Today I listened to a SirsiDynix Institute presentation by Michael Stephens called Weblogs & Libraries: Communication, Conversation, and the Blog People. It was really interesting! He did some basic, introductory level background and also touched on future possiblities, trends, etc.
In his presentation he pointed out some really awesome uses of web 2.0 technologies for libraries. Ann Arbor District Library uses blogs as part of their main page. Their director even signs posts “josie!” Rutland Free Library has flickr photos running down the right hand side of the room. SJCPL uses a wiki for their subject guides. I have loved this idea for a while. SJCPL takes it a step further by allowing users to comment and add to the discussion in the wiki. SJCPL also has a Game Blog. The last thing that I need to include here (for you, but also for my own archives) is Casey Bisson’s Designing an OPAC for Web 2.0. Bisson tied his ILS and WordPress together to create a blog-like catalog. Each entry includes the cover of the book, standard OPAC information, trackback, tagging, and permalinks. Play around with it… it’s outstanding!
I’m really looking forward to the next presentation: The 2.0 Meme-Web 2.0, Library 2.0, Librarian 2.0.
Update: Michael Stephens was kind enough to answer follow-up questions at Tame the Web.