Library 2.0

I guess with Web 2.0 there is now so much content that it seems overwhelming to me. I did enjoy the days when you went to a site, got the info you needed and that was it. Now you have to wade through a whole bunch of junk from just any old body to find the facts. I love myspace and facebook and all those other time killers but when it comes to finding information, I want a clean website that is not bogged down with a lot of junk and oppinions I care nothing about.

As for Library 2.0, here is my favorite quote on the subject taken from Away from Icebergs:

Reliance on user education Libraries are poorly equipped and insufficiently staffed for teaching. Ask yourself what your patron-to-librarian ratio is (at the University of Nevada it’s about 680 to 1) and then ask yourself how you’re going to train all those patrons. We need to focus our efforts not on teaching research skills but on eliminating the barriers that exist between patrons and the information they need, so they can spend as little time as possible wrestling with lousy search interfaces and as much time as possible actually reading and learning. Obviously, we’ll help and educate patrons when we can, and when they want us to, and the more we can integrate our services with local curricula, the better. But if our services can’t be used without training, then it’s the services that need to be fixed—not our patrons. One-button commands, such as Flickr’s “Blog This,” and easy-to-use programs like Google Page Creator, offer promising models for this kind of user-centric service.


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