Thing 22 – Read about Library 2.0

Library 2.0 is term used to describe a new set of concepts for developing and delivering library services. The name, as you may guess, is an extension of Web 2.0 and shares many of the same philosophies and concepts, including harnessing the user in both design and implementation of services, embracing constant change as a development cycle over the traditional notion of upgrades, and reworking library services to meet the users in their spaces, as opposed to ours (libraries).

Many have argued that the notion of Library 2.0 is more than just a term used to describe concepts that merely revolve around the use of technology; it also a term that can be used to describe both physical and mindset changes that are occurring within libraries to make our spaces and services more user-centric and inviting. Others within the profession have asserted that libraries have always been 2.0: collaborative, customer friendly and welcoming. But no matter on which side of the debate proponents fall, both sides agree that the libraries of tomorrow will look substantially different from the libraries of today.

According to Wikipedia, the vision of the Library 2.0 movement is accomplished through trust and by encouraging users to share ideas through writing, rating and commenting on everything in the library, from the collection through to customer service. Proponents of the the Library 2.0 concept expect that ultimately the Library 2.0 model for service will replace traditional, one-directional service offerings that are seen to have characterized libraries for centuries.

General principles of Library 2.0

It is difficult to identify the exact parameters of Library 2.0 since it is in a perpetual beta state. However, there seems to be a general consensus around the following principles:

  • Librarians are allowed to create resources for their users quickly and easily
  • Library Services are frequently evaluated and updated to meet the needs of users
  • Library collections are made available via open, personalized interactive services that encourage content creation, editing, commenting, bookmarking, rating, tagging etc. by users
  • Two way flow of information from the library to the user and from the user to the library
  • Libraries embrace radical trust
  • Libraries give users some measure of control
  • Librarians are knowledgeable about and utilize information tools favoured by users

Your Task

Read through a few of the opinions on the Library 2.0 movement that we provide, or search for blogs about Library 2.0 using Google or Technorati. Write an entry in your blog on something you have learned about the Library 2.0 movement.


Credit: Adapted from the PLCMC Thing posted by HeleneB, under a Creative Commons BY-NC license, and from the Swinburne University Thing posted by TRR (task written by Cleve Carvalho), under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

Original content by Jason Peart for the Chisholm Institute Library.
© Chisholm Institute 2008, released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.


One Response to “Thing 22 – Read about Library 2.0”

  1. BIGcol Says:

    Library 2.0 really is the way to keep up with the times, being totally transparent with the library users, and having complete two – way communications. I noticed a University library in the US created a library Blog called “Library Suggestion Box” this really is putting your money where you mouth is. All suggestion are replied to live by a relevant staff member. Patrons are more likely to make suggestions and comments if they know they will definately get a response as well as being viewed by everyone, no matter how bad they might be. This is really taking it to the people…

    Some librarians would really cringe at the idea of opening up such a can of worms, I rather like the idea of patrons actually getting in volved in their library one way or another.

    I have also inbedded a really interesting Youtube video on “Building Academic Library 2.0”


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