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Privacy, Potential & Pitfalls: Using Ning to Create Community Part Three

The past two months, I've been exploring the use of Ning by public libraries to create communities centered around reader services. We started with a look at Lafayette Readers in Lafayette, Colorado and the online discussion forums at Lisle Library District. I was pondering the third installment...

Where Do We Begin? A Library 2.0 Conversation with Michael Casey

The Library 2.0 (L2) discussion continues across the Biblioblogosphere. Meredith Farkas, in her thoughtful way, recently pondered this at Information Wants to be Free: “I’m still having trouble understanding exactly what library 2.0 looks like and how we reach library 2.0." Making sense of the definitions flying about and pondering a pathway to L2 have been on my mind as well. In fact, I...

Something to Talk About: CPL Scholars Part 3

There are a series of conversations going on in the marketplace. People are talking about things. People are talking about YOUR library online.... Somewhere.—Michael Stephens at the Chicago Public Library’s 2005 Scholars in Residence ConferenceAnd boy are they! Michael's November 18 post (after his stint as a CPL Scholar in Residence earlier this month here in Chi-Town) on the recent...

The Online Library User Manifesto

John Blyberg from the Ann Arbor District Library recently posted an ILS Customer’s Bill of Rights, a very thoughtful reflection that you should definitely click through to. As I was reading it, however, I was also reminded of another bill of rights I recently came across, The Social Customer Manifesto. It’s actually a blog devoted to the social-software movement, but I found the tenets of the...

Do Libraries Matter: On Library & Librarian 2.0

Allow me to direct your attention to this white paper that Ken Chad and Paul Miller just posted at Talis: Do Libraries Matter? The Rise of Library 2.0 (available in PDF format). It’s from the conference where they demonstrated Whisper that Jenny wrote about here. It's time to continue the conversations (and start them if you haven't already) about improving library services for the future via...

The Year of RSS: CPL Scholars, Part 2

RSS is the biggest opportunity we have had since the Web. I’m not kidding you—it’s that big, and if you don’t understand it, you need to. It’s critical that libraries understand RSS.—Jenny Levine, from the Chicago Public Library’s 2005 Scholars in Residence Conference"Really Simple Syndication"—That's what "RSS" stands for, says librarian Jenny Levine, whom most of you know as the...

Social Software for the Rest of Us (or Librarian 2.0)

“Libraries should be seizing every opportunity to challenge these perceptions, and to push their genuinely valuable content, services and expertise out to places where people might stand to benefit from them; places where a user would rarely consider drawing upon a library for support."—Paul Miller, from “Web 2.0: Building the New Library," Ariadne 45 (October 2005) (http://www.ariadne.ac....

Libraries as Social Machines

I realized that last month I promised to write about how many of the pieces of the social software movement came together this year, so here are some thoughts to help you survey the landscape. In my mind, the big players at the moment are the small startups (even if they've since been bought out by larger companies). While there are many, the two leaders are clearly del.icio.us, a social...

It's Good [for Libraries for Him] to Be the King: CPL Scholars, Part 1

The other day, while walking out at the end of a break-out session of the Chicago Public Library’s Scholars in Residence Conference at the Harold Washington Library Center, I mentioned to my colleague, Laura Pelehach (acquisitions editor from ALA Editions), that I wanted to meet him (finally, after seeing him speak on a few occasions) face to face at the reception at the end of day. A...

Library 2.0 in Publish

Publish, published by Ziff Davis Media, Inc., featured a nifty article by Jason Boog last week, "Library 2.0 Movement Sees Benefits in Collaboration with Patrons," which features interviews with Jenny Levine, Aaron Schmidt, and Jessamyn West.According to Boog, "These innovative librarians realize that some Web 2.0 technologies, such as blogs, wikis, and online databases like Google Print, are...

A Discussion with Will Richardson: Librarians & the Read/Write Web

I’ve heard Will Richardson (that's him, at your right) speak twice at various conferences, including last week in Monterey; he keynoted the Internet at Schools conference that ran concurrently with Internet Librarian. Jenny did a bang-up job reporting on his talk here.Will writes one of my favorite blogs, Web-logg-Ed. His day job is Supervisor of Instructional Technology and...