Nicholas Tomaiuolo's very personal journey into user-generated content makes UContent the go-to book in the field. UContent is an amazingly detailed and highly accessible entry into the world of content produced by the general public. --William Badke, author, Research Strategies: Finding your Way through the Information Fog
Thorough. Timely. Easy-to-read. Apropos. These are some of the words I use to describe Nick Tomaiuolo s book UContent: The Information Professional's Guide to User-Generated Content. The internet is not just about consuming content but about creating it as well. This book, written in style that is very easy to understand, describes and documents how to do the writing part of the read/write web. Tomaiuolo covers everything from the creation of books for Project Gutenberg to blogging to Yahoo! Pipes to folksonomies. Each chapter provides the what's, how's, and why's for content creation. The examples are plentiful, and the discussions are backed up with interviews from industry pundits. The morphology of many internet-specific words included in the book makes the reading even more interesting. A fun book to read, it is worth the time of any librarian who wants to exploit Web 2.0 technology. --Eric Lease Morgan, digital projects librarian, University of Notre Dame
From College and Research Libraries:
Tomaiuolo is not just giving us a book on fads in cyberspace. His text notes both in the introduction and the conclusion the large numbers of Internet users who contribute to user-generated content and the faith that Internet users can place on such content. Tomaiuolo offers both success stories for information professionals (such as the extremely fruitful collaboration between the U.S. Library of Congress and the Flickr Commons to make historical images freely available on the web) and cautionary tales (such as the efforts of volunteer mapmakers from India for an early Google project to create maps that showed Pakistan as part of their country). Throughout, though, the focus of his text is more on introductory description to each tool and a "shortcut guide" to how each might be helpful to the work of librarians and information professionals.... UContent can serve as a reference librarian's reference in the brave new world that we inhabit. Timothy J Hickey, Kent State University.
From Public Libraries:
Tomaiuolo discusses the pros and cons of wikis, podcasting, screencasting, and slide and video sharing. Many of the examples he gives are based on academic settings but public libraries can use the software for their own purposes such as reader's advisory or patron education. The author also reveals the benefits and pitfalls of using Facebook, Social OPACs, Wikipedia, Flickr, and e-publishing tools. Chantal Walvoord, Rockwall County (Texas) Library