Ten Defining Moments: Library 2.0 Events of 2005

Via Stephen Abram, who writes about L2 here.

The Web 2.0 Meme: http://business2.blogs.com/business2blog/2005/12/the_year_of_web.html

Top Ten Web 2.0 Moments of 2005 by Richard McManus: http://blogs.zdnet.com/web2explorer/?p=80

That got me thinking, and talking to some folks, about what were the defining moments of 2005 for the ideas behind Library 2.0? And so many questions to discuss.

It’s still early in these discussions to set forth absolutes, but maybe a brain dump is in order. This is not all inclusive, and I welcome the input of others – comment here or post on your blogs.

There’s a lot to this discussion. Some folks may not like the naming of such concepts. Others may think it’s a buzzword. I kind of like names so it works for me. If you’re not a fan of L2, maybe read the following as “Ten Moments of 2005 that Libraries Really Got How to Reach their Users.” Blake said in IM to me last week that he’s not a fan of L2. I replied that if naming the concepts got people thinking and talking about change in libraries I was all for it. So, to add to the mix:

Defining Moments: Library 2.0 Events of 2005

AADL Goes Live

Ann Arbor District Library Web Site: Jenny wrote about it here. I gushed here.

How wonderful is it to have the director of the library blogging and seeking feedback/conversation? This site is truly human.

2005 is Tipping Point for IM

The resources page and list of IMing libraries keeps growing. These are the libraries that recognize such a simple interactive technology can reach users like never before. If your library hasn’t considered it, please do so in 2006!Rock ON!

The TALIS White Paper on L2 and WHISPER

The TALIS White Paper: Do Libraries Matter? The Rise of Library 2.0 offered a lot of food for thought. I wrote about it at ALA TechSource

TALIS Whispers: From that post: Whisper offers a visualisation of some of the ways in which library content might be aggregated with content from elsewhere in the library, from other library domain systems, or from elsewhere entirely in order to deliver rich and meaningful services to users.

LibraryCrunch Debuts

Michael Casey’s LibraryCrunch Blog, launched in September, “Bringing You A “Library 2.0″ Perspective” and offering some great insight into Library 2.0. It’s not just about tools and snazzy software, it’s about librarians making a difference. Take a look at this post from October 2005: Towards a definition of Library 2.0. Spend some time reading Michael Casey’s insightful entries. And head over to L2 @ Wikipedia for a nice overview with links and more articles to ponder.

Social Software at Conferences: Internet Librarian 2005

Internet Librarian blogged, wiki’d and flickred like crazy How fascinating is it to follow the conference via flickr, and blog posts? This speaks to the future of library conferences, when if you can’t go you can still get a load of content and flavor. Jenny summed it up perfectly at our Future Trends panel: “2005 is the year that librarians got it.”

Rock the Shelves


I wrote about this in July! There’s just so much right about this event:

It’s shared on flickr.
It uses the library space in a way that gets young people into the building.
It offers a view of the next generation of library users and services that speak to them.

The Gaming Symposium

On gaming in libraries What a great way to finish the year of conferences, symposia and workshops but in Chicago listening to some excellent speakers and scholars discuss the benefits of gaming in libraries. Just think, this summer when I spoke about it at “Reinventing Libraries” some librarians in the audience thought the world was ending! It’s time folks… don’t ignore these initiatives/.

Flickr Libraries

10 Reasons to Use Flickr at Your Library

SJCPL Wiki Subject Guides Go Live

SJCPL went wiki-wild, according to Jenny! And oh boy did we! I am so proud of the librarians on staff who conceived this initiative. Well done!

David King weighed in here as well.

The Conversation Begins

Librarians and vendors begin a dialogue that plays out across the Biblioblogosphere. Folks can offer opinions, thoughts and ask questions — and it all plays out in the public arena.

Don’t miss Stephen’s Lighthouse, from Stephen Abram, as an example of a librarian employed by a vendor blogging. And John Blyberg’s ILS Customer Bill of Rights might be one milestone for getting these conversations going. And spend some time at Blyberg’s blog for some great stuff on L2, coding and AADL.

What do you think? What else is an L2 event?