Was=Me. Is=We.

Yesterday marked the 500th edition of The Daily News. Much has changed since the first edition on 21 January 2011 and this is the first in a series of posts to mark the occasion.

Was=Me.
The age of ‘me’ was a time when organisations were in control. A time when libraries broadcast information about their collections and services and didn’t really pay attention to who their users were.

Is=We.
Over the last 18 months this perspective has moved closer to the age of ‘we’.  An age where words like collaboration, engagement, participation and crowdsourcing are becoming more frequently used in libraries. In the age of ‘we’, library members help to shape the library’s services and are not solely passive recipients. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that encouraging library members to shape library services is commonplace in New Zealand libraries but it is improving. In a broader sense ‘we’ also refers to libraries and librarians working together for greater benefit.

My top 5 ‘we’ stories from The Daily News are:

  1. National Library of Finland turns to crowdsourcing, games to help digitize its Archives. (10 Feb 2011)
  2. Can Academic libraries learn from Corporate libraries? (20 June 2011)
  3. Shifting roles for public libraries: From Supporting Player to Community Engagement Leader.  (31 Jan 2012)
  4. Collaboration thru social media: Why the story of Buy India a Library is (still) important. (25 May 2012)
  5. Unglue.it frees their first book.  (22 June 2012)

What were your favourite ‘we’ stories?

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