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Public library 2.0: towards a new mission for public libraries as a network of community knowledge

Chowdhury, G. and Poulter, A. and McMenemy, D. (2006) Public library 2.0: towards a new mission for public libraries as a network of community knowledge. Online Information Review, 30 (4). pp. 454-460. ISSN 1468-4527

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Abstract

This article seeks to propose a new vision for public libraries in the digital age. The study argues that currently there are no proper mechanisms for capturing, preserving and disseminating community knowledge, and proposes that public libraries in the digital age should take a new role whereby they should act not only as a gateway to knowledge, but also as a platform facilitating the creation of, and access to, local community knowledge. Proposes a model for PL2.0 where public libraries can take on this new role to build a network of community knowledge. The paper proposes that the new role of public libraries will be to shift from solely providing access to knowledge to acting as a platform for the storage and dissemination of local community knowledge within the global context created by twenty-first century digital technologies.