Posts tagged ‘web 2.0’

A new style of leadership?

I came across a good interview with Clay Shirky, where he talks about how social media is creating a demand for new kinds of leadership. I’m not sure it’s the style of leadership that’s new; I think what’s new is the demand. Either way, there’s a shift happening. A couple of good quotes:

There’s a temptation among most managers to view social media tools and crowdsourcing as simply a sort of novel set of instruments, kind of like, “Oh, here are some new tools for us to get our job done.” But this isn’t just about laying our hands on some new tools. These crowds are people. …

It really does involve a degree of openness on the part of existing organizations that we haven’t seen before. In fact, if you’re a manager of a traditional organization looking for control, you will have trouble in this Web 2.0 environment. …

The other question about the new type of leadership is how to get a group of people to all agree that a shared vision is something they’ll pursue even if they don’t agree with every particular.

Go read the whole thing – it’s not too long. [via PopTech]


September 1, 2009 at 10:15 pm 2 comments

Food for Thought

Watch this Clay Shirky video at Making Light – very thought provoking.

April 27, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Building Web 2.0 Native Library Services

Casey Bisson

Student: Sociology of Education; Librarian: Educational Sociology
“Bagged Products”

Challenges to our catalogs:

Web 2.0 is made of people
Zogby poll: 24% say Internet can take the place of a significant other, at least for awhile

Transactional memory (study of couples) – couples learn what each other can remember
photo matching with contacts – id based on profile

The Web is powerful
when developed, realm of academics, then business, then became something other than what we predicted

metaphor: transportation: drive-through restaurants where people drive through and then sit in car in parking lot to eat

primacy of automobile is that it allows individuals to go where they want (as opposed to mass transit)

economics of plenty rather than economics of scarcity
Linux – IBM saves 900,000,000 because of linux

Web is evolutionary

Lessons from Web 2.0
We get one chance to prove that we’re not stupid
we’re trying to bend old systems to meet current needs, without fixing them
search boxes are for asking question
can you include search tips or guides in your results
links are citations
We are not the center of the universe
people use info from all different sources, and send it out in different ways
YouTube “easy embed code”
It should be easier for our customers to link to our catalogs
Valid, clean, semantic markup is essential
Sites that allow comments value their users
Your website is not a marketing tool…it’s a service point

faceted search and browsing tool
based on WordPress
free, open source
set of plugins for WordPress that lets you connect with library catalog/website
catalog importer
has III importer!!!
really ILS agnostic

November 2, 2007 at 8:24 pm

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

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." - Pearce