Week 6 Thing #15

What does Library 2.0 mean?
In my view, libraries have always had a 2.0 bent, because the ideal library program considers the patron’s needs first. The overriding consideration in a good library program has always been maximizing access to information–isn’t that a core idea at the heart of Web 2.0/School2.0/Library2.0?

I do believe though that in an information rich environment such as today’s, libraries must continually search for ways to remain relevant to their patrons. We know we’re the ideal resource people to help students/teachers with:

  • location of authoritative resources
  • resource evaluation
  • reader’s advisory
  • new and promising trends in education, etc.

However, I do not think we always market ourselves to our communities effectively. Web 2.0 tools can facilitate our efforts.

Of the articles/blogposts that we read for this exercise, I found Rick Anderson’s Away from the “icebergs” to be the one that I kept thinking about. His assertion that we can no longer maintain a “just in case” collection fits right in with Warlick’s idea that schools must change because information is ubiquitous in the digital age–the info itself is no longer “precious.” We are no longer the gatekeepers to knowledge, so we have to establish what we are going to be.

Our services must be accessible–at least in some form– around the clock, or our patrons will look elsewhere to get their needs met. Our millennials have come to expect that! Anderson’s third point is that patrons must know about and know how to use our resources, and I think this is the point that librarians in my district (including me) must really concentrate on. We are wildly lucky to have a variety of resources in my district, including research databases, unitedstreaming, teachingbooks.net, online encyclopediae and more! We know about them and how to access them–it’s a constant challenge to keep our teachers/students aware! Web 2.0 tools can help!

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