Us and the Machine: Web 2.0 Reflection by: Stuart Maddocks

In Red River College, I am training to become a Library Technician and related positions. As part of the process, I learned about Web 2.0, how it changed and intertwined the internet with ourselves over the past 3 decades. Web 2.0 is a participatory software allowing users to connect and share beyond the confines of their homes, libraries where ever they be. Web 2.0 is used on social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Blog/Vlogs, Podcasts, etc. These sites allow users to create content regardless of experience, profession, medium, on any topic, anytime. The public regardless of class and economic status has access and used Web 2.0.

Web 2.0 became part of the internet from the 1990 evolving into the current software today with Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge/Bing and Yahoo Search. During a video titled: “The Machine is Us/ing Us” by Michael Wesch, it claims digital text is active and changing. The video covers the whole evolution of Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 from a simple software like HTML culminating in Google Chrome. As part of an exercise, I looked at blogs from public libraries from Toronto and New York City, a Master of Library Sciences and tips on how to use Web 2.0 effectively. The Toronto Public Library has playlists of how to get kids into reading, what’s going on during different seasons and their talks with intellectuals, authors and entrepreneurs.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/torontopubliclibrary

In the New York Public Library Twitter page, users are encouraged to ask for recommendations, checking out podcasts done by librarians covering issues libraries have to deal with.

Link: https://twitter.com/nyplref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Tips on using Web 2.0:

http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/planning-for-success/innovation/tools/fifteen-ways-to-effectively-use-web-2-0-tools

Tame the Web Blog: http://tametheweb.com/

Expand on my answers

Q&A About my history and potential with Web 2.0:

1- What was your knowledge of Web 2.0 before doing this lab?

Sharing messages, content though social media platforms and email, text messaging on my cell phone,

2- What was your knowledge of Web 2.0 being used in libraries?

Having the tools to access social media and other forms of communication.

3- What is your opinion of the integration of Web 2.0 technologies in libraries today?

I believe it is a good thing because a large portion of society is becoming tech savvy and on their smart phones/computers; libraries need to evolve too. Since sharing information and communication with others becomes easier, the library can help such connectivity possible.

4- At this point, how comfortable do you feel using/participating in Web 2.0 technologies such as blogging, podcasting, or tweeting?

I feel extremely comfortable with participating in Web 2.0. I have used social media for many years particularly Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc. Blogging and the possibility of podcasting is something I would be able to do.

5- Do you have any questions you’d like to ask?

N/A

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