Monday, May 4, 2009

Thing 2: Learning about Learning 2.0

John Blyberg describes Library 2.0 like this: “Library 2.0 simply means making your library’s space (virtual and physical) more interactive, collaborative, and driven by community needs.” For Thing 2, please complete Part 1 and Part 2.

Part 1: Learning
Start out by choosing at least two of the four activities below, to help you learn more about Web 2.0 and Library 2.0.

1) Watch this video about Library 2.0. The speaker is Stephen Abram, who is Vice-President of Innovation at Sirsi-Dynix.
2) Read this blog post: by John Blyberg Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience at the Darien Library in Connecticut.
3) Read this webpage about Web 2.0
4) Watch the video on this page

Part 2: Sharing
Write a post on your own blog about your thoughts about Library 2.0 or Web 2.0 and how they apply to you and your library.

It would also be a good time to click here and look at your fellow participants’ blogs.


Joan said...

ok. I read #'s 2 & 3; can't watch videos (at school) because they're blocked = SOCIAL NETWORKING! whodathunk?

My thoughts re: #'s 2 & 3: did anyone else notice how old the articles are? 2005 and 2006!

Lyny said...

As a retired teacher of 38 years I never would have thought I would be teaching a machine to teach others...we are the library and the machine is us! AMAZING!

Michele said...

No. 3 was dated 2007, so that's not so bad. At the TechNet conference they had an interesting speaker, Jesse Ephraim, whose topic was Web 3.0, which seems to be a system that is able to interpret words and meanings on a website (identifying names, nouns, companies, etc.). I'd like to study that some more, too.

Danelle said...

Don't know if video was pulled from site or what, but I was not able to view it at all.

Jeff said...

Which video didn't work for you, Danelle? --Jeff

Gerald Warfield said...

I've hit a snag already. Step two says to post a comment on your blog about your thoughts on L2 or W2. I see no button, gizmo or instruction on my blog page as to how to enter another post. Nada. I've created the blog; I can comment on the blog, but how do you enter a new post? I think the problem here is that the people who create these things see all the answers themselves and just have no idea how a person new to the technology sees them.
Gerald Warfield

Jeff said...

Gerald--You will want to make sure that you are signed in. Look at the upper-right corner of the blog, and you should see a link to "Sign In." Once you are signed in, you should see options to create posts. --Jeff

Anonymous said...

I wondered about the dates also, but the ideas are still relevant I think and it's interesting to see some of the "beginning" thoughts, especially as I use TCEA sigs and such to try to keep up with the latest -- a challenge indeed.
Also, like Lyny, as a long time teacher, seeing the many paradigm shifts in education has been another interesting thing. My mother is a retired teacher and notes that her colleagues thought she was tech savvy when she could actually thread the film through the projector correctly.

Just Bloggin' along said...

This is the video I have used to talk about the need to change how we are working with patrons.
If You Tube is Blocked youc can also find it on TeacherTube at

Arlington Public Library said...

I watched Stephen Abram video and read Web 2.0. The video was interesting and explained some of my questions about what this expercise is about. The Web 2.0 article also explained some of my questions about what does Web 2.0 exactly mean. I hear people using the expression but have never had a clear understanding - the article did a good job of explaining it and providing background.

Rejoyce said...

I watched both videos and have read the webpage. I understand the overall shift but I still feel lost in the details of application and how it applies to me and my library.

Vidya Krishnaswamy said...

Don't get stuck with not understanding the videos and the webpage. Go on to the next things play with them. You might find some tools which might apply to your library.

Chris said...

My question is at what point do we stop referring to things as 2.0 and begin the 2.1 or 3.0 category?

AnnetteinTX said...

I know that I need to learn so much more
about conversing via blogs, twitter ect.
Playing around with the 23 will hopefully
give me the push that I needed.

Alexis Ackel said...

Clearly, libraries have to embrace new technology to remain relevant. I do think a good case can be made for cautious exploration of the murky depths of Web 2.0. Only time will tell which components of Web 2.0 will ultimately prove worthy of resource investment. I think what we have to learn is not so much how to use the various applications but how to remain open minded about new uses of technology and their broader implications.

Vidya Krishnaswamy said...

Just came across this post by Robert Scoble in Scobleizer's blog post and thought it might interest you.

texaslibrarian said...

I want to embrace this form of technology so that I can try to keep up with all the information knowledge that I know my patrons possess. It is very necessary for librarians to be somewhat knowledgible because I feel that we will be using all of this technology sooner than we want to realize.

Carol Anne said...

I read Tim O'Reilly's rather lengthy (2005) article on Web 2.0. He seemed to have covered the waterfront about the differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 . . . It took me three readings to really understand about 1/2 of it. But, it is amazingly complete for having been written four years ago. However Stephen Abram's video put Web 2.0 into perspective for the "how" and "why" questions which librarians typically raise when new technology is introduced. Web 2.0 raises the bar for performance by librarians but, also poses unique challenges for users who are under the age of 20 and still in the classroom.

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