Let’s face it! Not many collection development librarians blog. I sense a bit of disdain in some quarters for the entire 2.0 enterprise. It is rather ironic, given the changing nature of collections. Even if they don’t believe completely in 2.0-icity, you would expect that they would want to have an ear to the ground. See what was coming over the horizon. I think there is something of a sense of helplessness about the future of collections as well. I, however, feel nothing but excitement about the changes we see coming. I think it will take that (excitement) to design new collections that exploit all the possibilities of our new networked environments. So, please, prove me wrong, collection development librarians. Let’s see you come out of the woodwork and into the blogsphere. We need your input to make this design process work. If we don’t do it, who will?
I get a lot of great information from the blogs in my blogroll. It doesn’t all have to come from collection development librarians. But I am excited to have made contact with a few collections folks out there. This includes ol’ #2 over at 2 Kewl Librarians, deep-thinking Mollie, a public library collection development coordinator, at Meditating Librarian, and polymath Jonathan at Mesoj. Blog on folks! And tell me if there are other collections folks out there I should know about.
I also wanted to pass on that I heard from Eric Lease Morgan about a discussion list call NGC4LIB. NGC stands for “next generation catalog,” but the list is very much about using 2.0 ideas to deliver information to patrons. Good place to hear lots of innovative discussion. A new user interface is really the foundation of what I think of as Collections 2.0. Let’s get this conversation going in as many places as possible.