Monday, 31 March 2008

Building Academic Library 2.0

Posted by Andy

Despite being an American presentation, there's a lot to take from this 70 minute presentation on Academic Library 2.0. There's not even any need to watch the presentation, you can play it in the background whilst you work on something else, we're sure you'd still find something of use if you work in the academic library system.

Keynote Speaker: Meredith Farkas, Distance Learning Librarian Norwich University, Northfield

A Conference sponsored by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley Division

"Once a symbolic bastion of traditional accumulations of specialized knowledge, today's academic library operates in an information landscape grown increasingly variegated and difficult to traverse. Paradoxically, at the same time, data, information, knowledge, cultural production, and scholarship are far more accessible, appropriable, and manipulable than ever before. New media attract widespread attention, more pliable technologies emerge with increasing frequency, and--most importantly--young generations of students and faculty with aptitudes, skills, and expectations borne of a world massively defined by the Internet and its progeny are populating the halls of academe.

The convergence of the once distinct technological and social meanings of the term "network" is evident in the rise of communities of remote collaborations among friends, acquaintances, students, and researchers. These developments compel academic libraries to consider how best to apply new technologies to suit users' demands and to satisfy their institutional and educational missions."

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