This was a presentation by Jessamyn West, author of librarian.net, co-editor of Revolting Librarians Redux, an ALA councilor, a rural librarian, and library activist.
You can see all the links from Jessamyn's talk at http://www.librarian.net/talks/wla
"Vermont is all rural all the time"
Library 2.0 means...
- the library is no longer the box where the books are
- it's a read/write environment
- Save the time of the reader
- A library is a growing organism.
- Offer an easy way for the public to ask you a question
- consider creating generic email addresses for trustees@ and genealogy@ that get directed to whoever is in charge
- Consider offering IM so the public can reach you quickly & easily; be where your patrons are
- IM is also great for in-house communication with your colleagues
- "remember, we also debated telephone reference"
Wikis aren't for everything, blogs aren't for everything.
Use the appropriate technology for what you want to offer to your patrons.
Blogs & wikis & RSS
- There are very easy tools to blog (like Blogger.com) -- don't settle for using the old-school "myblog.blogspot.com" URL if you already have a domain name for your library; you can publish your Blogger blog to your web site host
- your patrons are already using it and might like help from you about using it
- understand why people might like it
- understand how your library might use it
- it's leaping the "flavor of the month" stage
- is free
- is redistributable
- has an open code base
- is the great unknown
- can have erratic documentation
- be aware of the geek culture vs. librarian culture
- Build your stuff on top of their stuff
- Mashing up the Library contest winners
- It's one easy way to attract people to your library
- In some communities the library offers the only wifi in the area; your library may be the only wifi hotspot in town; this is especially in communties there's no broadband Internet access in the town
- No amount of money will make a tech-phobic staff love technology.
- No amount of dissuasion will keep a technophile away from technology.
- Knowing who you're working with and [the full range of] what your options are is more valuable than any amount of money thrown at your technology problem.