OLJ activity 1: Librarian 2.0


Based on your reading in Modules 1, 2 and 3 so far, and your examination of Abram’s and Harvey’s definitions of Librarian 2.0 and the views presented in the above YouTube clips, define what you believe to be the essential knowledge, skills and attributes of an information professional in a Web 2.0 world.

From the readings of modules 1, 2 and 3 and my examination of Abram and Harvey’s definition of Librarian 2.0 I believe that we have come a long way in defining the competencies of a librarian. Even our appellation seems to have changed from just ‘Librarian’ to ‘Librarian 2.0’. This implies that we cannot envisage our future without adopting the web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis, tagging, RSS, mashups, social networking, gaming and 3D virtual worlds, photo and video hosting, VoIP and web conferencing and podcasting as described in module 2 of the  csu interact portal at  http://interact.csu.edu.au/portal/site/INF506_201090_W_D/page/d29ce2d2-a039-43b9-0060-1c1abd3b18f5.

After examining Stephens’ (2006), Abram’s (2007), Cohen’s (2006) and Farkas’ (2007) views of librarian 2.0, I believe that in a Web 2.0 world, an information professional should have the following knowledge, skills and attributes:

  1. He should know and understand end users needs through surveys (what do they value, how do they do research).
  2. If users do not understand or get along with the library’s classification scheme (the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme),  make use of non-traditional cataloguing and classification and choose tagging, tag clouds , folksonomies and user-driven content descriptions and classifications where appropriate.
  3. Blogs to communicate with patrons (to obtain feedback through comments)
  4. Is aware of emerging technologies and learns tools of Library 2.0 and Web 2.0 (Flickr, RSS, wikipedia, Facebook, YouTube, etc)
  5. Does not stick to the culture of perfect, looks outside the library for applications and opportunities such as open source library management systems.
  6. Builds participation to share resources (social bookmarking, web pages, bibliographies, tags)
  7. Understands staff members resistance to change, and makes keeping up with new technologies a part of staff’s job description
  8. Avoids technolust, that is, knows your users’ needs and recognizes the organisation’s ability to make things happen.
  9. Uses e-resources together with print resources.
  10. Provides resources to its patrons in all formats:  print, video (YouTube), moving images (Slideshare), pictures (Flickr), books and e-books, journals and e-journals etc.
  11. Assists users by using any medium either Personal computers or mobile devices such as laptops, phones, iPod, etc
  12. Connects with everyone using their communication mode of choice – telephone, Skype, IM, SMS,     texting, email, virtual reference, and so on.
  13. Uses and creates library presence in social networks.

Finally, “Librarian 2.0 is where the user is, when the user is there” Stephen (2007).


  1. Stephen A. (2007). Online Information 2007 Conference, Web 2.0, library 2.0 and librarian 2.0: Preparing for the 2.0 world.                                                                                                                                                   http://2009.online-information.co.uk/files/freedownloads.new_link1.1080622103251.pdf
  2. Harvey, M. (2009). What does it mean to be a Science Librarian 2.0? Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (Summer).                                                                                                                                                 http://www.istl.org/09-summer/article2.html
  3. Farkas M. (2007). Building Academic Library 2.0. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_uOKFhoznI
  4. Farkas M. (2008). The essence of Library 2.0? http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/2008/01/24/the-essence-of-library-20/
  5. Cohen L. (2006), A Librarian’s 2.0 Manifesto. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZblrRs3fkSU&feature=player_embedded#
  6. Stephens M. (2006), Into a New World of Librarianship.http://www.oclc.org/nextspace/002/3.htm

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