Blogs, or Web logs, are online diaries or journals on various topics that are typically displayed in reverse chronological order.
Study on the Web 2.0 technologies & its application is to explore the implementation of Web 2.0 technologies in medical libraries & to identify which Web 2.0 technologies are most commonly used in medical libraries; here discussions about future trends in Web 2.0 technologies in medical libraries & its standardisation etc are described briefly.
Literature Study reveals that medical libraries are using Web 2.0 technologies for information dissemination. In India few libraries are using these technologies, most of the medical libraries in India lacking proper infrastructure & trained manpower.
The common Web 2.0 technologies used include blogs, wikis, podcasts, and RSS. The literature indicates that Web 2.0 technologies will be utilised more frequently to deliver information services in medical libraries.
Keywords : WEB2.0, MEDICINE2.0, LIBRARY2.0, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
DEFINITION OF WEB 2.0 TERMS
Blog, WIKI, RSS, Podcast, iPod, Tagging, Social bookmarking, Social networking,Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn,Web 2.0, & Library 2.0. Evernote.For the easy understanding of the study,the definitions of these terms are defined below :—–
MEDICAL LIBRARIANS’ SERVICES THROUGH MEDICINE 2.0
IMPORTANCE OF WEB2.0, MEDICINE2.0 & LIBRARY2.0 etc.
Medical libraries use Web 2.0 technologies inadequately & inharmoniously. As a result there are scattered, disorganised & uncontrolled sources of information which are needed Webliography control.
Schneider (2002) states that “while consumers have embraced information on the health Internet with great enthusiasm, physicians and health care organisations have been more ambivalent.” Boulos, Maramba and Wheeler (2006) describing the Web 2.0 collaborations paradoxical pointed out that “Some of their [Web 2.0] disadvantages also relate to their openness and ease of use. Virtually anybody is able to alter, edit or otherwise contribute to the collaborative Web pages, it can be problematic to gauge the reliability and accuracy of such resources.”
Medical library services require a proper movement in the healthcare system. This should be realised through a clear set of rules & policies to bring all the sections of the profession together & to standardise the practices & use of Web 2.0 tools. Moreover standardisation & governmental support, there is a necessity to create awareness at the upper management level, so that they must be informed, learnt & get involved with the process of application of new technologies, encourage & support Libraries & Librarians.
The collaboration must be supported by the concerned State & Central Government in order to gain formal authority & status in the society. This step must ensure information organisation & stress control on Webliography. The Webliographic control must take care of quality of the information published on the Web & also the Metadata organisation and control. The rules & regulations must be clear. Private hospitals must work collaboratively in the program as partner of health providing concern.