Once a symbolic bastion of traditional accumulations of specialized knowledge, today’s academic library operates in an information landscape grown increasingly variegated and difficult to traverse.
Paradoxically, at the same time, data, information, knowledge, cultural production, and scholarship are far more accessible, appropriable, and manipulable than ever before. New media attract widespread attention, more pliable technologies emerge with increasing frequency, and--most importantly--young generations of students and faculty with aptitudes, skills, and expectations borne of a world massively defined by the Internet and its progeny are populating the halls of academe.
The convergence of the once distinct technological and social meanings of the term “network” is evident in the rise of communities of remote collaborations among friends, acquaintances, students, and researchers. These developments compel academic libraries to consider how best to apply new technologies to suit users’ demands and to satisfy their institutional and educational missions.
The Academic Library 2.0 conference will address the phenomenon of academic libraries taking affirmative steps to deploy technologies and services that facilitate users’ virtually instant connection to diverse sources of knowledge and information, as well as to help users directly contribute form and substance to those sources. Among the themes to be discussed at the conference will be:
- blogs and vlogs
- photo and videosharing: Flickr, Picasa, and YouTube
- social bookmarking
- tagging and folksonomies
- user-driven comment, rating, and recommender systems
- the "wisdom of crowds" and/or "radical trust"
- new user habits, behaviors, and expectations
- user-centered, socially-driven services
Attendees should expect opportunities for hands-on participation during break-out sessions. Internet access will be available, so please bring your laptop with a fully charged battery. Access to electrical outlets in the conference center will be limited.