Library 2.0

Library 2.0

Internet Privacy and Web 2.0

The recent kerfluffle about Facebook’s beacon has gotten Karen thinking about Web 2.0 and privacy issues. Inherently Web 2.0 means putting more of yourself out there on the web. She says...

Libraries can learn a great deal about user expectations and privacy by looking at the successes and failures of companies in the Web 2.0 space. The main lesson that can be taken away thus far is that privacy is not an all or nothing proposition for users. Users are willing to trade some privacy rights for an service which adds benefit for them. However...

Thought provoking blog post...

David Lee King posted this a couple of weeks ago about "Ignoring our Digital Community."

Take a look at this paragraph and you'll see what I mean by thought provoking:
"The problem? We don’t have anything for our library’s digital community to do! OCLC’s recent report, Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World says this about our physical libraries: “Offline, libraries are vibrant social spaces. They are hubs of community activities and provide a venue for open exchange and dialogue” (8-5). But online? How many libraries can say they provide “vibrant social spaces,” hubs of community activity” or “a venue for open exchange and dialogue” in our digital spaces? Not too many."

Read the comments as well and share your own ideas. What can we do?

Facebook in business?

From the iLibrarian comes this article on a company that has Facebook Fridays! They are an encouraged to spend an hour of work time updating their Facebook profile, making contacts, and talking to co-workers.

Although this article is referring to a business, the same could apply to libraries. Public Libraries with multiple branches could keep in touch with each other, see whats going on with their co-workers that they might not see more than once a year. Smaller one person libraries can use Facebook to make contacts with the outside library world.

How many libraries I wonder are already doing something like this?

Trying to figure out how to pronounce a word?

Then look no further than Type in a word and it speaks it back to you giving you the correct pronunciation or multiple if there are others ways to say it. Very cool tool. Brought to you by,

Google Alerts

If you aren't familiar with Google Alerts, check out this posting from on what they are and can do for you. Yahoo has a similar service as well. I use them to keep an eye open for library related articles, blog postings etc. Very cool stuff that comes through.

A new dictionary...

Merriam Webster has created a new online "visual" dictionary. Its decent enough for certain topics, but at this time only has 6,000 entries and its selective. If you type in "Mona Lisa" nothing comes up. Its based upon the published version, so perhaps over time they'll add more.

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Free Camtasia Studio download

That's right Techsmith (maker of Camtasia) is offering a free download of version 3 of the software. Camtasia is great for doing recordings for podcasts, tutorials, webcasts, screen recordings, etc, etc. Although Camtasia is up to edition 5 if you download this version you get version 5 for half price (it costs $500 dollars, so half would be $250.00) Check out all of the details courtesy of


Instant 2-point-Opinion Generator

Mash-up any of the following terms for your own personal, unique statement about the impact of social networking and 2.0 technologies on the future of the Internet. It's fun and educational, too!


  • transversable
  • interactive
  • persistent
  • empowering
  • relevant
  • synthesized
  • "it"
  • la chose qui fait le chien rire
  • pro-dividual
  • splunge
  • synergistic
  • user-tastic
  • mashed (or smashed)
  • impactivating
  • metalogue

Let's test it to see how it works: "The impact of social networking on the future of the Internet is both pro-dividual and synergistic. Persistent transversable metalogues have smashed traditional communication and given birth to 'it' by impactivating and empowering."

Isn't that fun!

Use this handy tool for your next presentation. Need to nail that next job interview? Memorize three or four of these buzzwords. Hell, write 'em on your wrist in permanent marker. Soon you will be the "go to" gal when news editors need a trendy library spokesperson. Alternate black marker and correction fluid on your fingernails and then cover the white with hot pink highlighter. Spike up your hair and get that eyebrow pierced and you'll be on your way to Hollywood!

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Library 2.0 owes it all to a stripper.

Ahem, Burlesque Queen.

We here at the effing labs have thought long and hard about Library 2.0 and realized that everything about it can be explained by watching the movie Gypsy, starring Natalie Wood. We've been evaluating the components of Library 2.0 and realized that everything we once thought was new, can now be traced back to a film made in 1962 and even to the Broadway show from 1959 if you want to get picky.

So to redefine Library 2.0 as it is now understood, we'd like to introduce Library Rose Lee™.

We've heard librarians complain about change. But Library Rose Lee is based on the second oldest profession, so it isn't really about change, it's about giving the customer what he wants, about putting it out there and bringing to him, or her, one glove at a time.

