I found this blog post excellent reading. I’ve lived through many of the so-called eras of information. I was an early ‘online’ denizen and lived through CD-ROM, the Internet, networks, intranets, the Web, Web 2.0, new media, and more. Nothing disappeared, it just became so, well normal. We stopped noticing it because it became so usual and ordinary. And libraries adapted, albeit differentially, to every shift.
“If the above chart is to be believed, social media overtook web 2.0 in popularity at the end of 2009.”
So, we’ll be watching for the next waves. It’s not over yet and we’ll have tons of great new things to play with, learn and evaluate. The reasons we use them won’t change though – community, learning, knowledge creation, creative expression, entertainment, interaction and more – it’s all so human.
And when humans are involved, libraries and librarians have nothing to fear and everything to be excited about.