Wednesday, January 30, 2008

How Should One Define Library 2.0?

Meredith Farkas has made a valiant attempt at defining the rather ambiguous notion of "library 2.0" in a post to her blog Information Wants to be Free titled The Essence of Library 2.0?

I've excerpted the following definition from her well thought out and heartfelt (and long) original post:

"I’ve tried to define Library 2.0 for myself. I see it as:
  • Working to meet changing user needs - get to know your users and non-users, develop a culture of assessment, examine any and all assumptions about how services and systems should “be”, visiting other libraries and remembering what it is to be a patron, and then changing once you’ve figured it all out.
  • Believing in our users - trusting them, listening to them, giving them a role in helping to define library services for the future
  • Getting rid of the culture of perfect - being able and willing to experiment, learning from failure, being agile as an organization, continuously improving services based on feedback rather than working behind the scenes for ages to create the “perfect” product or service
  • Being aware of emerging technologies and opportunities - looking for partnerships in your community or with other libraries, being aware of library and technology trends, giving staff time to try out new technologies and learn
  • Looking outside of the library world for applications, opportunities, inspiration - understanding the culture of the technologies and how they are used by the public, seeing how technologies are implemented in non-profit and for-profit institution
Of course, if you asked me what any good library should be doing, you’d get that same list."

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Michigan Library Association - handouts and presentations

I noticed that the handouts/presentation slides for many of the MLA Conference presentations were just posted on the MLA website (scroll down to the bottom of the page):

So, you can check out some of the programs you might not have been able to attend.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Code4Lib Journal

I read about this new open access (!) library journal, Code4Lib Journal on the "Confessions a Science Librarian" blog.
I think this new publication is worth checking out. Consider looking at the table of contents of the 1st issue. I copied/pasted a portion of the Code4Lib J mission statement:

"Libraries have seized upon advances in computer technology, using computers and the Internet to offer unprecedented access to information and library resources. Ironically, the prodigious increase in tools for accessing information has left many with difficulty managing information about these tools. Projects are announced on blogs, in IRC channels, on websites, at conferences, and many other venues. It can require a research project just to find out what a tool does. Online professional/social networks help mitigate this problem, but entering into these networks can present an unnecessary obstacle to the uninitiated.The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) will provide an access point for people looking to learn more about these tools, about approaches and solutions to real-world problems, and about possibilities for building on the work of others, so that the wheel need only be invented once, and can then be cooperatively improved by all."