As an academic librarian and parent of Millenials I’ve come to believe there is a fundamental change in how students learn. They’re incredible at multi-tasking. They want materials at their fingertips and the technology to manipulate and present information in an innovative and entertaining manner. Books have taken a back seat to other information sources. Library 2.0 could potentially increase book usage by enabling tagging (by students and librarians) and other things (that I have yet to learn) to “advertise” particular books or authors to other students. Students could be notified of new titles based on majors or identified interests. There are tons of possibilities.
One technology I’ve experienced and love is IM. When a student has trouble finding a book or article in the catalog, it is so nice to both be at computers trying things together to see what works even though we can't see each other.
Libraries must shift away from a rigid “traditional” view of a library’s place in society and be open to new innovations to present what we have. We know how to acquire, organize, and provide access to materials. Library 2.0 is just a bunch of new ways to make the most of what we have. Looking forward to learning more!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I realized my first post didn't have the right title so thought I'd try it again. My children set up blogs when they did semesters abroad. We were insanely eager to check for new posts, sometimes checking several times a day. I hope everyone is that eager to see my exciting posts! Now that I started looking at other blogs I see many people have chosen the "old dog" theme for a name. I have a 12 year old lab who hasn't learned a new trick in eons. I think while this goes on I'll see if I can get him to do something besides sleep all day. I'll keep you posted.
The only way to learn is by doing! My blog may not be very exciting but I'm sure willing to give it a try. My avatar looks like a taller, slimmer and younger version of the real me. I guess that would be me if I had known enough to go to Library School back in the '70's instead of starting in the new century (except for the taller part!). Talk to you after the next thing!