This OLJ task is quite difficult as I do not work in a library and to evaluate a library’s needs in regards to Library 2.0 as a user is difficult. However, I think that this speech is a really good one and contains many important points for libraries to consider. Following are five points that I consider the most important for any library looking at Library 2.0.

  1. Library 2.0 is a state of mind. Such considerations as meeting user needs, trusting users, removing the need to be perfect, keeping up-to-date with technology and looking outside the library for opportunities (Farkas, 2007, 20:01) seem simple, but they can be difficult to implement. Such difficulty is often to be found in staff because change can be scary. Ensuring that library staff are willing to take the Library 2.0 trip along with the patrons is essential.
  2. Know your user — Put yourself where the users are. Farkas makes the point that not all library users use the same sites, nor do they all have the same idea of what they value in a library. This does not mean that the library has to use all possible sites, not does it mean that it cannot pick just one.  What Farkas is suggesting is that libraries speak with their users to find out what they want.
  3. Library 2.0 is an evolution not a revolution. This point is extremely important as libraries have changed to meet the needs of their users before (for example, introducing different material formats and computer catalogues to on-line catalogues) and library 2.0 is another step in the evolution of the library.
  4. Remember the technology have-nots. Never forget that there are some customers, either by circumstance or choice who will not have access to the technologies that Library 2.0 uses.
  5. The final point that I think is really important was discussed by both Farkas and Wagner (the then Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer at Berkeley). Wagner called it the three P’s: Plan, partnership and privacy. These three P’s really need to be part of any successful implementation of Library 2.0.


Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley Division (Producer). (2007, November 19). Building academic library 2.0 [Video]. Retrieved from