Wednesday, December 9, 2009
#15 - Library 2.0
As I understand it, Library 2.0 refers to the concept that library services are becoming more user centric. This means that library users are encouraged to participate in library services. These 23 things have introduced several applications that enable and encourage this type of participation. Libraries are now on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. They use Flickr and establish Wiki's. Patrons can search library OCLCs, request books online and use self-check-outs. We were directed to read two or three of the perspectives presented in the resources and comment on one -- adding our own thoughts. Not only because Dr. Schultz's first name is Wendy, but because I also liked what she wrote I would like to comment on her ideas. Briefly, I mirror her thoughts that encouraging more involvment from the library patron through the use of technology applications is a good thing. Any increased involvement from our patrons can only be desirable. I also agree that the patron still needs the guidance of the librarian as she sets out in her Library 3D scenario -- where the "avalance of material available will put a premium on service". The new library is not only "in the community, but is a community". Dr. Schultz's dream Library 4.0 is that kind of a community containing Libraries 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0, as a knowledge base, barrier-free, everywhere, participatory, and with (my favorite), the image of a country house library -- a comfortable retreat.