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Bloggers from Follow the Reader have posted a recent interview with two library professionals about how they are perceiving some of the challenges of the digital age for libraries.  From the blog post:

As digital publishing options become more and more prevalent, libraries of all kinds are working to incorporate digital into their collections and service offerings. This is no easy task, and libraries face plenty of obstacles as they gear up for the digital age. To get a bit of insight about how some libraries and librarians seem to be dealing with the changes of “Library 2.0,” we spoke with Kathy Ishizuka, the technology editor of School Library Journal, and Shayera Tangri, a branch manager for the Los Angeles Public Library…

Click here to read the rest of the post and the interview: “Libraries (and Librarians): Braving the Digital Age”.

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Web 2.0 fast facts

Just for fun, here are some web 2.0 ‘fast facts’ that demonstrate the increasing popularity of online social technologies both in Australia and worldwide:

  • 76% of online Australian adults regularly use social technologies (Source: Forrester)
  • Approximately 30% of Australians have their own blog (Source: Universal McCann)
  • Australia is currently the fourth biggest Twitter-using country (Source: Sysomos)
  • There are around 37,500 new blog posts per hour (or 10.4 new posts per second) (Soure: Technorati)
  • More than 5 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day worldwide (Source: Facebook)
  • 13 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube per minute (Source: Google)
  • There are around 3 million new Twitter messages or ‘tweets’ per day (Source: TechCrunch)
  • The total time spent on social media sites has increased 82% in the last year (Source: Nielsen)

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