Yesterday, I didn't attend the SirsiDynix Institute Webinar on The 2.0 Meme – Web 2.0, Library 2.0, Librarian 2.0, along with a several other staff members - but it wasn't because I/we didn't want to (or try). Sometimes, despite all your best efforts the Internet just doesn't want to cooperate. So was the case yesterday morning and thus... after attempting to fill in the silences of choppy audio, those of us around the table decided to have our own Meme 2.0 conversation instead.
Personally, I love conversations like this ... the give and take of ideas and opinions, the ponderings of how we as libraries can position ourselves better for the future and the thoughts about the innovative ways that libraries can take advantage of these new internet tools now.
Lately I find that whenever I'm talking to fellow members about Web 2.0/Library 2.0 ideas, I always seem to spend much more time explaining the concepts and tools (blogs, RSS, wikis, tagging, etc) then I do generating and gathering ideas about ways that our library can benefit -- and I guess that's par for the course. For before you can think of ways to use these new tools, you must understand them.
I guess that's why the TechTalk series that I'm kicking off for staff this afternoon is so important to me. If staff are more knowledgeable about these tools, then they can not only become bigger contributors to the Library's virtual community presence, their knowledge will benefit the Library's patrons as well. Isn't that what Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 are all about - the collaboration and the sharing of knowledge!
Anyway, Stephen Abram had a great post related to this as well yesterday titled: Playing and Learning: Making a Sandbox for Librarians . Read it! and then go out and PLAY!
BTW: If you're interested the archive of the Meme 2.0 webinar, it should be available as streaming media here soon.
And thanks Susan, Vanessa, James, Chuck & William for sharing such great ideas and insight. I wish we could have archived our conversation as well. :)