13 Things/Learning 2.0 course is sadly at its end. And one of the last task is to share my thoughts about my journey to discover Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and its implications for the library's future.
I think as librarians, we seemed to have integrated the 2.0 phenomenon into our daily lives without even thinking about it. From all the exercises required for this class, I found out that at some point, whether regularly or not, I have been using most of the applications associated with Web/Library 2.0. I think this has a lot to do with librarians' intimate relationship with the information process, from creation, documention, retrieval and usage.
Yes, libraries are indeed changing. Maybe not with its core mission, but definitely with the way we reach our patrons. There are times when the "fastness" of how we want to do things creates a feeling of sadness in me. Only because we sometimes forget to savor whatever it is that we acquire and learn in the process.
Undoubtedly, I would be utilizing a lot of the freebies that I have discovered in this class. The library I am in right now does not have a lot when it comes to funding, but we have a lot to share. Learning as I did of the various ways to make this possible, I can now try and reach more potential users, maybe even reach those who would not mind donating some time and expertise in putting our tiny library on the map.
My thanks to everyone who made this class possible. Though I've had to do it on my very little spare time, I definitely learned a lot and it gave me avenues to pursue so I can continue learning.