The first library I remember using was a Carnegie Library and thinking about Andrew Carnegie--see left-- makes the Web 2.0 concept even stronger: bring information and reading to all. We may not agree with the way Carnegie made his fortune, but his model of sharing the possibility of knowledge is extremely relevant to Web 2.0. Our leaders in CSLA are to be congratulated for envisioning the program, fashioning it as a summer treat, to be imbibed slowly, a sip at a time.
Of course, this is only the beginning. The Web 2.0 class showed us what the next wave of web communication can deliver. We learned so much--now to go back, learn more deeply, and begin to apply. I am already thinking of the ways I can use many of the tools to improve communication and productivity within the committees on which I serve at school. And technical questions--many how-to's--continue to develop. Weeks ago, I wrote technical services at one of the touted sites we studied and never heard back from them. We have to work together, engaging everyone on campus with technical expertise in order to improve skills throughout the school.
Big jobs ahead of us. Thank you, CSLA, for leading us. And many thanks to my daughters for faithfully reading the blog and providing fashion advice for my avatar! My community of Santa Cruz has a wonderful history of Carnegie Libraries. Read about it here: http://www.santacruzpl.org/history/libsch/carnegie.shtml