Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thing 15: Library 2.0

I read the article, "Into a New World of Librarianship" in the OCLC newsletter written by Michael Stephens. I liked many of his ideas for bringing our libraries into modern time. He believes that Library 2.0 means that we need to design our services with the patron in mind. We need to think about their needs and then arrange our services and resources to meet their needs. We also need to bring our resources into their space- using tools like a library web page, online OPAC, My Space or Facebook account, email and instant messenging. We shouldn't start adding new technology just for the sake of "technolust," but should really think about which new technology tools will work best to meet our patrons' needs.

Into a New World of Librarianship:

The concept of Library 2.0 is a two way street. No longer does information flow only from the library to the patron. Now, information flows both ways.

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