July 19, 2006
"Conversation, Community, Connections & Collaboration"
Seventy or so lucky librarians got to see Michael Stephens' and Jenny Levine's "Roadshow" at Princeton PL July 18th. Their travelling presentation is called "Conversation, Community, Connections, and Collaboration: Practical, New Technologies for User-Centered Services" and it's everything you (and your administration!) need to know about actually implementing Library 2.0 technologies.
I'm not going to summarize the entire 5-hour workshop here, but I will highlight some points and ideas I thought were extra-important:
This new kind of librarian approaches librarianship and our customers in special ways. (I'm paraphrasing from Michael & Jenny's presentation heavily here.) She utilizes the social tools of Web 2.0, gets the long tail concept and accepts the wisdom of crowds.
Librarian 2.0 should also probably read the following, according to our presenters:
OCLC Pattern Recognition
OCLC Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources
The World is Flat
The Cluetrain Manifesto
The Future of Music
Six Things to Do Now
One of the greatest things about this Web/Library 2.0 stuff is that so many of the tools are free and easy to use - why not try it? What's the worst that can happen? Michael and Jenny suggest a few things we can all do at our libraries with little fuss.
* Start a "What's New at the Library" blog with Blogger (I also like WordPress.com).
* Appoint a trend reporter - someone who reads inside and outside the field to see what our customers are actually doing. Some sources: Wired, USA Today, Newsweek.
* Train on RSS in your library
* Tell your vendors you want RSS in your products
* Learn about Library 2.0
Oh, yeah - Learn About RSS!
How I wish it had a better name! It's really important, and it's going to get bigger and bigger. You might not even realize you're using it. Do you have a My Yahoo! page with news on it? You're using RSS! Jenny told us that future versions of Microsoft Outlook are going to have an RSS folder, which will make the RSS concept even more mainstream.
There was so much more valuable information packed into this session - I can't wait to see what these two do next! Thanks Jenny and Michael!!
For another perspective on the day, check out Amy Kearns' post on Library Garden.
Posted by Jessica Adler at July 19, 2006 3:42 PM
I was there... it was a very good presentation!
Posted by: Tim Niland at July 20, 2006 3:22 PM
Great post, Jessica! There is also some information over at http://www.librarygarden.blogspot.com ! Thanks! :-)
Posted by: Amy Kearns at July 20, 2006 7:43 PM
I just wanted to add to Jessica's last paragraph about RSS. Another browser, Firefox version 1.5, has an integrated aggregator. They are calling their feature: Live Bookmarks.
Posted by: Ranjna at July 21, 2006 11:45 AM
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