Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thing 15

Backtracking a bit here, Thing 15 is looking at Library 2.o. This whole 23 Things experience has been all about exploring different Web 2.0 tools and services. So Library 2.0 is taking these kind of tools and using them in libraries or using their principals of user created content to create library specific tools and models of service.

Library 2.0 is certainly a buzz word in the library world, and has been for about 4 or 5 years now (according to the Wikipedia article on Library 2.0). I think we are very much still figuring out what it is and what it means and what it looks like.

So far, the major ways I've seen libraries embracing this whole 2.0 philosophy is through things like NextGen catalogs (that allow patrons to tag and review books), blogs created/maintained by libraries, libraries posting pictures to Flickr, etc. And what do I think about this new trend? I think that anything we as libraries can do to involve patrons in our processes is definitely worth doing. This makes the library less library centered and more patron centered. Or something like that. Honestly, I'm not really sure how or why Libraries 2.0 is beneficial (or if it is even beneficial at all). I think we're all still figuring this idea out and testing it out as individual libraries to see what it can do to improve our services to patrons.

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