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Web 2.0, Library 2.0, Librarian 2.0 Part Two

I also think the discussion about Library 2.0 so far has been very educational for everyone with the following cautions:
1. I don’t see that there’s anything to be gained in criticizing the label of the discussion. There have been plenty of postings and comments that some folks dislike the name. So what. It’s a shallow contribution beng needlessly repeated. There are people who write book reviews and it’s rarely a major component of the review that the reviewer hates the title of the book. I am discouraged at this portion of the discussion. Kudos to those who are trying to keep the discussion at the level of the things that can be tried, piloted, experimented with, etc. Kudos too to those who’ve had some personal criticism leveled at them for putting their thoughts out there.
2. I am also disappointed that some people have dismissed some of the ideas discussed under this rubric by pointing out that “libraries have always done this stuff”. Really? In my travels I see a lot of innovation in libraries and many libraries are evolving to address the changes in our environment. However, too many haven’t moved into the next generation strategies. Many fail to recognize that the majority of their use is often coming in virtually and they haven’t rebalanced their strategic efforts. Too many haven’t put the librarian and personal services into their virtual environments. Too many haven’t integrated the new tools that make the users tasks easier. Many feel the OPAC and the interface is done despite the fact that many of their users start with Amazon! There are tons of places for us to expend our creative energy for the good of libraries. Believing that we can rest on our laurels because libraries have always done this stuff is not in our users’ best interests. This discussion is about building on our great past, not replacing it.
Anyway, maybe I am ranting a bit. Maybe listening to the change resistance wrapped up as commentary is just pointng to the work we need to do to evolve. The Web 2.0 conversation is happening globally. Library 2.0 is just a part of a larger conversation as the web evolves. Libraries are not an island.

Posted on: January 19, 2006, 7:57 am Category: Uncategorized