Library Rose Lee is for the customers. You can't be afraid to let it all out if you want to get paid.
Library Rose Lee is constantly changing, in front of everyone, taking it off, taking it all off .
Library Rose Lee is about technology and having a gimmick. As Electra (the stripper with the lights) says about her use of technology:

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New OCLC report on social networking

OCLC just released a report called Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World, which addresses social networking and what role libraries may play in this area. Based on their other excellent reports, I'm sure it will present fascinating research.


Harris County PL Learning 2.0 Program for Patrons

Grace writes "iHCPL offers nine weeks of self-paced web instruction plus fun.

Beginning October 1, Harris County Public Library debuts iHCPL: A Learning Experience for Our Customers through the world of web based tools.

Technology has changed the world and not everyone is experienced with the types of free tools that are available online or the ways they can be used in our jobs and personal lives. The iHCPL program was created to increase understanding of and comfort with these tools. This program was adapted from the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg's Learning 2.0 program and has been enthusiastically received by the staff of Harris County Public Library, who started the staff iHCPL program three weeks ago and are ready to share it with the public.

So, if you've ever wondered what it's like to have your own blog, to post pictures on Flickr, to catalog your personal library on LibraryThing or to create your own online alter ego, then the iHCPL learning program is made for you! By the end of this nine week program, you will have done all of these things and much more.

Each week of the program is centered around a theme, such as blogging or sharing photos, and 2-3 discovery exercises are posted each week to explore these themes. Anyone following through the program is encouraged to share their discoveries through their own blog, which is set up as part of the program.

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University of Michigan on Flickr

Sue Wortman writes "The University of Michigan has created a Flickr set celebrating Banned Book Week which starts September 29. The Flickr exhibit features pictures of a wide variety of library staff, each reading their favorite banned book. Books shown in the photographs are linked to the appropriate University of Michigan library catalog record.

The aim of this project is to identify both public service and behind the scenes library staff to our patrons as we encourage the ideals of intellectual freedom necessary in an academic library.

To see the exhibit go to"

They're community centers, says chief who bans hushing at libraries

In at the Brooklyn Public Library: rock concerts, children playing and singing, adults talking.

Out at the Brooklyn Public Library: getting shushed by librarians.

That's because recently-appointed Brooklyn Public Library Executive Director Dionne Mack-Harvin views libraries as community centers - places where people are expected to talk to each other, not sit in silence.

Mack-Harvin is so determined to end the shushing that librarians from all 60 branches have been attending training sessions to get the word out about her approach.

In 2017 libraries will be...

In 2017 libraries will be... These cards are from a campaign run by the National Library of New Zealand at LIANZA Conference 2007: TRANZFORM - Te TÄ«nihanga (9-12 September). Thanks again to Adam!

Who Are Your Top Bloggers?

Earlier this week we saw the much discussed "Top 25 Librarian Bloggers" and now Meredith at Information Wants to be Free is asking for your opinion. Who are your Top Three Library Bloggers?


2007 Biblioblogsphere Demographic Results

Meredith F (Information Wants to Be Free) has the demographics of her 2007 Biblioblogsphere Survey up. Some interesting points!


A Quick Guide to Gaming in Libraries

Anonymous Patron writes "here's a
Quick Guide to Gaming in Libraries...a hot topic this year"


Library 2.Uh-Oh

Anonymous Patron writes "The folks at Library Journal seem to be trying oh so hard to be very cutting-edge and trendy. Take a good, close look at their home page and you'll see blogging, talkback, all manner of boxes and buttons, and lately, what seem to be many "news" stories about vendor products, presumably a cheap way to romance advertisers with free content as an inducement to spend more on display the expense of editorial integrity.

Best, though, could be the RSS feed they must be mighty proud of. Just enter into your feed reader and you'll quickly, easily and conveniently get the latest library news aggregated at the click of a mouse...with the most recent one dated March 12, 2007!!

Nobody at the all high, mighty, trendy and opinionated LJ has bothered to update the RSS feed in almost six months. Nice, huh?"


We Asked for 2.0 Libraries and We Got 2.0 Librarians

In sum, Library 2.0 has done a lot for the library world. So, while the term and hype dies down or changes to something else, rest assured that change has occurred in big ways and that libraries are adapting to the world. They are not doing this through the institutions themselves, but through a steadily increasing change of heart in librarians on the whole. Harp on hype all you want; Library 2.0 needed to happen and the world is better off because of it.



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