Social Software and Libraries 6/2/06
Social Software is "software that supports group interaction" such as instant messaging, RSS, blogs, wikis, folksonomies, podcasting, photo sharing, and social bookmarking.
Some features that social software have in common are: they are collaborative and leverage the widsom of crowds; there's a low barrier to use and adoption; they are open and can be expanded linked or "mashed;" they foster community; they're fun.
While some of the new software can be frivolous, some creative librarians have come up with some interesting and innovative library applications. Check out how users can tag their own items and write mini reviews in the University of Pennsylvania's catalog for example (see how "jarson" tags the book Broadcasting it).
What are the implications for cognitive authority and user privacy? As Bob Dylan says, the answers are blowin' in the wind and the times they are a changin'!