Libraries should be equipped with Web 2.0

By Nyerere Geoffrey

Ugandan Libraries should be equipped with web 2.0 to improve service delivery and accessibility to users, Mr Maxwell Omwenga has said

Mr. Omwenga, the head Corporate Relations Office, website designer and administrator at the College of Computing and Information Sciences was speaking at the MIT workshop held at the College of Computing and Information Sciences

Mr. Omwenga said that, Web 2.0 has an array of dynamically generated Websites that allow information sharing between users which make it easy for users to access information easily from one another.

“Web 2.0 sites function as applications, or programs, that can be updated from any computer and therefore, since the sites have built-in editing functions (WYSIWYG) it is easy for users to contribute to the content of sites,” Omwenga said.

In his presentation, he says web 2.0 has a variety of tools that can help library users in communication and social networking.

“Web 2.0 can be applied for social networking sites that allow for, email, instant messaging, video- and photo- sharing and comment posting, and all these tools help library users to communicate and socialize with each other and staff,” he added.

Web 2.0 has key features such as instant messaging; streaming media, News Feeds and tagging that make it more preferable in library use.

The MIT workshop is a program where masters students from different selected universities in Africa undertaking library studies come together in a bid to improve their skills in library management.

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