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Archive for April 24th, 2008

Bored with borrowing books, DVD’s and CD’s? Why not try borrowing a person for half an hour? That’s exactly what happened at Camden’s Swiss Cottage Library recently when they showcased the UK’s first ever Living Library.

You’ll benefit from the wisdom and experiences of other human beings and you won’t have to read a single word…I know a few people who’ll find this approach to learning utterly irresistible!

Thanks to Alan for the heads up on this one ūüôā

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That’s what John Dolan demanded to know during his speech at today’s Library and Information Show in Birmingham.¬†¬†¬†

He blamed “fearful and restrictive thinking locked inside IT offices”¬† for the delay in¬†delivering¬†adequate digital services to public library users and¬†called for “training and development” to better equip library staff to meet the demands of 21st century users.¬†¬†¬†

Interesting, considering ongoing debates just about everywhere questioning the¬†importance of a formal qualification in librarianship…

After all,¬†I know for a fact that anyone graduating from the University of Strathclyde’s Information and Library Studies¬†course over the last few years are more than capable of managing and creating access to online and digital resources; not to mention communicating the concept of Web 2.0 and¬†helping users to interact with¬†its¬†associated tools!¬†¬†

Could it be that newly qualified librarians¬†are more essential now, than ever before?¬†ūüėČ

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Large corporations¬†go where the money is, they always have.¬† And they’ve become increasingly aware of the potential of Web 2.0¬†in delivering enhanced revenue streams and cost effective communications with shareholders, customers, staff etc.¬†¬†

Enterprise 2.0¬†is the¬†latest buzz word in the business world and involves commercial organisations¬†driving business via¬†blogs, mashups, podcasting, RSS, social networks, widgets and wikis.¬†¬†It’s been¬†predicted that businesses¬†will invest¬†almost $5 billion on web 2.0 tools over the next five years.¬†¬†¬†

Web 2.0 Expo 2008, San Francisco, courtesy of James Duncan DavidsonA four day conference takes place in San Francisco this week with thousands of Web 2.0 entrepreneurs meeting up to discuss what they can spend their money on!

Let’s hope social networking isn’t just a fad then…

Photo courtesy of James Duncan Davidson

 

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