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Libraries ahead of museums in Web 2.0?

This idea came up during the Radical Trust session at MW07 – Seb pointed out that libraries already radically trust their users by essentially giving them their collection and trusting it will be returned. It’s further reinforced by this article in Wired discussing a program started at a North Carolina public library: using the lure […]

137506981_35f7507229.jpgThis idea came up during the Radical Trust session at MW07 – Seb pointed out that libraries already radically trust their users by essentially giving them their collection and trusting it will be returned. It’s further reinforced by this article in Wired discussing a program started at a North Carolina public library: using the lure of a free mp3 player or the chance the win a laptop, they were able to guide their staff through a comprehensive Web 2.0 learning experience. It actually sounds pretty remarkable – if you’ve been flirting at the edge of Web 2.0, this is a great step by step introduction to some of the bigger and better ideas out there.

Should museums be doing more to help their staff embrace Web 2.0 ideas and technology? Or is it enough to have departments like ours blogging and call it good?

[via Museum Journal]

  • I ran across the “23 Things” (I think it was 23…) to do with Web 2.0 myself the other day and was really inspired by it. I’d definitely say that this is the way to go: the best approach is to show everyone how easy it is to get started, and then more and more colleagues will start to think of ways to use new tools and platforms to reach out to the audience groups they work with.

    I wrote a post in my own blog (museums i imagine…) about the “All Change” conference at the British Museum in London, where Brian Kelly of UKOLN gave a real call to action to museums (especially relatively small ones like London Transport Museum, where I work), urging us to take the plunge and start experimenting with web 2.0.

    The conference began by reminding us, as you’ve done here, that libraries have been about user engagement and content for years.

    I was already interested, but this event got me started on blogging about the things I’m learning and sharing this energy and enthusiasm with those I work with.

    Kelly rightly points out that the major work is to persuade others of the benefits to be gained from engaging with these tools. You might like to browse his “UK Web Focus” blog.

  • The libraries are successfully Managing The Stress of change,as new information in The Tech.

    world emerges with the Traditional libraries format.The ongoing re-education will be bigger &

    better for musuems if change is endorsed.

    Best Wishes,

    Richard Womack

    Curator

    ArtLiquid.blogspot.com