Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Week 6: Thing #15 Library 2.0

The viewpoints shared in the OCLC Newsletter speak not just of new technology, but rather how that technology can support a whole new way of thinking and communicating. Our textbook, Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools agrees: "The shift to Web 2.0 tools can have a profound effect on schools and learning, causing a transformation in thinking. This will happen because the tools promote creativity, collaboration, and communication" (p. 21).

That's what Library 2.0 means to me! It's a dynamic process that's interactive and creative. According to our text, it follows brain-compatible principles of learning and features "interconnectedness, immediacy, interactivity, communications, and community" (p. 24.). The user plays an active role in shaping the school library environment, its resources and how those resources are disseminated, shared and tailored to individual needs. Out of all of the articles, "Away from the icebergs" resonated the most with me. The icebergs represent a mindset that no longer serves the library profession: investing in a print collection "just in case", offering formidable paths to accessing information, and expecting users to come to the library rather than having the library come to the user.

I also appreciated the balance Michael Stephens suggests Librarians 2.0 need to strike in his article, "Into a New World of Librarianship": embrace Web 2.0 tools while controlling technolust or "buying technology for the sake of technology." Instead the Librarian 2.0 makes good, yet fast decisions based upon staying informed with trends that are successful inside AND outside of our profession.

1 comment:

  1. I think dynamic is just the right word to describe it.....it is all about making kids engage in the learning and it is clear that business as usual is not going to cut it. On the other hand, technology for the sake of it isn't the answer either.

    So here is to avoiding the icebergs....