Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation

“Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation” Amigos Annual Members Conference, Dallas, TX.

Abstract: Thoughts on how libraries facilitate conversations. The idea is based on a simple theory: Knowledge is created through conversation; libraries are in the knowledge business; therefore, libraries are in the conversation business. Though libraries serve a vital role as community memory keeper, they often fall short of the ideal. Lankes will explain how by embracing the participatory online technologies from Web 2.0 libraries can advance not just their communities, but their positions within them. You’ll learn how adopting network concepts and software promotes the library’s most fundamental mission: knowledge creation and dissemination.