The Collected Principles of Library 2.0 for Pondering

Returning from the Gaming Symposium, my head is FULL of thoughts about libraries, new services and adapting to change. I’m also awash in wrapping my head around the ongoing (and rapid) discussion playing out here and there in the Biblioblogosphere. I was reminded that Chad and Miller invited additions to their principles, and added my own over at ALA TechSource. I found a few others as well, and thought I might make a list to further my thinking. This is certainly not all-inclusive by any means and is intended just to paint a bigger picture.

Ken Chad & Paul Miller:

The library is everywhere.

The Library has no barriers.

The library invites participation.

The library uses flexible, best-of-breed systems.

Michael Stephens:

The library encourages the heart.

The library is human.

The library recognizes that its users are human too.

Michael Casey:

Any number of excellent posts at LibraryCrunch!

Wikipedia Entry: Library 2.0

Browser + Web 2.0 Applications + Connectivity = Full-featured OPAC

Harness the library user in both design and implementation of services

Library users should be able to craft and modify library provided services

Companies wanting to do business with public or academic libraries should not be creating proprietary hardware; Library 2.0 is not a closed concept.

Constant change is replacing the older model of upgrade cycles

Beta is forever

Harvest and integrate ideas and products from peripheral fields into library service models

Continue to examine and improve services and be willing to replace them at any time with newer and better services.

Library 2.0 is a disruptive idea

Rigidity breeds failure

Harness the long tail

ACRL Blog:

* The Library Facilitates the User’s Discovery of Their Many Information Options and How to Choose Wisely From Among Them.

* The Library Integrates Itself Into Those Places, Physical and Virtual, Where Learning Takes Place.