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Setting up the new stuff

Setting up the new stuff: planning & implementing Library 2.0

David Lee King

Good session: David discussed some of the things to think about before implementing web 2.0 features for your library (that’s where the planning comes in). Since it is so easy to set up and get started with many of the 2.0 products and services, people often jump in without thinking about it, and end up with poorly planned, poorly maintained, or abandoned sites and pages. Don’t let this happen to you!

Think through goals for the service – what do you hope to accomplish? Keep these in line with your other library goals. Consider who will do the work? Will training be needed? How do you get buy-in from administration and staff? Do you need special equipment?

Use a conversational tone; create content often; reuse content (David had a great example, showing all the places he was able to distribute a video and only had to upload it twice).

David discussed specific services with applications for libraries, including blogs, YouTube, Flickr, MySpace and talked about considerations, tips and tricks for each. With almost all of these, someone needs to babysit the content, and it shouldn’t be someone in Administration (they have other stuff to do).

Best takeaway: comments are a conversation; if you wait 2 or 3 weeks to respond (or don’t respond at all) you kill the conversation.

October 30, 2007 at 10:10 am


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