Many of the concepts of Library 2.0 seem to relate to services, but I'd like to explore more concrete relationships to library collections. There are 3 principles I'd like to proposed as foundational for collections 2.0. These will seem "service-" rather than "collection-" oriented initally, but bear with me:
- electronic collections
- ubiquitous computing
- user customization--customer choice
This is an easy one. Collections will become more and more electronic (see Janus Conference
). This will enable many kinds of uses we never envisioned before (see below). I don't think, in the short term, however, that electronic collections will completely replace print collections. Many things our users want, will not become electronic for many years (if ever).
Ubiquitous computing (UC):
will exploit electronic collections to allow access from virtually any place in the world. But UC also means that people will be using all kinds of devices to access information: PDAs, phones, laptops, UMPC. Not every collection will be appropriate for all these devices, but we need to think about making information available to users on a multitude of platforms. (Upon reflection, UC also means that the library is everywhere and the librarians are too.)
Customer choice--user customization:
will allow patrons to do things with the collections that are important to them. They should be able to save information and manipulate it in many ways: annotation, tagging, mashups, sharing, citation management. We should offer collections that enable these kinds of choices. Of course, collection development will be based on user demand in ways that we haven't yet thought of. One of the big barriers to this kind of user freedom will be vendors and their ideas about property and copyright.
There are a lot of problems to solve here, but I think these are concepts we should be working to apply to all library collections in the future. Please offer your views or comments.