Sunday, March 21, 2010

Thing #15 Web 2.0 and Library 2.0

The article "Away from the Iceburgs" talks about the need to move away from the proverbial iceburgs or practices and attitudes that could potentially lead to the downfall of libraries. While moving away from the old school of thought we should be moving towards making the user our number one priority. Our goal as librarians should be to meet the needs of our patrons by getting the information they need in their possession easily and quickly. Information should be available wherever the users are - at home, at work, at school. Ease of access and use are key.

The article "Into a New World of Librarianship" acknowledges the fact that embracing Web 2.0 tools is necessary to meet those needs. A librarian should become a "trendspotter" by reading about up and coming technology that will affect library services and the users and be ready to integrate new technologies into the ever growing and changing array of library services.

I think the bottom line is if a librarian always keeps in mind that we are serving the patrons and always searches for better ways to do so, the library (either physically or virtually) will never become obsolete but rather continue to be an institution of learning and growing.

1 comment:

  1. Sure was lots of food for thought in the Away From The Iceberg article. Are we on the Titanic???