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Library 2.0: Two Good Discussions

Two recent postings caught my attention and I'd like to point everyone to them.  The first is an interview Michael Stephens did with Michael Golrick over on ALA's TechSource.  Golrick is the City Librarian in Bridgeport, CT.  The other post is Paul Miller's at Panlibus.   I'd like to reprint here something he said:

Personally, I am increasingly of the opinion that we are wasting our time trying to nail down concrete definitions of either Web 2.0 or Library 2.0. Neither is a concrete thing to be narrowly scoped, and the landscape within which both reside is in flux, rendering anything but the most vague definition obsolete soon after it is agreed. We help no one if we conduct flame wars over whether or not some new capability, or some alternative perspective, fits within a definition that was cast in stone far sooner than it should have been.

I think we do understand what Library 2.0 is about (and that it's more than technology!). Of course, some people give more emphasis to some areas than others, and I might personally question the Library 2.0-ness of an X-Box in a library, but consensus does appear to be evolving around participation, openness, the value of the Platform, taking content and services to people rather than expecting people to come to them, and more.

What Michael Golrick and Paul Miller both hit on is the fact that Library 2.0 is not tech-centric but does attempt to take full advantage of the Web 2.0 tools only now becoming available.  Library 2.0 is a model for library service that reaches out to new users (Long Tail), invites customer participation (participatory service), and relies on constant change (perpetual beta).

Finally, let me say how good it makes me feel to know that administrators like Golrick are thinking about Library 2.0 and the possibilities it has to offer.