The library 2.0 (L2) movement shares many interesting activities with KM as I understand it.
Library 2.0 covers a wide field, from tagging OPAC, IM at the reference desk, to forming virtual communities and encouraging participation in content development, policy formation and asset selection & management.
The L2 has been branded a 'movement' and passing 'fad' by some of the more traditionalists, but I believe the pioneers like Michael Casey, Ed Vielmetti and Michael Stephens are bringing a form of knowledge ecology to the library world and doing real world KM stuff.
Here are some of the L2 heresies:
- Users can modify library services, content and policy
- Participation is more than a book on loan
- Libraries should be open source
- L2 changes, authority, strategies, orientation and mission - it is disruptive
- L2 encourages library - library collaboration, co-operation and activities - moving beyond inter-library loans
Libraries need to pay attention to ephemeral content, provide blogs and virtual community, annotation affordances, move into myspace, encourage community and conversation, move into gaming, IM and more.... oh such horror!
What comes next? Recommender systems, Amazon feeds, iPod downloads.....????
If L2 is all about participation, collaboration, community, creative content, changing the context and bringing more people into the conversation - that is core KM stuff. I see the SLA has recently started a new KM division (about time!) and hope they will be embracing much of this L2 excitement.
Do you any L2 thoughts to share?