In all this arguing over the value or otherwise of the Web 2.0 meme, I’ve almost lost track of what is really important – how Web 2.0 ideas are being implemented in The Real World. I came across a great post by Michael Casey of LibraryCrunch, who is investigating what the Library 2.0 Web site will look like. He pointed to Michael Stephens’ round-up of responses to that question, which are well worth perusing. I liked this one from Sarah Houghton, from Marin County Public Library and the Librarian in Black blog:
“The next generation small public library website will be moving up to the same level the larger public library websites are at now: blogs, RSS feeds, dynamic reading/watching/listening lists, lots of online forms, with links to some user-friendly and computer-friendly lightweight virtual reference options (like instant messaging).”
I have to admit I’m a big library user, so if my local library gets the functionality Sarah outlined – I will be one happy geek!
To tie this up in a nice package, Jenny told the PL Track yesterday that users are going to expect some types of interactivity on web sites — including the public library. Don’t think that’s it’s just a geek thing — it will be everyone!