Friday, March 6, 2009

# 15. Library 2.0, Wait, Wait – I'm still on 1.5...

Library 2.0 is 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 Web 2.0 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 (the library).

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 on no matter which side of the debate proponents fall, both sides agree that the libraries of tomorrow, even five or 10 years from now, will look substantially different than libraries today.

Discovery Resources:

OCLC Next Space Newsletter – Web 2.0: Where will the next generation of the web take libraries?

Five Perspectives:

Wikipedia – Library 2.0
Wiki Library

Library 2.0 Discussions
Library References

Discovery Exercise:

Read two or three of the perspectives on Library 2.0 from the list above.

Create a blog post about your thoughts on any one of these. Library 2.0 – it's many things to many people. What does it mean to you?

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