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Here is a slidecast from my presentation to the Library 2.0 Unconference held at the State Library of Queensland on Thursday 10th October. The audio is from my practice runthrough. It is at – What is Library 2.0 ?

Here are the points I made:

1. I don’t want to use the term “Library 2.0”, so instead I’m going to talk about the features of Web 2.0, the power it gives librarians, the power it gives users and some questions to ask when faced with a new web tool.

2. Features of Web 2.0

  • 24/7
  • Read/write web
  • Social
  • Hive mind
  • Mashups
  • Perpetual beta
  • Web as a platform

3. Web 2.0 changes the balance of power in our libraries

4. Librarians have the power to:

  • Get out of our buildings
  • Be in our users’ space
  • Use our buildings in different ways
  • Speak in our own voices
  • Risk
  • Collaborate
  • Control technolust
  • Match the tools to the users
  • Keep the baby (even if we throw out the bathwater)

5. Users have the power to:

  • Create the library
  • Bypass us
  • Laugh at us if we get defensive

6. Some questions to ask about new web tools:

  • How will this help my users?
  • Does it help my users to:
    • Collaborate?
    • Hear us speak with a human voice?
    • Create the library?
    • Get our resources more easily than other ones online?
  • What risk is associated with this and am I ready for it?
  • Could I implement this in beta without it being perfect?
  • Does this change the power balance between librarians and our users?
  • Does it help me to go where the users are?
  • What is the cost?
    • Time
    • Money
    • Skills
    • Lost opportunity
  • What is the consequence if I try this?
  • What is the consequence if I don’t try this?

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  9 Responses to “What is Library 2.0 ?”

  1. Kathryn,
    Great presentation, and I’m sure it will all go well at the Unconference as well.
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now- and I have to say that it was great to hear your voice!
    I’m a librarian working at ACU in Canberra and about to be seconded into an more 2.0 role…so will be in touch.

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  4. Katherine,
    Some time ago you asked me why I used Zoho for my 23 things posts. There are 2 reasons –
    1. I couldn’t work out how to have a separate page in Blogger to display the full text of the “Things” to be done for a particular week while keeping just the basics on the main blog.
    2. Zoho is so Web 2.0 and has great possibilities for collaboration. I didn’t want to be a “know-it-all” so hoped to introduce it to my colleagues through the back door!

  5. Hi Kate. Thanks. It did go well, but that was partly because the day was aimed at people who were passionate.

    Maeve – Ah, I did indeed ask you about zoho. I think you can make the first post remain on top using blogger – if this is what you mean ? Otherwise you could backdate all your new posts so nothing has a date later than your first post (or change the date of your first post to something later each time you add one).

    I think it would work well using zoho, as it looks like there is not a lot of comment action on most 23 Things main blogs anyhow.

  6. this is an excellent article i have come across on library 2.0 concept.Ideas area many
    but when in comes to question of practice, the librarians’ must showcase themselves to the whole world that they are not really opposing the paradigm shift


  7. Madhu. I agree. I think we need to take time to carefully define what the shift is as well.

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