This presentation was held in 2007, probably many librarians are aware an importance of using and implementing web 2.0 tools to communicate and collaborate with their patrons than then. However, the keynote speaker, Meredith Farkas was insightful and offered many useful advices for me as a prospective teacher librarian.
Need to know our users
It is one useful advice which is definitely worthy of consideration. It is obvious that many users at the school libraries are generally active users of the Internet and Web 2.0 tools. It can be a strong factor to consider when planning Library 2.0 features.
Communicate and become more transparent
This advice reminds me a situation at one of my workplaces as a high school teacher of Japanese. Library staff constantly sends email to all teachers to inform new items and announcements. Teachers recognize their efforts however, they seem to not be interested in these mails and they say “I cannot see what they do in the library and what they expect us”. It is apparently no communication between them. Making opportunities to communicate each other is essential to plan Library 2.0 at this school and it is believed that it will make good impacts on students’ learning as the library staff can know what teachers and students needs.
Use 2.0 tools to highlight collections
Using Web 2.0 tools to promote and highlight the library collection and services through RSS feeds, blogs, social book marketing, Flickr can be an efficient strategy. Comments from users would be useful feedback to improve the library. RSS is a great way for library and users, Library can send its contents out to the users and the users can chose these contents to meet their interests and needs.
Go where your users
It is a good advice to adopt if the library intends to stay relevant. It is very important to know how to engage and pick up users and encourage them to use the collection and services at the library. Waiting patrons at information desk is no more main stream. . We try knowing more about our users such as using news blogs, links to subject guides and communication widgets such as Twitter and Facebook.
Don’t focus just on technologies.
Thinking about the technology have – nots, I find I can do many things without involving technology. Non-technological items can be useful and powerful learning tools. This advice convinces me again how support students who are not comfortable with computer and others who cannot fully access to the internet outside the school.