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Patrons Participating in Library 2.0

   November 27th, 2007

Historical photograph of house in North Chelmsford, MAI'm sure there are lots of little stories like this in the library bloggy world, but here's mine:

Earlier this year, my library uploaded to flickr a set of historical photographs taken around town in 1901. We thought it was a good way to make these library materials more accessible.

I just noticed a comment on one of the photographs. A patron recognized another patron's house, and forwarded him the link to our historical photograph. The second patron then uploaded a photograph of his house today to his flickr account, and linked the two together using comments.

That's great - that's exactly how libraries can enrich their collections and communities. We didn't really do anything, other than put our pictures out there (no real promotion or involvement after that). It was word-of-mouth between patrons that brought this about, and let the library be involved in their daily lives. Neat.

And for those looking for meaning in life: note the sign in the foreground of the "today" photograph.

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3 Responses to “Patrons Participating in Library 2.0”

  1. Kat Says:

    Hooray for the universal library sign!

  2. Rachel Says:

    Dude! Your blog got cited on “Tame the Web!”

    Good onya. 🙂

    PS How are you??

  3. Brian Herzog Says:

    What, you sound surprised. I told you, I’m on my way up.

    PS: How do you think I am? I got cited on “Tame the Web” – yay! The fact that I tore my pants today getting books out of our book drop box has totally been negated.