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Presentation for Computers in Libraries, April 2010

Presentation for Computers in Libraries, April 2010

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  • 1. Organization 2.0 (or Can’t Get There from Here) Meredith Farkas Norwich University
  • 2. We really need to do these Web 2.0 things all the other libraries are doing
  • 3. Wikis Facebook Blogs IM RSS
  • 4. Blogging has been so successful at the ___ library; we should do it here too.
  • 5. I think our library really needs a blog to be relevant to our patrons. Don’t worry, I’ll handle everything.
  • 6. So, I’m going to need you to start creating podcasts for students, ok?
  • 7. This will be the best library blog ever!
  • 8. So what’s the problem?
  • 9. Why does it fail? • Use of social software is not seen as furthering the library’s mission • Social software is treated as someone’s “pet project.” • Social software is not planned for strategically like other technologies • Once the newness wears off, people are less motivated to contribute • Staff are not given time to work on social software
  • 10. 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
  • 11. Building Organization 2.0
  • 12. Know your users
  • 13. Encourage staff to learn and play
  • 14. Question Everything
  • 15. Integrate 2.0 philosophy and tech into library planning
  • 16. Treat technologies as tools Facebook Wikis Blogs IM RSS
  • 17. and use them to solve problems
  • 18. Improve communication with our users
  • 19. Highlight our Collections
  • 20. Make our services more visible
  • 21. Improve internal knowledge sharing
  • 22. Develop a Risk- Tolerant Culture
  • 23. Beware the Culture of Perfect
  • 24. Be agile, don’t get attached
  • 25. Good Ideas can Come from Anyone and Anywhere
  • 26. Nurture Talent
  • 27. Give Staff Time for Creative Endeavors
  • 28. Be transparent with staff
  • 29. Encourage Network-Building
  • 30. Create Partnerships
  • 31. Be transparent with patrons
  • 32. Involve Staff from All Levels in Planning I can haz your cooperation?
  • 33. Understand Staff Needs and Limitations
  • 34. Plan for the Continued use and Maintenance of Tech
  • 35. Time Must be Devoted to all This
  • 36. Will you need to create new jobs or just shuffle?
  • 37. Assess, Assess, Assess!
  • 38. Assessing 2.0 • Depends on your initial goals • Web stats • Number of visitors/subscribers/members/ users/fans and their behavior (visits, comments, tags, ratings, etc.) • Surveys and focus groups • Satisfaction, utility, relevance • What do they need/want from the library? • What technologies do your patrons use?
  • 39. Is your organization (as it is currently structured) able to make all this happen?
  • 40. Thanks! mgfarkas@gmail.com AIM: librarianmer Links and presentation at http://meredithfarkas.wetpaint.com
  • 41. Photo Credits • Long Range Plan Discussion http://flickr.com/photos/maubrowncow/2763362494/ by Nebraska Library Commission • O&E Staff and Board Planning Meeting http://www.flickr.com/photos/tyreseus/ 494325133/ by atp_tyreseus • Free as in Beer http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicmcphee/2345633527/ by Unhindered by Talent • Sprout attacks a kleenex box http://www.flickr.com/photos/asimpledarksquid/ 1187308493/ by Squid! • TBLC Annual Meeting http://flickr.com/photos/sylvar/287940515/ by Sylvar • RPFF Portraits & Features #4 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsarkasim/4079152105/ by Tsar Kasmin • Amazing PowerPoint Presentation http://flickr.com/photos/maubrowncow/ 2763362494/ by maubrowncow • Slide from “If You Build It, Will They Care?” http://www.slideshare.net/charbooth/if- you-build-it-will-they-care-1159058 By Char Booth and Chris Guder. • Dewey or don't we? http://flickr.com/photos/scampion/1500054745/ By scampion • RISK #2 http://flickr.com/photos/tollaksen/967960/ by Bjornar • Perfection http://flickr.com/photos/unloveable/2401166750/ by unloveable
  • 42. Photo Credits • IMG_2016.JPG http://flickr.com/photos/stevenjude/848723658/ by stevenjude • Toolbox full http://www.flickr.com/photos/zakh/337938459/ by Austin ampersand Zak • Wait: I’ll fix it. http://flickr.com/photos/stshores24/488419188/ by sshores24 • 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 • Rapid Shuffle http://flickr.com/photos/latitudes/66424863/ by Johnny Blood • sunny day http://flickr.com/photos/iamthebestartist/2226165685/ by jessamyn