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December 05, 2006



I can actually deal with that definition, and if it was used in that way in the majority of liblogs, the term probably wouldn't irritate me to the extent it does.

I still want to abolish Librarian 2.0, however, which makes me feel like I'm a piece of software just out of beta.


Glad you found this--if you hadn't posted about it, I would've commented that the one person chiefly responsible for getting so many of us all riled up isn't a librarian...

it's Tim O'Reilly.

That he and his came up with 'Web 2.0' in 2004, and that it took many of us until 2006 to get around to struggling with the awkward-at-best 'Library 2.0' idea in direct response to Web 2.0 is a bigger problem to me.

Though I commend those who coined it for sticking their necks out and challenging convention, I don't buy the concept of 'Library 2.0' either, mainly because it's such a mixed metaphor the onlineish versus face-to-faceish parts of which are hard to reconcile, but I do believe as I'll continue to say tirelessly that how our users behave online and what they expect there should motivate us to make things as consistent and easy as possible in a language they can understand and in a way in which they themselves can *participate* in ways we've never allowed them to do. If doing that complies with 'Web 2.0', then fine, we can be buzzword-compliant.

The main issue that I see among some of my colleagues these days is the idea that we start behaving less like traditional libraries with arcane controlled vocabularies and searching techniques that expect users to come to us and speak our language, and more like the rest of the Internet culture that we joined years ago but is eating so many of our lunches by making things easy and DIY, HYW (Do It Yourself, How You Want).

But that's a whole 'nother thread...



Library 2.0 and web 2.0 keeps my attention for the last year or so. I think this definition covers pretty much of the whole library 2.0 thing. Sometimes I have doubts about my L2 understandings and look it up again. At the moment I'm writing an article for our library magazine. Thanks for this good post!

Greetings, Tom(from the netherlands)

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