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The present study aims to investigate the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on empowering the librarians of the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and the University of Isfahan libraries. This applied research was conducted using a survey method. The population of the study consisted of 135 librarians in the the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and the University of Isfahan libraries in Iran. Due to the limited number of participants, data were collected from the whole population and sampling was not carried out. Two questionnaires for assessing the Web 2.0 Library Tools and empowerment of staff were utilized to collect data. The analysis of the data was performed using descriptive and inferential statistical tests such as Kolmograph-Smirnov, Friedman, Pearson Correlation Coefficient, and Univariate Linear Regression in SPSS software version 22.
The results revealed a statistically significant positive relationship between the use of Web 2.0 technologies and the empowerment of librarians (r=0.835). Also, statistically significant positive relationships were found between the use of Web 2.0 technologies and different dimensions of empowerment (i.e. independence and freedom of work, professional development and progress, self-control, Job satisfaction, and responsibility), with professional development and progress dimension had the highest (r=0.678, p=0.000) and independence and freedom of work had the lowest correlation (r=0.423, p=000) with the use of Web 2.0 technologies. The use of Web 2.0 technologies has also a statistically significant positive relationship with the librarians’ level of education (r=0.863, p=0.000) and their participation in training instructional courses on Web 2.0 and academic libraries (r=0.749, p=0.000).