My job title is presently “Director of Patron Services.” This means that not only do I have the marvelously fun job of helping theology students do research, but I also get to fashion and plan the services we offer to those students.
Presently the library world is all aflutter about “Library 2.0,” an approach to library services that in essence Amazoogles the patron’s encounter with the library virtually, focuses on user-centricity in personal interractions, and pushes library content out into the world of the patron rather than waiting for them to come into the library.
This is part of why I started this blog — to see if user created content can indeed be a viable source of peer-informed research. What do you think? What type of library services would you find helpful as an informed researcher? Let’s move beyond the static world of libraries as relatively inaccessible silos of information with librarians on guard. Clearly, excising this antiquated approach to librarianship would benefit everyone involved. But is my vision of a user-centered library that offers opportunity for user-created content realistic?
I guess my question is this: what is the value of library 2.0 to informed researchers?