Librarian 2.0

I am starting to get a bit behind on my reading and OLJ exercises. The joys of trying to balance family, work and study!

Having watched the 2 videos but no reading yet, here are my thoughts on the KSA for an information professional in the Web 2.0 environment:

  1. You need to be comfortable with technology and have an understanding of the technology that underpins the Web 2.0 world. Not only do you need to understand the technology of now so you can support users in its use but you need to know what is on the horizon so you can be prepared to adopt this technology if required.
  2. You need to have a solid understanding of what your organisations needs are from Web 2.0. What is the strategic vision of the organisation in this regard? Having this understanding will allow you to make informed decisions with respect to adaptation of technology. If you know enough about the technology as per point 1, you may be able to influence the strategic direction.
  3. You need to be able to understand the needs of your customers so that you can remain relevant. If you are not relevant that you at risk of being made redundant.
  4. You need to be comfortable with rapid change. Things move very quickly in the Web 2.0 world.

I will post further thoughts as comments, as time allows.


~ by dassocmed on August 16, 2012.

One Response to “Librarian 2.0”

  1. Just read Stephen Abram’s paper. Thanks to Nicole Owens for placing the new link ( on FB. It was quite an interesting read which covered a few topics. I had a look at the Cluetrain Manifesto. Some points in there that I agree with, others not so. I will also need to do some follow up reading on the Open Croquet project. It looks interesting. Reading through the characteristics of Librarian 2.0 it was nice to see that most of my points were covered in his to a greater extent. I agree with what his saying but there is no discussion about how to achieve these changes. The reality is that for a librarian to take on some of the activities like data mining means that something will need to be given up to allow the time to take on this new task. I doubt a library will bring on more staff to achieve this and budgets everywhere seem to be shrinking so more financing is not the answer. The demand for extant services is not likely to go away to create the extra time needed so the question is how to you then get around to do the work to support a Web 2.0 environment for the library?

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