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Social software and libraries: a literature review from the LASSIE project

Jane Secker (Centre for Learning Technology, London School of Economics, London, UK)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 25 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide an overview of the published literature and current use of social software by libraries primarily in the UK and USA.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper's approach is a literature review and desk research.

Findings

Libraries are experimenting considerably in this area and many Web 2.0 applications have been developed by libraries and librarians over the past few years. These tools offer the potential to enhance library services.

Research limitations/implications

The area is one of rapid change, so the findings will date quickly.

Practical implications

An overview of which technologies are being used most widely and might offer the most potential for library staff considering experimenting in this area.

Originality/value of paper

Web 2.0 is an area with which many library staff need to become familiar quickly. This paper provides a useful overview of the topic.

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Citation

Secker, J. (2008), "Social software and libraries: a literature review from the LASSIE project", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 42 No. 3, pp. 215-231. https://doi.org/10.1108/00330330810892640

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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