2.0 Michaels on Library 2.0

Michael Stephens and Michael Casey publicly hash-out some Library 2.0 thoughts over at ALA Techsource.

A good part of their talk was about how libraries, in many cases, are shooting themselves in the foot. I’d speculate that they’re probably correct in their assessments. We’re lucky at AADL to have forward-thinking people in our administration, but often times, it’s department heads that push the agenda. Talk to them, make them see the light too.

Some highlights:

Casey:
…If you can’t send people to the conference, then at least assign some members of your Emerging Technology Committee to review the info that comes out of that conference and find ways to implement some of the more attractive ideas…

Stephens:
…I cannot imagine a director or administrator that would not want to devote some staff time to an Emerging Technology Committee. It’s a perfect way to start looking at things, aggregating all of the info coming out, and making recommendations. How forward thinking is that? Wouldn’t the board or other governing body be happy that the library was looking toward the future instead of the way things have always been done? …

Casey:
… Dealing with directors and boards reminds me that most of our battles are not with the user but with our own people. Users are often far more likely to embrace new ideas and new offerings than our own administrators! …

…We get stuck in ruts, providing the same services to the same groups of people, without looking beyond our world to the masses that do yet not use our services. I often speak of reaching for that “Long Tail,” the concept of trying to drive toward the large numbers that don’t even think of the library as a resource to be used. If we cannot break out of that mold, that way of thinking, then we will never progress…

(I’d hate to be this library right now.)

Stephens:
So much is coming together in my mind right now: OCLC’s Perceptions, the Gaming Symposium, working with CPL, and following the discourse here. They all feed into the idea of L2. The idea of the library as a spot for kids to race and dance and for young people to record podcasts and develop digital videos just like the great directors and seek their own forms of entertainment to their hearts’ content…it makes me very happy …

Great post, guys.. and what a good format for this discussion.


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