Building Academic Library 2.0

Shel Waggener, formerly of UC Berkeley talks in the opening remarks about the importance of ‘Planning, partnership and privacy” (UC Berkeley Events, 2007) and that understanding people’s needs are key to achieving this. We have ICT support in our library but I agree with the speaker, that a structure is needed to make the planning successful. This could be implemented by creating a strategic plan and implementing it in partnership with the ICT (Information, communication, Technology) team and other groups in the school. These groups should be consistently represented with a focus on how they are using the technology and the services they provide in order to plan for future developments and delivery.

Shel Waggener also talks about looking at computers as learning spaces (UC Berkeley Events, 2007). Indeed, the proliferation of Ipads, mobile devices etc. could potentially indicate that fixed computer stations are not a necessity in a library. However, it depends on how the space is utilized. In our library we try to use MED’s (mobile electronic devices) to complement learning rather than to replace existing structures. In this way. I feel it is possible to observe users’ behavior and patterns in order to anticipate future needs as well as consider virtual learning spaces.

Meredith Farkas, the keynote speaker has an interest in the innovative use of technology and states “We are all participants in the development of the web” (UC Berkeley Events, 2007). Inclusion and participation is a key driver for library 2.0. She stresses the importance of meeting changing users’ needs and revaluating services. This involves trusting users as partners in developing the culture of libraries. Keeping up-to-date with new technologies and opportunities is also vital. In my role, I try to see how new technologies can be used to support the curriculum. In order for this to work, I think the clear purpose and objective needs to be considered so that the technology used is effective and align with learning outcomes. Last year we started using the website ‘Storybird.com’. This site can be accessed on MED’s and desktop computers. Students were able to create their own stories and meet Information Literacy and English curriculum objectives. The technology was also user-friendly and enabled the books to be easily shared with parents and the internet. Students could comment on other users’ work and receive feedback on their own. An example of one of the stories can be viewed on the link below. The interconnectivity of the site allowed me to directly link the site to our library Twitter account. This user ability and interconnections are also serious considerations when selecting and using new technologies.

https://twitter.com/DISlibraryPS/status/803839109391384576

References

UC Berkeley Events. (2007, November, 19). Building Academic Library 2.0. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_uOKFhoznI

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