Impact of Web 2.0 technologies on academic libraries: A survey of ARL libraries

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Impact of Web 2.0 technologies on academic libraries: A survey of ARL libraries is a 2013 journal article written in English by Mahmood K., Richardson J.V. and published in Electronic Library.

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Purpose - The paper aims to present the results of a survey of academic libraries about the adoption and perceived impact of Web 2.0 technologies. Design/methodology/approach - A total of 67 US academic libraries participated among the members of the Association of Research Libraries. Findings - It was found that each library was using some form of technology, such as RSS, blogs, social networking sites, wikis and instant messaging. On a Likert-type scale the participant librarians significantly preferred the advantages of Web 2.0 over its disadvantages. There was a significant positive correlation between the extent of Web 2.0 adoption in libraries and librarians' opinion about their advantages. Originality/value - The paper is useful for future planning of the use of Web 2.0 technologies in academic libraries. Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.

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