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Library 2.0

The Digital Divide Inside the Library

Technology and reference are intertwining strands of public service. The task of keeping up with Librarians (and their jobs) is getting techier. As our systems get more sophisticated and our desire to overhaul and remake those systems gets more intense, libraries need librarians who are tech savvy...

On the Road with Jenny and Michael

Friday was the first date of the ‘Conversation, Community, Connection, and Collaboration: Practical, New Technologies for User-Centered Services' Road Show, and after some minor technical difficulty—which co-presenter Jenny Levine sportively referred to as ‘Technology Minus 2.0'—those of us in attendance settled in for a thought-provoking morning session. Hosted at the Chicagoland-serving...

The Digitally Re-Shifted School Library: A Conversation with Christopher Harris

In late January, I spoke at the Panhandle Library Access Network's Tech Day on technology, staff, and users in libraries. “Planning, People & Participation" took the attendees through a gamut of social tools and ideas for effective use of technology in all sorts of libraries. In fact, some of the most interesting discussions came from the school-media specialists, who were excited by what...

Library 2.0 in the Real World

If you're still fuzzy on the "Library 2.0" concept (a bandwagon on which I am proud to say I am still a passenger), then this is your lucky day. I'm still waiting for the video from this month's OCLC Symposium, "Extreme Makeover: Rebranding an Industry" (notes here), to go online to highlight how libraries can do more in the physical world to implement L2 concepts. But now, thanks to both North...

On the L2 Train

A lot of folks are winding up 2005 with a look back in various articles or blog posts. Some are looking toward 2006. One post that John Blyberg pointed me to is Dion Hinchcliffe's "Where Are We with Web 2.0?" Hinchcliffe writes: A lot of smart, passionate folks have weighed in and the consensus, at least in my mind, clearly points to Web 2.0's promise and value. I myself come in on the side...

Misquote, Midwinter, and More

Misquote Thanks, TangognaT, for catching this misquote in Michael Stephens's and Michael Casey's latest co-authored post, "Better Library Services for More People" on this blog. > Hi,> Thanks for the mention in your ALA TechSource post. I think I was> misquoted a little bit.... I don't think my original post contains> the text "It's time for examples."Sorry about that!...

Better Library Services for More People

UPDATE TO ORIGINAL POST on January 19, 2006 Please note that content, noted in text, has been amended. “What's going on here? I think Library 2.0 is a library response to the larger social technology changes going on right now. I wouldn't be surprised if there's an Automotive 2.0, a Psychiatrist 2.0, or a Teacher 2.0. Some librarians are noticing the change and are trying to figure out how...

'New Tech & User-Centered Services' Road Show

 If you live in Chicagoland, then you likely know about the tremendous learning resources the Metropolitan Library System provides for the area's libraries. One of MLS's library-tech gurus is none other than Jenny Levine and, along with the help of Tame the Web's Michael Stephens (both of whom are contributors to this blog too), MLS will be providing yet another useful new-technology learning...

What Is New about Library 2.0

I've been fascinated by the conversations taking place about Library 2.0, because even just a year ago it seemed unthinkable we would be at the point at which we have a name for the next generation of online library services. And yet, here we are. Unfortunately for me, other commitments have kept me offline for much of the last few months, so I've missed the details of those discussions. Still...

A View from the Top: An Administrator Eyes L2

Before Christmas, library director and blogger Michael Golrick posted “Library 2.0—Does it disenfranchise those who need us most?" at his blog, Thoughts from a Library Administrator.Golrick is the City Librarian, Bridgeport, Connecticut, entering his fifth year of service in that position. He has lived in Bridgeport for almost 25 years, working in various libraries in the area. I am tickled that...

Mulled Whine

For the last few mornings during my pre-dawn walkabout with our dog Max I have been mulling over the Library 2.0 thing, especially the overview that Michael Stephens posted on this blog in November.Some of the ideas jostling under the Library 2.0 rubric I have never even considered, which is great. Others are ideas I have been mulling over and whining about—primarily internally as a private...