Well, there's just a month to go till the Other Big Day Out - we are fully subscribed, the catering is being organised and anticipation is mounting.
I had a day up at the Information Online Conference, and the buzz there is about Web 2.0 and Library 2.0. I caught the evangelical David Lankes - I'd previously printed off his paper on Participatory Networks: Library as Conversation produced for the ALA - but its always so much better to hear people talking.
His premise is that "Knowledge is created through conversation. These conversations can take place between friends and colleagues in the "here and now". But they can also take place between an author (via a book or other resource) and a user...The implication of this rather abstract concept is that libraries are in the conversation business... By adopting concepts and technologies from Web 2.0 and tightly integrating them into their services, libraries can advance not just their communities, but their positions within them."
So let the conversations begin!!
Kathryn Greenhill has been in touch during the week too - she developed the MULTA project for Murdoch Uni in Perth. She's got a great screencast describing the project, well worth a look.
"5 weeks to a social library" at: http://blip.tv/file/134004. (You'll need to specify
It's aimed at providing some hints to someone who wants to
run an emerging technology project in their library.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the 2nd March...