Here we are, at Thing #23 of 23. It’s been a fantastic ride towards winning a Wii; I’ve learned a lot and had a lot of fun. My favorite aspect of 2.0 in general is how incredibly social it is. It’s truly technology with a human face and voice. My favorite thing I learned about doing this challenge, though, was WorldCat. It’s changed so much since I looked at it in Cataloging class in grad school. Actually, that reminds me of my second favorite thing about Web 2.0 (and something I didn’t talk much about in my previous 22 posts) — change. Web 2.0 (and Library 2.0) are necessarily about change as newer and better technologies are constantly being introduced. What I love about 2.0 is the idea of working in Beta — that is, being willing to change on the fly, responding in a flexible way to failure, success, and most importantly, user input. WorldCat has seen a lot of new functionality added since I last used it; I’m confident this change will be continued for the better.
My least favorite thing about 2.0 is not having enough time to explore it all! I was really hoping I’d be able to get to know some of my fellow OCLers through this project, by reading and commenting on other participants’ blogs. However, there just isn’t enough time in the day! I want to go hog wild with del.icio.us and Pandora and Mint and all these other awesome sites, but I still only have 24 hours in a day!
I think there are so many areas of Library 2.0 that the library should get involved in. I think a few library blogs would be a great idea, with interested and committed library staff writing about books, programming, computer classes, teen and children’s interests. This would be a great way to advertise our services, communicate with our patrons, and connect staff members from different branches. I think a system wide del.icio.us page for Reference would be worthwhile. I think a computer class/trainer wiki for class ideas and syllabi (as well as lessons learned) would be a hugely valuable resource as we transition our classes from traditional mouse skills and Microsoft Office into more 2.0 endeavors.
I’ve shared all kinds of 2.0 resources with my friends and family. I’ve hooked buddies on RSS. I’ve gotten family members into blogging big time. I use Google Docs with my friends to write collaborative blogs posts all the time. I show Picnik to almost everyone I know!
Speaking of Picnik, I threw a little something together in honor of my final blog post here at Eleanor’s 23 Things. Before getting to it, though, I’d like to thank OCL and the WebThings committee for putting this challenge together!
P.S. *puts hands our a la Stephen Colbert* Wii, please!