I had started a post about this based on the readings provided, but I’m scratching that to just write from my heart 🙂 What is Web 2.0? It is an empty shell until users add content. I am amazed over and over again at how participatory this new age of technology is. I distinctly remember saying to myself in college “I am never going to have a job that involves technology” because I knew I didn’t have the mind or heart to be a “techie.” Yet here I am, heavily involved in technology and — for the most part — enjoying it. I thank the “techies” who are able to build the types of technology which allow me — a lowly “non-techie” — to participate.
In many ways, web 2.0 is like democracy . . . it can get messy, but for the most part it can allow the will of the people to happen. (Perhaps Google is the equivalent of the Supreme Court and we have to ensure there are checks and balances to ensure my statement above is correct?). I think a lot about the book “The Wisdom of Crowds” (which has its detractors) because it kind of blew away my concept of “expert” and showed me that “more” can be “smarter.” That’s the potential I see for this web 2.0 world . . . that it has the potential to make society smarter, more collaborative, and more free.
As for “Library 2.0” I liked the following statement from Sarah Houghton, quoted by Michael Stevens, requoted by John Blyberg, and posted by 23ThingsOnAStick: “Library 2.0 simply means making your library’s space (virtual and physical) more interactive, collaborative, and driven by community needs. Examples of where to start include blogs, gaming nights for teens, and collaborative photo sites. The basic drive is to get people back into the library by making the library relevant to what they want and need in their daily lives…to make the library a destination and not an afterthought.”
While some may argue that libraries have always been “2.0”ish, I say that there can never be too much effort made toward helping libraries be “interactive, collaborative, and driven by community needs.” And if it takes a new, trendy term to keep that concept at the forefront, I’m all for it.