The basic tenets and concepts of Library 2.0 can be difficult to implement – for a variety of reasons. Often what gets written about Library 2.0 is either theoretical in nature or is a description of a implementation after the fact. There isn’t too much discussion of the process by which a library arrives at the point where they begin to move forward towards Library 2.0. However, Michael A. Golrick, from Thoughts from a Library Administrator, has a post, Why is Library 2.0 so hard? which chronicles a committee discussion about Flickr and blogging at his library. In this post, Michael Golrick writes “I, as the administrator, and the one whose job is on the line, am willing to take a risk here. Why are others so risk averse? It costs us very little. Other libraries are doing it without problem, we are not first, and I’ll be blasted if we will be last!” Why is this so hard? I don’t know, but I do think that discussing it openly is a great way to get us moving in the right direction. It is also good to read about the concerns and issues raised at other libraries. It makes me feel less alone. Risk is scary – so maybe we need to find a way to make Library 2.0 seem less risky and less scary.
Library 2.0 In Reality