In a meeting today I heard a colleague talk eloquently about “information containers” and how over the last dozen or so years (actually it was span of over 100 years) the “containers” have changed, but really “information” (and the core service of information provision) really has not. In so many ways, I completely agreed with what he said, but it also got me thinking … and wondering … not so much so about the “information” part, but rather the container part…
Are not our customers also “containers” (ie community containers) and shouldn’t we be building tools and creating spaces within our libraries to harvest and allow customers to actively share their collective knowledge for the benefit of our communities as well?
Just a question… what are your thoughts?
PS: I know, I don't like the word "harvest" either -- it sounds so Stephen Kingish -- in the sentence above. But at the moment, I couldn't think of anything better.