Library 2.0 is a new concept and although a lot has been written about it, it has generally been in the biblioblogosphere and has not reached a wider audience of librarians and library workers. For a concept to have any chance of becoming mainstream it has to reach a majority of the target group it concerns. In my opinion the target group for a discussion of Library 2.0 is both librarians, anybody who works in a library and anybody who uses a library. I would also like to add all those who have any power over libraries, library owners, public officials, and the general public.

This book is an attempt to spread knowledge about the concept of Library 2.0 and what opportunities it offers libraries in increased reach, a greater relevance to its users and better communications with the world around the library.

Library 2.0 is about change. Michael Casey, who coined the term Library 2.0, writes that one thing librarians have to get used to is constant change. Change is uncomfortable, especially in institutions that usually change very slowly. This has been to the advantage for libraries. Libraries has been viewed as institutions of weight and gravity, towers of knowledge and learning. Today this has changed, as the population in the industrialized countries grows more and more accustomed to rapid access to information and a constantly changing universe of information, and where information is less trustworthy than before, libraries lose their role as centres of knowledge and information and becomes just one more node in an ever growing network. The discussion we can call Library 2.0 is an attempt to both respond to a rapidly changing environment and an understanding that new tools will give the library new opportunities for fulfilling the mission better.

Magnus Enger says it this way:

My tentative conclusion then, is that Library 2.0 is all about librarians trying to come to terms with the changes that are evident all around us, and beginning to think about how our own documents (secondary and systemic), and the services connected with them, should and could adapt to the demands from, and opportunities offered by, the new environment surrounding us.

The main goal for this book is to help the reader comes to terms with the changes around us and to start to think about how new tools will affect, and improve the services libraries provide in order to fulfil our mission.

I'm a norwegian librarian.

Posted in Hype or Hope?
One comment on “Introduction
  1. Do great minds think alike? Seeing is believing, as wise say. I just updated my blog on ‘Visualizing the Web Infostructure,’ and synchronously find you, surfing are in the same boat.

    Let me know what you think about my content, context, communication and the most important, i.e., visualization [all from a librarian’s mindset]
    Best, Mohamed

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