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Is There a Library 1.0? Does it help to ask?

I notice that you have not provided a definition of Library 1.0. You and I have previously discussed this and how when discussing (debating?) the transition from Library 1.0 to Library 2.0, it is natural for those interested in this concept to first seek a definition of Library 1.0. Personally, I think that defining Library 1.0 would be difficult, and possibly even counterproductive. I’d love to see your comments on that here on LibraryCrunch.

This comment from Laura revolves around an issue that the two of us have been discussing for several days now – what are we moving away from?  I’m going to agree and say that providing a strict definition of Library 1.0 would be counterproductive.  However, Library 1.0 can be illustrated in a few ways.

First, Library 1.0 really is whatever point you are at now.  The crowds we are serving now are the crowds that we have served for some time.  Using the long tail concept, most libraries have become quite adept at serving the users who populate the left axis – we know them well, we know their needs, and we have tailored our collections and services to meet the majority of their desires.  However, as the long tail idea illustrates, as needs begin to differ and as that tail expands out to the right, the number of users and the diversity of needs grows.  The reality is that the number of users who have needs that are not being met outnumbers those whose needs we are meeting.  In other words, we are offering services that are not wanted by a majority of our population. 

Long Tail 

Another illustration of Library 1.0 is the current project cycle of planning, implementing, and forgetting.  Libraries (and any bureaucracy) are excellent at planning and preparing – we often prepare and plan for years – but when those plans are put into place and executed we have a tendency to walk away without performing constant follow-up.

These are but two things that reside in the world of Library 1.0.  I think that what we need to remember is that Library 1.0 is a restrictive place, governed by strict hierarchies, rigid boundaries, and underpinned by change-avoidance.  Perhaps this is sufficient -- knowing what we are wanting to move away from and where we want to go.  The mechanism that is Library 2.0 will assist us in this journey.

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