Hall, D. (May 2010). Don’t move to a Luddite commune. Learning & Leading with Technology, 37, 7. p.13(1).

In Don Hall’s academic journal article Don’t move to a Luddite commune (As I See “IT”), he writes about reluctantly joining Facebook and his surprisingly positive experience in connecting with old business and college friends.  In the academic journal article Don recognized the duality of the social network experience: he acknowledged the security concerns over privacy but also saw the usefulness in creating writing skills for unmotivated writers and in the networking capabilities.

As Don moved from his previous Luddite stance and grew more excited about the possibilities of social networking he had a personal confrontation with his wife. His wife was upset about the family pictures that he had posted because it felt like her privacy had been violated.  While discussing this with his wife he realized that even if some adults don’t like the new “social networking” experience (which he felt included IM and texting) there is no stopping it.  I really like the idea of the author moving forward and trying out technology and in exploring its tremendous capabilities to create, build something new while at the same time reconnecting with others from the past.

In the article The ongoing web revolution by Michael Stephens, he quotes Darlene Fitcher’s definition of the modern library in a equation entitled Library 2:0=(books ‘n stuff +people +radical trust) X participation. What Fitcher is saying in that quote is that libraries have always had books and people. But to be a prevalent force in the modern world Libraries must move into the ideology of Web 2.0.  They must create an atmosphere that allows participation and contribution with patrons and other’s working in the library.

Stephen states that the key to creating this new realm is through trust; or simply stated “Trust Drives Change.”  By allowing patrons access to blog forums where they can commute with one another, review books, and communicate with librarians and other library patrons the library can break from its traditional role into new territory.  I really loved this part of the article because I felt that this was new territory for libraries.  People want to communicate and work/share their ideas with one another on some level and social network sites allows people to do that.

One aspect that I would like to see added that I just learned about in Libr 203 is the incorporation of the Second Life technology into public, private and even school libraries.  I’m completely new to Second Life but I really enjoyed prancing around the SJSU Island and going into all of the different areas. The Second Life world could be another move away from the traditional place and into one where patrons could be trusted to really be a part of the building of way we see and use the library system.

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