While doing the foundational readings for this course I took some time to reflect upon how I use or don’t use social media in my life. How is it over time have I come to embrace Facebook, so that it is second nature for me to be constantly checking my email and looking at the pictures of my friends’ cute children? Yet, while I use Twitter from time to time it is not my constant companion or go to place when I have time to kill? Many times over the years I have said ‘yes! Now is the time for me to blog [or microblog] every day or every week yet over the next few months, days, or minutes the good intentions fad to non-existence. Perhaps it comes down to the socialness of the social media, Facebook is where my friends are at, while Twitter is not, so it does not have the same draw. It takes time and effort to do a blog well and if no one is reading [or commenting] why write?
Now what does my personal social media habits have to do with library 2.0 and this course? It has to with change and how difficult change is to make. As a child in the 80s and early 90s social media did not exist, so unlike today’s teens I didn’t grow up with the Internet being second nature. Much like the automatic library being new to Buckland’s (1992) audience. My personal experiences in many ways is a microcosm of libraries experimenting with new ways of doing things. In our textbook Casey and Savastinuk (2007) write about the idea of “Plan, Implement, and Forget.” This is like trying out a new social media network with good intentions, but not integrating it into our lives. To make a change stick in whatever place we find ourselves, whether it is at work or in our personal lives there must be something more than good intentions which motivate us to stick with the new program. Casey and Savastinuk (2007) suggest that this is done by creating a culture of change and through creating accountability through teams. Much like my friends asking me if I saw their Facebook post or message.
As future librarians we need to continue to experiment with new ideas to create the library that our uses want as and not feel guilty when something didn’t work the way we had hoped as suggested in the reading by Matthews (2012), yet at the same time when we find something that works we need to make sure that there is built in accountability to make sure we keep the change until it is time for something new.
Buckland, M. (1992). Redesigning library services: A manifesto. Retrieved from http://digitalassets.lib.berkeley.edu/sunsite/Redesigning%20Library%20Services_%20A%20Manifesto%20%28HTML%29.pdf
Casey, M. E., & Savastinuk, L. C. (2007). Library 2.0: A guide to participatory library service [electronic book]. Medford, NJ.: Information Today.
Mathews, B. (2012, April). Think like a startup. Retrieved from http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/bitstream/handle/10919/18649/Think%20like%20a%20STARTUP.pdf