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This issue of Library Technology Reports gives library professionals, including managers, tools to encourage collaborative work both within and outside their organizations to expand or enhance library services. Most of this report focuses on the tools themselves and real-world examples of how they've been used, thus encouraging readers to experiment with these tools on their own. It shows how to make the case that efficient use of social networking is a boon to productivity, and includes hard data and concrete proposals that will save time and money in just about any collaborative effort. This issue is filled with easy-to-implement examples of how day-to-day activities can be improved by using collaborative platforms like Google Docs, a wiki, or an internal blog to facilitate communication.

Topics Covered in this Issue Include:

  • Collaboration
  • Cloud Computing / Case Study
  • Collaboration 2.0
  • Collaboration Tools, 2.0 Style
  • Groupware
  • Collaboration in Action

Robin Hastings

Robin Hastings is the Information Technology Manager for the Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City, Missouri. She manages the library's network, websites and training classes, as well as a four person staff who keep the library's computers running while she's off presenting at conferences. In 2008, Robin has been to England, Jamaica, California, Chicago (twice), St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri, giving presentations on Web 2.0, Learning 2.0, Library Mashups, RSS, OpenID and Web 3.0. When she's not traveling, she spends most of her free time in front of a computer blogging or writing: articles, a book chapter on mashups in the library and (coming soon) a book on lifestreaming and microblogging.

Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.