From Abram’s HOT HOT HOT article “Web 2.0 – Huh?! Library 2.0, Librarian 2.0” that will hit tomorrow. (Link forthcoming) This list, however, speaks to me deeply. It pulls everything together that I have been thinking, writing and speaking about as well as what I’ve learned from librarians who truly recognize what user-centered service is all about. These are skills, POVs and attitudes we need to move forward.
Librarian 2.0 is the guru of the information age. Librarian 2.0 strives to
Understands the power of the Web 2.0 opportunities
Learns the major tools of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0
Combines e-resources and print formats and is container and format agnostic
Is device independent and uses and delivers to everything from laptops to PDAs to iPods
Develops targeted federated search and adopts the OpenURL standard
Connects people and technology and information in context
Doesn’t shy away from non-traditional cataloguing and classification and chooses tagging, folksonomies and user-driven content descriptions where appropriate
Embraces non-textual information and the power of pictures, moving images, sight and sound
Understands the ‘long tail’ and leverages the power of old and new content
Sees the potential in using content sources like the Open Content Alliance, Google Print and OpenWorldCat
Connects users up to expert discussions, conversations and communities of practice and participates there as well
Uses and develops advanced social networks to enterprise advantage
Connects with everyone using their communication mode of choice –telephone, Skype, IM, SMS, e-mail, virtual reference, etc.
Encourages user driven metadata and user developed content and commentary
Understands the wisdom of crowds and the real roles and impacts of the blogosphere, web syndicasphere and wikisphere
How many Librarian 2.0s do you know?