Two non-tech recommendations that I especially liked:
- Let go of "the culture of perfect" -- if we wait for our web site, chat software, OPAC to be the elusive perfect, it'll never happen and we'll get left behind. (the "culture of perfect" is Meredith's idea, the "we’ll be left behind" is mine).
- Nurture talent. Meredith mentions a Library Journal Mover & Shaker who recently left academia; Meredith exhorted the audience to support innovators, and find ways of keeping people who do cool stuff. I agree with that, and I raise her one: we librarians who are dong cool stuff should active support each other. I think we do that already, but I want to keep it more of a priority for myself to support my friends and colleagues who are fighting the good fight.
(Meredith's talk starts around minute 13)
If you want to know more about using social software in libraries, in the classroom, or anywhere else, this is a good talk, and Meredith also has a book on the topic. Yay!
For More Information
- Farkas, Meredith. Building Academic Library 2.0. Keynote Speaker @ Conference sponsored by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley Division. November 2, 2007. Link @ Berkeley includes webcast, streaming podcast, and downloading podcast. See also Meredith's blog post about her presentation: Building Academic Library 2.0 video, Nov. 26, 2007.
- Farkas, Meredith. Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication, and Community Online. InfoToday, 2007, and her companion web site: sociallibraries.com