Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Thing 15

I agree with the statement made on http://www.oclc.org/nextspace/002/2.htm that we need to focus "not on research skills but on eliminating the barriers that exist between patrons and the information they need." Very often in my school we have a transient population. I do not want students to feel overwhelmed because they have not yet been taught research skills. I believe that it is part of my job to design and layout the library in the most user-friendly way. Students and teachers alike should be able to enter the library and find exactly what they need - even if you are not standing right there!

I also believe that the statement "Library 2.0 also attempts to harness the library user in the design and implementation of library services by encouraging feedback and participation." found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_2.0 it a crucial concept. If we do not design libraries with the users in mind and with their input then libraries will become obsolete. Information is everywhere now and if a library is hard to use and not set up for the current population then people will simply find their information elsewhere.

Library 2.0 embraces many things. It means that the library should be welcoming, current, collaborative and user friendly. Library 2.0 simply means to me "What a Library Needs To Be." Libraries need to remain at the forefront of technology and resources for students and teachers to continue to find in useful.

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