Library 2.0

Library 2.0

Building 21st century librarians AND libraries

Meredith Farkas:

So, I think the problem is so much bigger than library schools still teaching students that this tech stuff is optional (which is not to say that isn’t a huge problem too). It’s also the way organizations are structured. So many libraries have a 1.0 org chart for a 2.0 world. They’re not structured to support public services technologies like blogs, wikis, etc. They’re not set up to allow for the sort of experimentation and agile decision-making that is required to meet the changing needs and wants of our users. So I don’t know that in an environment like that, hiring an emerging technologies librarian or a 2.0 librarian or whatever is the answer. You’re just putting a band-aid on a problem that goes to the heart of how your organization is structured and how decisions are made.

The two ways of Web 2.0

Over on Lorcan Dempsey's weblog he has A Neat Post on twopointoh stuff:

When we discuss Web 2.0, there is a temptation to think about blogs and wikis, RSS and a Facebook application, and to stop there. There is also some useful thinking about how to expose web services or data in ways that they can be remixed into other applications. However, Web 2.0 is also about concentration, concentration of data, of users and of communications. We need also to think about how libraries reconfigure services in an environment of network level gravitational hubs, driven by network effects. This will involve greater concentration of library resources in various ways, and also - probably? - greater reliance on other web presences to deliver their services.

Library 2.0 Community on Ning - 1 year old!

The Library 2.0 community on Ning is now one year old. You can find it at There are now over 2700 members. I am amazed at its growth. I started it as a place to play with the new technology, never expecting it to take on a life of its own. It is now self sustaining with little work needed from me as its creator. As Frankenstein said," It's alive!"

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What IS Wikipedia?

Lyndon Larouche PAC writer Brent Bedford explains what <a href="">Wikipedia really is</a>, including this startling revelation: [Jimbo Wales] moved to California and subsequently founded Wikipedia with his good libertarian buddy from the USENET groups, Larry Sanger.

The Story of Library 0.0

<a href="">Library Zero point Zero.</a> We all seem to know what Library 1.0 is/was since we continue to tell everyone how 2.0 we are, and some of us have even begun formulating lies for why we're past that and ready to declare ourselves 3.0. But what about the past; what about the before time? How would we classify the earliest forms of librarianship? I'm trying to understand how Library 2.0 applies to history. At what point can we say that the ideas for a library existed?

Library Zero point Zero

We all seem to know what Library 1.0 is/was since we continue to tell everyone how 2.0 we are, and some of us have even begun formulating lies for why we're past that and ready to declare ourselves 3.0.

But what about the past; what about the before time? How would we classify the earliest forms of librarianship? I'm trying to understand how Library 2.0 applies to history. At what point can we say that the ideas for a library existed?

If we define Library 1.0 as the point where a form of the modern library exists and Library 0.0 is when no ideas for libraries exist, then what falls in between?

Recent excavations have revealed the discovery of an ancient stone pendant to support this theory (see image on my page). Speculation is that early librarians were recognized by wearing a symbol of the goddess Tanit; because it was easy to draw and seen as further proof of early librarianship because of its relationship to clip art and Ellison die cuts.

The earliest libraries were called Marypedia, or Maripedia (or pedians). And beginning with Library 0.2 Maripedia, they promoted their services by wearing variations of the pendant. Although the original Mary was obviously a “zero-point-twopian,” the discovered pendant displays “0.3.” The owner of this pendant clearly saw herself as apart from the other Maripedia, and was probably viewed, like today, as an ahole.

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Kindles can't be lent!

According to Rochelle , who talked to Amazon customer support, libraries that are lending out Kindles (Amazon's ebook reader) to patrons are in violation of the terms of service. She makes some compelling points on questions that Amazon needs to answer, such as ways to disable people from downloading without disabling the account.

Young vs. not so young in technology

An article wasreleased today on young adults vs. the not so young and "tehcnological turf." More young adults are finding not only their friends on Facebook and Myspace, but their parents and grandparents. Gone are the days where they had to walk their parents through how to use a computer, now they want to be "friends" on Facebook or IM. This has raised some issues for young people interviewed in the article, as they try to find a space that adults can't see every move they make.

Library 2.0 Debased

John Blyberg Has Been Feeling, for awhile now, that the term Library 2.0 has been co-opted by a growing group of libraries, librarians, and particularly vendors to push an agenda of “change” that deflects attention from some very real issues and concerns without really changing anything. It’s very evident in the profusity of L2-centric workshops and conferences that there is a significant snake-oil market in the bibliosphere. We’re blindly casting about for a panacea and it’s making us look like fools.

The true pursuit of Library 2.0 involves a thorough recalibration of process, policy, physical spaces, staffing, and technology so that any hand-offs in the patron’s library experience are truly seamless.

Library of Congress and Flickr

The Library of Congress is partnering with Flickr to share access to some of its collections. It's titled The Commons. It's nice that the Library of Congress is seeking new ways to share its collections with those of that can't go to DC.

Facebook lets you clean your profile...

