February 9, 2008 at 4:11 pm (learning 2.0, library, library tech, social networking, web 2.0) ()

I’ve been thinking a lot about web 2.0 – I’ve read all kinds of blogs from people that are involved learning 2.0. I’ve even had discussions with people that really just don’t get the point of it all. So here are my conclusions, so far.

Web 2.0 is about communication and connection. Not all of our library patrons come into the library anymore. And with budget cuts, and less open hours; servicing our communities is harder. With a number of the web 2.0 products , we can serve our patrons in the way and in the time they need our help.

Blogs: they won’t replace, letters, press releases, newsletters, or emails, right away. But they can craft your image, publicize events, and share the breath and depth of your library collection. And unlike every other means of communication – your readers come to you. The first time someone finds your blog , it might be an accident. Those that come back want to know what you have to say.

Flickr and other photo sharing places – It seems obvious- pictures of events, books, etc . can help sell your services. But what if you set up a group – and let your patrons share their library experiences in photos ? We always say that our library is built by the community and for the community it serves, so why not let them share what they’ve experienced at the library.

RSS, Bloglines – I see mostly as a personal education tools but knowing what they are and how they work can help us educate our patrons.

Rollyo – Every library has that question or group of questions that come in every year. ( Valley of the kings? I need to know about X cells? What can you tell me about the white witch of Niles? ) putting together search engines that will give you the answers to the variations of the usual questions – priceless. And something we should be good at. Think about it – a database that we can create .

LibraryThing – let’s just go create reading lists! Control your tags -and put together all the YA, reluctant readers , and princess book lists you want.

del.icio.us – putting together a list of the sites that the library trusts and knows – that is flexible and ever changing – what more could you want. I worked at a library that wanted to keep the bookmarks on all the staff (public service) computers the same – so everyone had the tools they were used to using everywhere. del.ico.us could solve that problem. Get a sign in for the library – keep your public service bookmarks on del.icio.us and you can get them everywhere you work.

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