I just read a great post over at LibraryCrunch entitled: 3 Degrees of Separation: Libraries, Technology, and Administration. I haven't read all of the other articles & posts that are referred to in this post, but it got me thinking about all the work I've had to go through to get my library Web 2.0 ready.
As much as I love learning about Library and Web 2.0 and finding ways to make technology work for patrons and colleagues, I'm not sure that many (most) libraries are ready to take even the baby steps suggested by Michael.
and I have to agree … but that doesn't mean we don't keep pushing.
The one thing that Michael (from LibraryCrunch) mentions that I can't empethize with is that the administration is the force to be reckoned with … in my library that is not the case. Our administration is all about upgrading, it's the librarians (not all of them) that needed the pushing.
Over the last 2 years I have slowly introduced bits & pieces of Web 2.0 technology into the library … our librarians are now doing more and more online … so much so that we just had a discussion with our IT staff about creating a back up machine for our Intranet in case the machine it's on goes down … without our Intranet (which includes modules to allow the librarians to add research links, research tips, blog posts, document delivery orders and much more) our staff would be crippled.
In January I will be releasing our first database driven Intranet, complete with Project Blogs, News Blog, Wiki pages, Shared Calendar and Membership module (specifically for our staff). I have spent the last 4 months sharing tid bits with different staff members, getting them excited about what they'll be able to do … and it has worked. I have heard from more than one librarian that they can't wait for the new Intranet – that it sounds “exciting”.
It took time, and a lot of pushing, but we are on the road to Library 2.0 … and the librarians are right … it is very exciting!