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|Title:||A survey of the application of Web 2.0 in Australasian university libraries|
|Author(s):||Nguyen Cuong Linh, (Faculty of Library and Information Science, Hanoi University of Culture, Hanoi, Vietnam)|
|Citation:||Nguyen Cuong Linh, (2008) "A survey of the application of Web 2.0 in Australasian university libraries", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 26 Iss: 4, pp.630 - 653|
|Keywords:||Australia, Communications technologies, University libraries, Worldwide web|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/07378830810920950 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – This paper aims to provide an overall picture of the application of Web 2.0 technologies in Australasian university libraries. The focus of the research was what types of Web 2.0 technologies were applied in such libraries as well as their purposes and features.
Design/methodology/approach – Content analysis was used in terms of quantitative approach. A checklist as the main research instrument was developed based on other checklists and questionnaires, and synthesized ideas from literature. Data were collected by accessing all Australasian university library web sites within two weeks. Then, Microsoft Excel was utilized as a main tool to synthesize and analyze data, and present results.
Findings – At least two-thirds of Australasian university libraries deployed one or more Web 2.0 technologies. Only four Web 2.0 technologies were used for specific purposes and with some basic features. The general Web 2.0 application indexes were still low as the mean application index was 12 points and the highest index was 37 points (out of 100).
Research limitations/implications – A combination of content analysis with survey and/or interview may enable future researchers to analyze other aspects (e.g. the application of internal wikis or the use of instant messaging for reference services) of Web 2.0 that a single method of content analysis could not gain.
Originality/value – This unique study explores the application of Web 2.0 in a wide scope including any Australasian university libraries that deployed any types of Web 2.0 technologies. This study is useful for Australasian university libraries in evaluating/deploying Web 2.0. Library managers, librarians and other university libraries may also find this helpful once they want to implement such technologies in their libraries.
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