Stephen Abram on Librarian 2.0

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?