Friday, December 5, 2008

12. Read perspectives on Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and the future

Library 2.0

So, what exactly is Library 2.0?

Library 2.0 is a term used to describe a new set of concepts for developing and delivering library services. The name, as you may guess, is an extension of Web2.0 and shares many of its same philosophies and concepts, including harnessing the user in both design and implementation of services, embracing constant change as a development cycle over the traditional notion of upgrades, and reworking library services to meet the users in their space, as opposed to ours (libraries).

Many have argued that the notion of Library 2.0 is more than just a term used to describe concepts that merely revolve around the use of technology; it also a term that can be used to describe both physical and mindset changes that are occurring within libraries to make our spaces and services more user-centric and inviting. Others within the profession have asserted that libraries have always been 2.0: collaborative, customer friendly and welcoming. But no matter which side of the debate proponents fall, both sides agree that libraries of tomorrow, even five or ten years from now, will look substantially different from libraries today.

There are a number of resources to explore that delve into Library 2.0. You can start with the resources below.

Resources:
Exercise:
  • Read two or three of the perspectives on Library 2.0 from the resource list above.
  • Create a blog post about your thoughts on Library 2.0 - It is many things to many people. What does it mean to you? What do you think it means for your library?

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