A couple of months ago there was a major backlash from the library community in the UK regarding CILIP and it’s use (or lack of) Web 2.0 technologies.

It started with Bob McKee’s All of a Twitter post on his From the Chief Executive’s Desk blog, which was responded to by Phil Bradley in his CILIP – Epic Fail post. There were others who responded either on the original post from Bob (although at the time this was only open to CILIP members, something which had always irked me but has thankfully now been changed, on Phil’s post, on their own blogs, or on Twitter.

It all kicked off one afternoon with many librarians on Twitter joining in the conversation about how CILIP should be supporting Web 2.0 technologies and what they could do to improve things. It was actually quite exciting to be a part of this, and it was great to see a community using social media tools to discuss professional issues.

Thankfully, CILIP were also following what was happening and have decided to begin to tackle the issue by holding an Open Session with the main aim (from the CILIP Council Matters blog post):

to generate some really good ideas about how the Council could be using Web 2.0 to engage better with the LIS community and the individuals in it – both members and non-members

Phil Bradley and Brian Kelly have been invited to start the discussion by speaking about what sort of things have worked elsewhere and suggest ideas that CILIP could try. I’m honoured to have been asked by Brian if he could use me as an example of what people in the community are doing, you can see a draft version of his slides over at his blog.

The actual event is on Wednesday (29th April) in London, and I’m really looking forward to it. I won’t be there physically, but appropriately for such an event there will be people blogging and twittering the event, so I’ll be following the tag #CILIP2.0 (although I think there may be some issues with the tag so it may be #CILIP2 instead). I hope virtual attendees will still be able to contribute to the event, but if there is anything in particular you would like raising, both Phil and Brian have asked for feedback on their recent blog posts.

I for one am certainly pleased that CILIP are taking action, and hope that in the future I’ll be posting about great initiatives that CILIP are getting involved in.

Wow, I’ve been named a 2009 Shover and Maker! 🙂

For those that don’t know of Shovers and Makers, here’s some information taken from the Shovers and Makers website:

Every year, Library Journal names a group of innovative librarians as “Movers and Shakers.” M&S is a popular feature for a good reason: the profiles of M&S librarians are thought-provoking and inspiring. M&S ends up as something of a snapshot of what the library profession finds innovative and worth of notice, and there is no question that the Movers and Shakers are people to watch.

But at the Library Society of the World, we can’t help but wonder about everyone else in libraryland. While the Movers and Shakers are moving and shaking, what are the rest of us doing? Standing still? Surely not.

So we have come up with our own award that we see as a complement to M&S. Introducing Library Society of the World’s Shovers and Makers.

The award is self-nominated, and not taken very seriously, but I’m proud to be part of it. I am an infrequent visitor to the Library Society of the World chatroom on Meebo, but whenever I visit I’m greeted by a friendly group of librarians who are always welcoming and have some fascinating conversations (some work related, some completely random!).

I’ve known about the Shovers and Makers award since it was announced over a month ago but only just got around to nominating myself – the deadline of May 15th was a kick up the backside! It’s been interesting reading about what other people around the world are up to, why don’t you nominate yourself to let everyone know how you’ve been shoving and making?

A few weeks ago there were some major changes with the layout of Facebook (more on the official Facebook blog). The change has been pretty unpopular with quite a lot of people, although I have to say I personally quite like the change of focus. Facebook is now far more focused on following the activities of your friends on your home page, in a similar way to Twitter (Facebook did try to buy Twitter earlier this year so it’s probably no coincidence that they are changing in this way).

At around the same time of the change, Facebook also changed its Facebook Pages, the section of Facebook for businesses and organisations, and rebranded it as Facebook Public Profiles. There’ve been a fair few teething problems including broken pages on IE for any page with opening hours included – thankfully others have been quick to raise the issues and share fixes (particular thanks to Edith Speller, @wiilassie on Twitter). Most of the issues seem to have been sorted now )or a fix found at least!).

The changes bring organisation pages more inline with personal pages, there has also been a change of focus for organisations – instead of the information page being the main feature of the page, the Wall is the default landing page (although this can be changed in Settings if you wish).

Facebook Public Profile layout

Facebook Public Profile layout

One of the main differences is that organisations can now update their status in a similar way to personal Facebook profiles. This means that fans can (if they agree to) view short updates on their homepage from public profiles they are interested in. If enabled, they can also see any new content which has been added (e.g. if a new photo album is added it should show up in their Public Profile feed).

Although this means that the page I administer for our Learning Centres needs work (previously it was a fairly static page), I view the change as a positive step. I’m currently awaiting feedback from management on where to go next with the Facebook project but ideally I’d love to see it being used in a more dynamic way. We have a lot happening in our Learning Centres and I’d like to use Facebook as a way to connect with our users and keep them up-to-date with developments (e.g. events, new databases, vacation opening hours etc.).

I’m pleased Facebook have made this change, it’s a challenge now for us to ensure that our presence on Facebook is worthwhile and although it still won’t require much time to update (it only takes seconds to change the status), I’m hoping it will remind me (and other admins) of the importance of keeping the content fresh. If I get approval, I’d like to ensure we have more fresh information on our page such as photographs, service/resource updates, possibly even discussions about any issues users have. Anyone else have any ideas of how to make the most of the new Public Profile on Facebook?