Monday, January 01, 2007

15. On Library 2.0 & Web 2.0

Libraries need to adapt a stratergy to deal with constant change. Libraries of tomorrow will look substantially different to libraries today.

Rick Anderson spoke on "Away from the icebergs" 3 icebergs that pose significent threats to our future. 1. Building a large "just in case" print collection no longer makes sense as circulation has dropped dramatically in recent years. As Web 2.0 continues to develop, our borrowers will expect access to everything - digital collections of journals, books, blogs, podcasts ect.
2. Educating our users to retrieve the information they need using One-button commands, such as Flickr's "BlogThis" and easy-to-use programs like Google Page Creator.
3. The "come to us" model of library service where libraries excercised something close to monopoly to power in the information marketplace. We have to find new ways to bring our services to our borrowers rather than insisting that they come to us (i.e., the Web).
Librarian 2.0 also listens to staff and users when planning, tells the stories of successes and failures, learns from both, celebrates those successes, allows staff time to play and learn, and never stops dreaming about the best library services.

The 2nd article I chose to read and talk about was published by Michael Stephens, whom I happened to come across in my previous blog 14. Technorati. Michael titled his article: Into a new world of librarianship. Sharpen these skills for Librarian 2.0.

Librarians 2.0 plan for their users on user needs and wants. They breakdown barriers and allow access wherever borrowers are: home, work, commuting, school or at the library.

Librarian 2.0 embraces Web 2.0 tools.

Librarian 2.0 controls technolust. Technology is tested - does it meet the users need? Does it create a useful service for putting users together with the information and experience they seek.

Librarian 2.0 makes good yet fast decisions - redesigning for ease of use.

Librarian 2.0 is a trendspotter seeking out information and news that may impact future services.

Librarian 2.0 gets content -understanding that the future of libraries will be guided by how users access, consume and create content.

After reading both these articles, I can see that we at Yarra Plenty Regional Library, are definetly moving with the times and embrasing these changes. We are no doubt the leaders in Australia of these constant changes. Doing 2.0 has given me incite to what is out there waiting for us to implament within our library service. We should be proud of our achievements.


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