library 2.0why not let the users run the library? jakob harnesk 13th nordic i&d conference june, 2007
something someone might have said (17th century) • “Why didn’t we let the sailors build the ship?” (Wasa shipbuilding company)
something else someone might have said (21th century) • “Why not let the readers write the encyclopedia?” Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
Democracy 2.0 Culture 2.0 Enterprise 2.0 / Business 2.0 ESP 2.0 Human being 2.0 Openness 2.0 (Carl Bildt) Government 2.0 Freedom 2.0 Enlightenment 2.0 And …. we are living in world 2.0
blogs • Approaching 100 million blogs • > 120 Swedish library blogs • Why? • Simplicity • C Me gen • Culture of Exposure • Communication and diversity
the long tail • Chris Andersson • “We sold more books today that didn't sell at all yesterday than we sold today of all the books that did sell yesterday” (Amazon)
wikipedia • Jimmie Wales • Encyclopedia Galactica / Asimov • History of Encyclopedias • 17th century: Diderot, Voltaire and other: Encyclopédie (29 yrs) • 18th century: Encyclopedia Britannica, 3rd ed: 20 volumes, 80 000 articles (10 yrs) • 21st century: Wikipedia, 7,5 million articles in 253 languages (1,8 million in English). (6 yrs)
(looking back) • “no matter how small and narrow your subject is, it is very likely that you can find something written on it in Wikipedia”.
(word swap) • “no matter how small and narrow your subject is, it is very likely that you can find something written on it in ……..”.
et voilá! • “no matter how small and narrow your subject is, it is very likely that you can find something written on it in - the library”. • What constitutes a library? • A sufficient number of resources • A sufficient number of users
tagging • Good old classification • Added: design elements • A way to group and connect users • Del.icio.us • LibraryThing • Last.fm
Flickr YouTube MySpace FaceBook LinkEdin RSS Podcasting Twitter Mash-ups instant messaging open source more web 2.0
library 2.0 concepts • Understand the user and get closer to the user • Trust the user • User-generated content • What do other players do? • Integrate web site with OPAC • Constant beta • Visibility of staff competence • Library community is users and staff.
Public libraries at a crossroad • Lending figures going down • Public service crisis • Changed relation to the book • Use of other media types
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