Library 2.0 is term used to describe a new set of concepts for developing and delivering library services. The name, as you may guess, is an extension of Web2.0 and shares many of its same philosophies and concepts including harnessing the user in both design and implementation of services, embracing constant change as a development cycle over the traditional notion of upgrades, and reworking library services to meet the users in their space, as opposed to ours (libraries).
Many have argued that the notion of Library 2.0 is more than just a term used to describe concepts that merely revolve around the use of technology; it also a term that can be used to describe both physical and mindset changes that are occurring within libraries to make our spaces and services more user-centric and inviting. Others within the profession have asserted that libraries have always been 2.0: collaborative, customer friendly and welcoming. But no matter which side of the debate proponents fall, both sides agree that libraries of tomorrow, even five or ten years from now, will look substantially different from libraries today.
- OCLC Next Space Newsletter – Web 2.0: Where will the next generation of the web it take libraries?
- Wikipedia – Library 2.0
- Library 2.0 Discussions (list of great references from Wikipedia)
- Library Journal September 2006 article on Library 2.0 (there are some great references at the end of the article for further exploration as well).
- Tame the Web – the blog of Michael Stephens. Stephens did a presentation at the Fall Colloquium in Lincoln in November 2007 and continues to blog on library/web 2.0 (check out his tags).
1. Read some of the perspectives on Library 2.0 from the list above.
2. Create a blog post about your thoughts on Library 2.0 - It's many things to many people. What does it mean to you?