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Library 2.0: Reaching out to the public to enrich the collection

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The University of Virginia's "Cruse" scanner is the largest owned by a library and allows for antique maps and other documents to be digitized and put online. (Photo courtesy of University of )

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Students use laptops while studying at Columbia University's library. (Sarah Morgan)

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Students use laptops while studying at Columbia University's library. (Sarah Morgan)

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Students use laptops while studying at Columbia University's library. (Sarah Morgan)

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Social networking technologies are changing the way we keep in touch with friends and family--and now they're invading the library. Even a stodgily traditional institution such as the Library of Congress is involved in exploring new ways to turn online catalogs into conversations. But some librarians feel this "Library 2.0" trend is all hype and no substance.


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