Facebook has announced that they will soon let users clean off their profile a bit of zombies and other assorted applications. What will happen is that these applications will still remain, but just in an "extended profile" view.

"I'm Sorry, that's a video of *What*?"

I just realized why I had to make a video called a cute furry animal recites George Carlin's "seven dirty words" (which is an ADULTS ONLY video with 7 dirty words in it, duh) -- remember what David Lee King said about the library of the future (which is actually from RWW and about the "sexy librarian of the future")?

Imagine a future when you go to the library with a 5 minute video you've just made about last night's Presidential debates and that librarian says to you:
You should upload it to YouTube and tag it with these four tags - two broad and two more specific to existing communities of interest on YouTube and the topic of your video. Then you should embed that video in a blog post along with some text introducing it and linking to some of your favorite posts by other people who have also written today about the Presidential debates. Make sure to send trackbacks to those posts!
Now, I think this is a particularly good video on the topic, so if you're interested I will vote for it on StumbleUpon (as a sexy librarian I have a very powerful account there) and give it a good summary explanation. Any of those are steps you can take that will make your work all the easier for people to discover.

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A new search engine...

Sarah, from LibrarianInBlack, shares this cool search engine that I hadn't seen before. It's called Carrot, and not only is it open source (so you can use it on your library's website), but it clusters results together. What I mean by this is try searching for the term Harry Potter. Over on the side they divide topics up so that you can narrow results by title of books or wands. You also have subheadings so that you can see where the results came from or the sources the engine found it in (such as Ask!, Google, etc.)
Very cool!

Gen y in the library

All the talk about how libraries are losing the younger generation is apparently just A survey done by Pew Internet & American Life Project found that the biggest group is actually Generation Y, the 18-30 year olds. While they may no longer be using the library for what we would call "traditional" reasons, they are using the library.

Interesting use of 2.0 technologies

The Maydupp Library District in Indiana has initiated a new service called, "Dusty Books for Rusty Memories." Patrons between the ages of 60 and 75 are entered into a Circulation database and every time that patron visits the library and checks out materials, a random "dusty book" (one that hasn't circulated in the past six months) is placed on hold in the patron's account. When the patron receives the message the material is on hold, she will often come in to claim the item and check it out, not remembering when or why she placed the hold.

According to Peggy Newton-Figg, the division manager, "older patrons are very trusting and we are usually able to charge these extra books to them without any argument. The patron is often confused by the selection, since it may not be a subject or by an author she's ever heard of, but usually writes off the confusion to having had a 'senior moment.'"

Using this new service, the library as been able to increase circulation by 300%.

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Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication, and Community Online

Social Software in Libraries is written by Meredith G. Farkas who at present is the Distance Learning Librarian at Norwich University in Northfield, VT.

About the Book:

About the Book
Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication, and Community Online

By Meredith Farkas

Foreword by Roy Tennant

Here is the first book to explore the growing phenomenon of social software and how these technologies can be applied in libraries. Social software lets libraries show a human face online, helping them communicate, educate, and interact with their communities. This nuts-and-bolts guide provides librarians with the information and skills necessary to implement the most popular and effective social software technologies: blogs, RSS, wikis, social networking software, screencasting, photo-sharing, podcasting, instant messaging, gaming, and more. Success stories and interviews highlight these tools’ ease-of-use—and tremendous impact. Novice readers will find ample descriptions and advice on using each technology, while veteran users of social software will discover new applications and approaches.

2007/336 pp/softbound/ISBN 978-1-57387-275-1

See .
Social Software in Libraries

Chapter 4 - RSS where my public blogline feeds and my Engineering Library Blog Englibrary are included.

Jay Bhatt’s Feeds in Bloglines
Englibrary Blog

and also

HigherEd BlogCon

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A 2.0 story that doesn’t really involve libraries but does involve saving $12 and a car trip

I like This Quote By Jessamyn West:

Working on the web isn’t just about collecting real and/or imaginary friends and new interactive ways of sharing photos of your cat, it’s also about saving real time and real money so that you can do real things in your offline world.

MySpace Does a Little Censoring of Its Own

Every so often we read about a library filtering MySpace for one reason or another. Now it looks like MySpace is filtering itself.

The site seems to be replacing provocative words in interstitial e-mails. The words "sex toys" arrives with the words replaced with pound symbols, "### ####."

More disturbing is that LGBT organizations are finding that their e-mails and communications are also censored, with MySpace even go so far as to alter links within profiles.

More from Violet Blue.


I know this is probably old news to some, but Yale has officially opened its OpenYale program for seven classes taught by professors at Yale, which is really kinda of cool. You can download onto your MP3 or watch it live online. Best part, you don't have to hand in homework or takes tests!

Students should use Wikipedia...

Here's a posting from the BBC where Jimmy Wales said "teachers who refuse younger students access to the site are 'bad educators'." Now I agree that Wikipedia is a good starting point, but not sure that I would call teachers 'bad educators' because they dislike Wikipedia being cited in papers.


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