Last week, some of us went to the Bridging Worlds conference. And TNL’s take on it ? Lots of interesting stuff happening in Web 2.0 or Library 2.0, learnt that I have to cope with being a new 8th Age of librarian on top of all the other Ages, etc, etc. Anything inspiring? Not really. Anything insightful? Let me see… nope. Not quite. All right – anything TNL can use to apply? Well, yah, I guess.
At the risk of my boss saying, “Why we send you to conferences, ah?”, I would like to quickly say there is one little nugget TNL thinks worth mining. Our Rambling Librarian (He draws. Did you know that? What do you draw, RL?) and one of our participants asked this question – How do we get people to participate in Web 2.0? RL had one slide that says it all – get people to leave comments on blogs. They don’t need to start blogs, etc. Just leave their comments. Huh. Quite a little gem, don’t you think? Out of the slew of all the fancy stuff, this stood out.
But what would motivate librarians to leave comments or to participate in any way? I would participate if it is something I feel strongly about (either really lurvvve it or want to kill it and put myself out of the misery). So to me, TNL, it is a matter of wanting to experience it. I guess that is what Web 2.o is all about – participating, collaborating, sharing, experiencing.
Now, the trick is how do you get librarians to feel strongly enough to want to post a comment?