Building a Library 2.0

I’m not sure if that title actually comes across with the meaning I’m after. It’s not Building a….Library 2.0. It’s Building a Library….2.0. :-)

Is anyone aware of a building project being managed via 2.0 tools? MPOW has been funded for a new library, and we are currently in the project planning phases. I’m pushing for us to be completely transparent about the process…we are a state school, and everything we do is more or less subject to sunshine laws. Might as well put it right out there.

As a part of the project, we’re going to be managing it with a wiki (still under construction due to new server being purchased), probably sharing documents with Google Docs, and we’ve already started our Flickr Pro account for photos of site visits. We’ve got two video visits that will probably go up on YouTube.

Is there anyone else out there doing this? I know there aren’t many simultaneous builds going on, especially of academic libraries, but surely someone has done a “transparent build” before. Our plans involve letting the community comment on the wiki, and gathering feedback from as many of these sources as we can to inform our build plan.

Anyone out there have suggestions for the process that the 2.0 technology might improve, other than the things I’ve mentioned? This is new for me…it’s going to be an interesting few years.

Consider this the first of a few blog posts on transparency. More exciting news coming later this summer. :-)

3 thoughts on “Building a Library 2.0

  1. It is hard to know what counts when talking about transparency. When we designed our new library, the architect did an Esquisse process. They let the public, board members, library staff members have input on the design of the building. I took a picture of every step of the process and put it on flickr http://flickr.com/photos/casagrandelibrary . I put the blueprints at the main circulation desk for anyone to see and have made myself available for questions. (online environments are not as prevalent in my community). Our Intergovernmental Agreement gets approved by City Council Monday night and then by the High School Board Tuesday night and groundbreaking is October 9th. I always ponder this myself, what is transparent enough?

  2. It is hard to know what counts when talking about transparency. When we designed our new library, the architect did an Esquisse process. They let the public, board members, library staff members have input on the design of the building. I took a picture of every step of the process and put it on flickr http://flickr.com/photos/casagrandelibrary . I put the blueprints at the main circulation desk for anyone to see and have made myself available for questions. (online environments are not as prevalent in my community). Our Intergovernmental Agreement gets approved by City Council Monday night and then by the High School Board Tuesday night and groundbreaking is October 9th. I always ponder this myself, what is transparent enough?

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