Stephen Abram has a great post about The Library 2.0 ‘Bandwagon’ on his blog. If you’re on the wall about Library 2.0 then this is the post to read. Stephen makes some great points that (I hope) will
shut the mouths of the people debunking Library 2.0 and make them go “hmmmm”. make the people debunking Library 2.0 sit back and go “hmmmm”.
2.0 is ‘smoke and mirrors’? I think not. It’s a great title for a conversation about how Libraryland needs to adapt to the wider changes happening in our communities.
Stephen also says that “The users are moving into the control position. Libraries are no longer able to drive the good bus ‘library’ alone.” and then provides a bunch of great examples of how the users are taking control (LibraryElf, LibraryThing, Amazon, etc).
The fact is that the users want self service – and more control! Of course he also brings up a good point and one the reoccurring arguments I see – can we trust the user? What happens if we open up commenting on our blog and the users post something inappropriate? What if we allow users to review books and they use curse words? Well, these are things we need to come up with solutions to – they are not reasons to decide not to upgrade, just hurdles to get over.
[3/1/06 10:04AM – Edit made to better express what I was trying to say]