Participatory Networks

I’ve just been reading Participatory Networks: the Library as Conversation, which was produced for the ALA’s Office for Information Techonology Policy. It clocks in at 39 pages, but it’s definitely worth the read. From the introduction:

“Think of this document as an overview or introduction to participatory librarianship. Readers will find plenty of examples and definitions of Web 2.0 and social networking later in this paper. However, to jump right into the technology without a larger framework invites the rightful skepticism of a library organization that feels constantly buffeted by new technological advances. In any environment with no larger conceptual founding to measure the importance of an advance in technology or practice selection of any one technology or practice is nearly arbitrary. Without a framework the field becomes open to the influence of personalities and trendy technology. Therefore, it is vital to ground any technological, social, or policy conversation into a larger, rooted concept.”

I’m also going to put this link in our blogroll on the right, but thought it was worth a separate mention. If you, or anyone in your organization, is wondering what the big deal is over this “Library 2.0” concept, this is a good place to point them.

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~ by Anali on February 20, 2007.

One Response to “Participatory Networks”

  1. Anali, What an awesome source. Thanks so much! You are right-it is a hefty read but it takes into account many of the issues that we are struggling with right here in Phoenix. I find the phrase “participatory networking” a bit hard to use, but the authors make a convincing point that it might be a good phrase to describe what the Web 2.0 revolution means to libraries, and that it’s a bit differently than just having a MySpace page for your library. Thanks again for the link!

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