First of all, a big thank you to all the librarians at the cofhe lasec event I attended at Westminster Kingsway College in London last Friday, Untangling Web 2, delivered by Phil Bradley. The library staff at Westminster Kingsway College made us all feel very welcome and it was a great modern library to have the event. The event was attended by a broad range of library staff from across a number of sectors, all of whom were enthusiastic towards the world of Web 2 and keen to explore Phil’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject.
The day began with a comprehensive and entertaining overview of Web 2 from Phil and raised some important issues, such as:
- Although it’s important to consider your digital identity carefully when using Web 2 and the implications it has for your organisation, don’t let this stop you experimenting. Fear stifles innovation.
- Can Web 2 be trusted? Before dabbling with an Web 2 site do some research by canvassing friends to see who is using it and what they think. Does it have an entry on Wikipedia? Is there a video tutorial for it on Youtube? Search Twitter and blog search engines like Technorati to find out what other people are saying.
- Don’t focus too much on the tool, but on what you get from the tool. Many Web 2 sites can have a limited shelf life, but don’t worry too much if they disappear, you can guarantee another will spring up in its place that does a similar job!
- Many Web 2 sites tend to be permanently in beta. Web 2 is constantly evolving – go with it.
- Web 2 doesn’t mean that there is no place for librarians anymore! In fact, there is now a lot more work for librarians as there is even more information to organise, evaluate and share than ever before.
- Many librarians are enthusiastic about using Web 2, but unfortunately their organisation sees Web 2 as a threat and it’s blocked on the network. Phil has written a useful blog post, 25 barriers to using Web 2.0 technology: solutions, that addresses this and provides librarians with arguments to emancipate Web 2.
Okay, there was a lot more than just the above, but as I spent most of the day tweeting about Phil’s pearls of Web 2 wisdom you can get a flavour by searching Twitter under the hashtag #lasec. Ewa Wraga, the E-Resources Co-ordinator at South Thames College, has also written a blog posting too about the event which can be viewed here.
Right, enough blogging for one day, time to check my Twitter…