Thursday, August 24, 2006

a pause for thought

All this stuff we're doing here is incredible fun, no doubt.

But... (and there's always a but)

How much of it do you think we're going to take back into our jobs?

I mean, underneath it all, that is a large part of the point, isn't it? Web 2.0 tools are fun and cool to use, but if we weren't going to use these things in our jobs in some way, would we be doing all this?

So with that in mind: what do people think they are going to take from this back into their day to day jobs?

Personally, I don't think I'm going to take everything, but there are several things I think I will be taking back with me. I think I'll be starting a LibraryThing for my book club, to keep track of what we've read and our thoughts on it. I've already started a community blog for the book club. I hope the Core Competencies wiki I've been working on will continue to grow.

The problem is that I can only definitely say I'll use the things that take little buy-in. Thus I can say that I'm aware of flickr as a resource, but I can't say that I can start up a reference blog, or jump straight into IM messaging, because I'm not the person who makes the calls in those areas, and to do so without authorization would take more buy-in and more - if you'll excuse my French - balls than I have available.

What does everyone else think?

3 Comments:

Blogger Lori said...

hmmm, good questions, there are a lot of people here that won't use all of these things for their actual jobs, but it will help them communicate better with the public about technology and hopefully open them to the ides of new ideas and technologies in the future. i think one of the main goals here is to encourage people to feel empowered to try out new technology.

10:59 AM  
Blogger bunny66 said...

i plan to examine all these new technologies and try to incorporate what i can into my job. if nothing else it will help with communications with the public, at least i will have some idea of what they are talking about when they want to know if they can use flickr at our location.

11:43 AM  
Blogger MissKat said...

Hmmm...I haven't delved too deep into how I can incorporate these activities into my job yet.

It will allow me to be aware of what is available online for the patrons that wanted to know how to use these things.

I can see blogs and sites like flickr as being great ways to keep in touch with family and friends all over the world. Although it would be cool, I do not see me jumping into IM-reference without some serious support from the powers that be.

9:59 AM  

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