Sharing: It’s the New Black
Last week I was at Computers In Libraries 2006 where the buzz seemed to be all about wikis, collaboration and social software. While attending a panel presentation called Wikis in Action one of the panelists made an off-the-cuff comment that “sharing is the new black”. This quip has been rattling around in my brain for several days — it ranks right up there as one of my top 3 favorite quotes of the conference. So, if you are the clever panelist who said this, please step forward and identify yourself — I would like to give you proper attribution. I think it might have been Darren Chase from SUNY Stony Brook.
As The Library Garden takes root, I am once again pondering this quote as we are envisioning this blog to be a collaborative effort by several librarian editors. We want to create a blog that exemplifies the “new black” attitude of the Web at the dawn of 2006. The Web is now a place where:
We want to contribute to the content.
We want to comment on what others contribute.
We want space to express our ideas, likes, dislikes, etc.
We want to create, remix, socialize, and connect.
We want to work with others to add and to share our knowledge.
This weeks cover story of Newsweek highlights the trend of viewing the Web as a place for users to both consume and contribute:
Next Frontiers – Putting The ‘We’ in Web
From MySpace to Flickr And YouTube, Social-Network Sites Are Leading a New Tech Boom; User-Generated Movement Called ‘Web 2.0’ or ‘Live’ Web
As the Newsweek article states:
…less than a decade ago, when we were first getting used to the idea of an Internet, people described the act of going online as venturing into some foreign realm called cyberspace. But that metaphor no longer applies. MySpace, Flickr and all the other newcomers aren’t places to go, but things to do, ways to express yourself, means to connect with others and extend your own horizons. Cyberspace was somewhere else. The Web is where we live.
As the Web evolves in to what Dan Chan of Daypop coined “The Living Web”, a place where users congregrate not just to find information but to share what they know and what they are thinking about, librarians need to continue to explore the opportunities that exist for weaving ourselves a place in this new social fabric.
Many physical libraries currently view themselves as the “community living room”, a place for people to congregrate, learn, share and discuss. How can we translate this in to the new social web that is rapidly emerging? Can we create an online version of the library as community living room? Is there room for a LibrarySpace next to MySpace?
Let’s get the discussion going. Let’s Collaborate… after all, sharing is the new black!