The Other Librarian has an interesting criticism of Michael Habib’s revised Academic Library 2.0 Model – that it is too library-centric. This is a good point. The Other Librarian writes that “If Library 2.0 is going to be a model for anything, it has to include the introspective account that “Library” is not even (and never will be) close to the centre of most people’s daily lives.” I think that this is a point that we must all remember. From a conceptual standpoint however, I think that we need to have the library in the middle of this model. Those of us trying to . . .
(Dramatic aside – In the middle of typing this post, a big, scary bat did a dive bomb at my head in my living room. I had to call my husband to come home and capture it. By the way, I get the all bugs and sometimes the mice and he gets the bats – quite equitable. This is the second bat in the house this week. You might be quite right if you think I’m not sleeping too well this week. – end of dramatic aside)
Those of us trying to apply the concepts of library 2.0 to our library services are starting from the library. The library is what we have to work with. So, the library is our center. But from there, we need to remember that it isn’t the center for our patrons.
In another post, Remaining Relevant wonders about how this model would look for public libraries. I agree that the model may be much more complex since public libraries generally have a more diverse and larger patron base.