Case study on how QUT Library using Web2.0

4 Sep

Hi everyone, yesterday i was attending the Enterprise lecture and there was four QUT librarians explained more about how they attempts to move from the existing website to  Enterprise 2.0. Well, they called it as Library 2.0.. I just have this notion that any websites using web 2.0 will have “2.0” at the end of every words.. Others can be like Shopping 2.0… hehe.. Correct me if im wrong…

Okay, i tried to give you basic overviews about QUT Library 2.0.. Some of the points below reflects what i wrote notes during the lecture…

  • The QUT library 2.0 hosts outside of QUT : 
  • website allows widgets: e,g information about latest book being added to the library.. So this will get updated automatically.
  • Twiter accounts: Staffs has a responsibility  of updating twitter. They mentioned about getting it updated twice a week. It allows students and staffs to follow, ask question and leave feedback regarding books, research or any other issues.
  • QUT external blog –  Librarians have maintained this blog and update information for their personal used and it can also be used by students and staffs to look for some useful information about QUT library as well as commenting about any issues regarding any blog post they have submitted.
  •  RSS feed: they subscribed in feeds and the information will be updated automatically. This feed is embedded into the Library blog.
  • Google Scholar – QUT library also embedded google scholar onto the website. It provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, students can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles.
  • QUT eprints – represents collection of QUT research repositories and digitised collections This can be used by QUT students, researchers as well as general public.
  • Multimedia – Library 2.0 also allows users to upload any multimedia assets such as Image, sound, video and other digital assets for academic purposes.
  • Improve Searching –  more flexible in searching books, articles, etc. They mentioned about they wanted to make search by subjects…
  • Tag – They used tag for easy access to information quicker and more efficient in searching specific data. .
  • Delicious – embedded into the website to bookmark websites whether it is in the form of articles or books, allows them to add tags easily for easy access by students, researcher, staffs as well as general public.
  • Second life – As an extra, qut library might implement sceond life,  3d chat but they are still deciding whether it will be useful or vice versa.In my opinion, it can be useful as well for students who are using secondlife if all important people such as QUT staffs are online at the same time so that students can asked questions about a particular subjects but the problem is, there will be niched of student or staffs will make used of this services  as students dont have time to play and take time searhing for the person of whom we wanted to talk to. More discussion about this would be needed.
  • Facebook – Still on discussion whether it should be implemented or not.


SOme of the risks having offsite platforms: What if some of the platforms such as Twitter and Facebook suddenly closing down and all the information will be lost?? mmmm…. What if there are no user participation? There might be alot of risks will be out there that we couldn’t identify in the first place..So therefore the requirements and some of the factors of paradigm shift to web 2.0 should be addressed and well planned web 2.0 structures would be needed.  Librarians staff should gain more knowledged in Web 2.0 and enterprise 2.0 implementation..

Therefore in the few weeks time, We will be developing business proposal that assesses QUT library web 2.0 requirements and propose implementation plan for web 2.o. The proposal is to emphasis the business goals, problems, issues and opportunities facing QUT linrary and suggest web 2.0 tools and concept and practices that meet those business needs  (i.e proposal should not solely focus on the tools themselves but to find an application for those tools within the business. In brief, to provide adoption of web 2.0 concept in strategic way.

To gain more useful information, you can read more about this on my friend’s blog, Nadisha…. Click here 


8 Responses to “Case study on how QUT Library using Web2.0”

  1. nadishasigera September 5, 2009 at 3:25 am #

    Hi Sam
    This is a useful article for me and I have written a post on the same topic…. The link is
    Hope this will help you as well

    • samloveenterprise September 5, 2009 at 7:21 am #

      Hi Nadisha, thanx for reading my blog post.. I have read your blog post as well.. I guess i want to refer and link your blog post for my blog reader to gain more information about this such that some of the information in your blog post have more details in specific areas that my blog post do not have..Indirectly attract the reader onto your blog as well.. Great work mate!

  2. Mark September 7, 2009 at 12:54 pm #

    A good summary of the current situation in the QUT library. There are some services here (eg. Secondlife) that I don’t think will be worth the required investment of time and effort.
    It is really good to see that the Library staff are approaching this openly. As you mention, it would be good if the new services could be more visible.

    • samloveenterprise September 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

      Thanx Mark.. Yeah i think the same way as you do.. Secondlife maybe unnecessary to be included in web 2.0 tools implementation. Its good to see how library staff has become transparent in supplying the information to public and student and allows them to give feedback about any issues that will confront as well.

  3. Donald Gee September 19, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    Hi Sam,

    This is a really good summary of the Library’s current situation. I agree with the risks that you’ve mentioned (particularly in Twitter’s case) and think that some level of planning should be included to account for those issues if they insist on using public platforms.

    Investment in things like Second Life, in my opinion would be counter prodcutive for the Library at this stage as they already have so many Web 2.0 tools that need refining.

    Keep looking back on your information here if you start to feel lost while writing your propsal – This post is great for reminding us of what the Library needs to do to improve themselves.

    Best Regards – Donald

  4. pete wildermuth September 27, 2009 at 10:53 am #

    good summary, as a pg not having to look at the library I can make a few additional comments
    The external blog has been in place for years, maintained independantly of QUT with sporadic content
    Twitter for the library must have a strategy, and for any type of success must be multiple times daily, not just a couple of times per week
    More to follow in a future blog
    cheers Peter

    • samloveenterprise September 27, 2009 at 12:14 pm #

      Yeah I agree with you,,,as what the librarian mentioned they only post twice per week. It is not enough as it needs to be maintained by some librarians staffs…

  5. Mason January 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

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