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Library 2.0 in the Real World



Keynote for Iowa Small Libraries Online Conference

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Library 2.0 in the Real World Library 2.0 in the Real World Presentation Transcript

  • Library 2.0 in the Real World
    • Meredith Farkas
    • Norwich University
  • So what is library 2.0?
  • Web 1.0: Democratized Access to Information
  • Web 2.0: Democratized Participation
  • Revolutionary or evolutionary? http://www.davidleeking.com/2007/08/24/library-20-ripples-another-go-at-the-graph/
  • What is different now?
  • Technology has enabled us to do so much more
  • but we’re no longer the only game in town.
  • Library 2.0 is a state of mind
    • Working to meet changing user needs
    • Trusting our users (radical trust)
    • Getting rid of the culture of perfect
    • Aware of emerging technologies and opportunities
    • Looking outside of the library world for applications, opportunities, inspiration
  • What do you think when you read these headlines?
    • New Open Source Social Catalog (SOPAC) 2.0 Debuts in Darien Public Library
    • Columbus Metropolitan Library chooses Aquabrowser as its visual discovery interface
    • DCPL iPhone application ready for download
    • The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County has videos on YouTube
  • Wow! That’s pretty cool, but...
    • We don’t have programmers on staff to make stuff like that happen.
    • We don’t have the money to make stuff like that happen.
    • Our patrons don’t use iPhones.
    • We don’t have the equipment to create videos.
  • Does this mean 2.0 technologies aren’t meant for small libraries?
  • 2.0 technologies are for ALL libraries!
    • Allow libraries to more easily communicate, collaborate and connect with patrons online
    • Options at all price points (free to $$$)
    • Options for all levels of tech-savvy
    • Options for all types of patrons (tech-savvy to computer novices)
  • 2.0 technologies can allow libraries to...
  • Communicate with their users
  • Share knowledge more effectively
  • Become More Transparent
  • Highlight Collections
  • Be where our users are
  • Collect Local Knowledge
  • Building Organization 2.0
  • Avoid technolust
  • Know your users
  • Develop a Learning Culture
  • Develop a Risk-Tolerant Culture
  • Give Staff Time for Creative Endeavors
  • Encourage Network-Building
  • Involve Staff from All Levels in Planning I can haz your cooperation?
  • Create partnerships
  • Time Must be Devoted to all This
  • Consider maintenance and sustainability
  • Assess, Assess, Assess!
  • Thanks!
    • [email_address]
    • AIM: librarianmer
    • Links and presentation at
    • http://meredithfarkas.wetpaint.com
  • Photo Credits
    • Day 255: Magic Wand http://flickr.com/photos/amanky/1369773967/ by Amanky
    • Library 2.0 Meme Map http://flickr.com/photos/gbierens/178568449/ by Gerard Bierens
    • Digitage Web 2.0 http://flickr.com/photos/oceanflynn/315385916/ by ocean.flynn
    • The hopeless drunker part 3 http://flickr.com/photos/photoarias/2185288447/ by Roberto Arias
    • RISK #2 http://flickr.com/photos/tollaksen/967960/ by Bjornar
    • Farm Cat Group http://flickr.com/photos/weesmalldoll/432578986/ by weesmalldoll
    • The Spongebob Square, Er, Roundpants Juggle http://flickr.com/photos/cayusa/2574029855/ by Cayusa
    • sunny day http://flickr.com/photos/iamthebestartist/2226165685/ by jessamyn