As mentioned in an earlier post, CILIP recently held an Open Session to enable conversation about the use of Web 2.0. Many others have blogged about the event, but I thought I’d add my thoughts too.

I was particularly pleased that in between enquiries and other work-related tasks, I was still able to follow much of the conversation by using Twitterfall to follow any Tweets tagged with #cilip2. As it was an open session, the tag had been promoted before the event and the use of Twitter/live blogging was encouraged. There were some “official” bloggers including Matthew Mezey who blogged about the session on the Update blog. There were also people in the room who were using Twitter to share discussions from the session. There was no live audio or video feed of the event but Brian Kelly reported on how he has learnt from his attempts and this is maybe something that could happen in future.

It was excellent to be able to participate via Twitter despite the geographical spread and it also enabled me to find more librarians on Twitter. The discussions surrounding professional issues (which I followed and participated in on Twitterfall) started well before the event, and it was great to see such a strong community who are passionate about the future of the profession. Dave Pattern produced a list of all the tweets tagged with #CILIP2 and used these to create a Wordle cloud:

#cilip2 Wordle cloud

#cilip2 Wordle cloud

The actual event centred around the talks from Phil Bradley and Brian Kelly, followed by discussions about how CILIP can utilise and support the use of Web 2.0. I felt honoured to be featured in Brian Kelly’s talk as one of the librarians of the future – he mentioned different Web 2.0 tools I use for professional purposes such as blogging, microblogging and social bookmarking. Both Phil and Brian spoke about how CILIP should be key players in supporting the use of Web 2.0, and I hope CILIP take on board the requests for embracing the technologies. It was also pleasing to hear mention of how CILIP could help explain how and why to use these technologies within libraries and offer support to train staff to enable them to use them in a professional context.

I haven’t heard of any concrete outcomes of the event as yet but the discussion should help shape future CILIP policies hopefully and I think it’s incredibly positive that CILIP are involving members (and non-members) more and hope to see this sort of transparency continues. CILIP are currently involved in a survey on the use of professional networkings and social media websites, I’m hoping this data will also show which areas are currently being used and which could potentially be used.

In related news, I noticed a brief news article in the most recent edition of CILIP’s Library and Information Gazette about the new CILIP communities website which will add social features to the community. It was due to be launched yesterday but wasn’t live when I checked yesterday morning. It seems to be live now however, although I admit I haven’t had much chance to explore it yet. I hope it will be similar in functionality to America’s ALA Connect, which I recently read a review of and sounded great.

Let’s hope this is the start of a more transparent CILIP and a professional body to be really proud of. 🙂

  • I enjoyed the “conference” too… that Wordle really irritates me as it has a lot of really obvious words like #CILIP2 and twitter in large type – obviously these would be the most frequent words, but they don’t convey anything about the content of the conversation!

    Ahem, that’s my year of working on a content analysis MSc dissertation speaking. Still, it is a shame as you can’t read the smaller words which probably say more about what was discussed.

    If nothing else, I guess this has served to make the librarian 2.0 crowd more united and bring them firmly to CILIP’s attention.

    I think there’s a long way to go before the Web 2.0 way of working is integrated into library thinking – although there’s a lot of practical stuff happening, Web 2.0 people seem to think “libraries – and CILIP – are behind the times” and most librarians still view IT with (somewhat justified) suspicion.

    Information literacy (or digital literacy if you want headlines) is definitely the way to go if we want to integrate this stuff.

  • Michael — not sure if you haven’t seen Wordle before, but the way it works is to show the most commonly used words in the largest font size. It just “eye candy” and isn’t really meant to provide a deep and meaningful insight into the conversation. Also, most of the smaller words are readable if you view the original image:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/davepattern/3486785454/sizes/o/

    I’m curious that you state “most librarians still view IT with somewhat justified suspicion”, as this isn’t my experience.

    • I agree Dave, I think the Wordle is a great way to show the main areas of conversation – I guess different people like different things.

      As for librarians viewing IT with suspicion, this isn’t my experience either. I appreciate there are some librarians who perhaps aren’t as confident as others with IT but I think most are willing to learn new skills and enjoy doing so (as evidenced by the large number of supporters and the overwhelming positive reaction to programmes such as Learning 2.0). I’m not sure if perhaps Michael if saying that Web 2.0 people assume librarians have this suspicion but again that isn’t my personal experience.