar and new search engines, key gateways, alongside their subscription databases and hoped for ultimate metasearch engine. Web 2.0 has moved the agenda towards more interactive solutions for engaging our users. It has become the platform, so we can use tools formerly the exclusive province of technical wizards. This challenges us to become Web 2.0 literate ourselves. Web 2.0 should invoke changes to the content of our Information Literacy curriculum. The need to acknowledge the legitimacy of blogs and wikis as information sources will reinforce the importance of critical evaluation skills. Web 2.0 also gives us formidable new tools to use in Information Literacy teaching: Podcasts and YouTube as new methods of delivery; blogs and wikis can promote active learning ; social bookmarking and tagging is the sharing of resources. Addressing Web 2.0 is limited only by our own competence and imagination.

About author:

Peter Godwin is currently working as an Academic Librarian at the University of Bedfordshire in Luton, UK. His main focus is on Information Literacy in academic libraries and in particular the impact of Web 2.0 on Information Literacy in all information sectors.He is currently editing a book on this topic. He draws on many years' experience in academic library management and has presented at Conferences in the UK and USA.

Other papers in this session:

Will Be Information Processing and Accessing in Information Systems Affected by Changes in Technologies?

Author: Nadežda Andrejčíková, Cosmotron Bohemia, s.r.o., Czech republic

Progress in Modern Web Technologies and It´s Use in Searching Methods

Author: Patrik Plachý, SEFIRA spol. s r.o., Czech Republic

How to Search and FIND – Deep Indexing of Figures and Tables

Author: Helle Lauridsen, ProQuest CSA, United Kingdom

Web. 2.0 vs. Semantic Web

Author: Vilém Sklenák, University of Economics, Czech Republic

Vertical Search Services

Author: Pavel Kocourek, INCAD, c/o Convera CZ, Czech Republic

Blog is Great. But How to Let People Know About it?

Author: Filip Vojtášek, Albertina icome Praha s.r.o., Czech Republic