A new vision of the library

Earlier this decade, the library’s vision was access to information.  Before that, much before that, say 1894, the library’s vision was free books for all. But how quickly we’ve changed. Today it’s all about connection.

Connection to the world through internet access

Connection to vital public services through the same

Connection to community through programming

Connection to others by being out where people congregate

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Statistics Show Social Media Is Bigger Than You Think

Juan Lee just tweeted this from Socialnomics so you may have already seen it, but if not, it’s definitely worth watching:

“Social Media is Not a Fad” : http://bit.ly/3TVHoG

I hope you enjoy it.

The video is based on the new book by Erick Qualman, “Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business.”

The video is done in a way similar to Palmer DePaulis’ new presentation to the Legislature, Michael Wesch’s “Information R/evolution“, and the classic “Did you Know?” by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman (rev. 1.0; rev. 2.0; rev. 3.0 ; rev. 4.0).

I think that it provides numerous implications for those of us in the business of creating online government services.

I’m particularly enthralled with Qualman’s idea that we need to disengage ourselves from building search tools and portals. Instead of people searching, Qualman points to the future as being one in which social media will deliver to people the news, information, products, and services that they want. This future, I think, is months not years away. You can already see this emerging in applications such as Facebook and Amazon.com.

What ideas in the video struck you?

web 2.0 training going on right now at USL

Some of the comments:

Now we’re getting into the over my head stuff

It’s a strange thing

Can connect with your kids through facebook

How much do you allow in your library?

Kids communicate to find “cheats” for their games online

Need faster better computers for the games to play right in the library

At least in my library, gaming is noisy.

As we grow and change, the more services we offer at a library the more people come into it. Why should we be the nazi librarian and say they cannot play games?

There’s my blog. Haaaaah!