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CILIP2.0 – Open Session on CILIP’s use of Web 2.0

Posted by Brian Kelly on 22 Apr 2009

Phil Bradley and myself have been invited to take part in an open session on CILIP’s use of Web 2.0 (CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is “the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers“). This event, which is being referred to as CILIP2.0, will take place at CILIP offices, Ridgmount Street, London from 14.30-16.30 on 29th April 2009.

The information about the event describes how Phil and myself (well-known ‘gurus’) will be “kicking off the Open Session with presentations about what has worked elsewhere, and the types of things CILIP could try out“. The aim of the session is to generate ideas about how the CILIP Council could be using Web 2.0 to engage better with the library and information community.  These ideas will be fed into CILIP’s Communications Framework which is due to be published in the summer.

The Open Forum was set up following a blog post entitled CILIP – Epic FAIL made by Phil Bradley in response to a post entitled All of a Twitter by Bob McKee, CILIP CEO. I’ll not revisit the different visions of the role of a professional organisation such as CILIP in today’s Web 2.0 environment, but will simply say how pleased I am that CILIP have invited Phil and myself to facilitate a discussion for an audience who will be physically present on the day and a remote audience who may follow the tweets and live blog.

Phil Bradley will probably provide his vision in which information professionals are comfortable in making use of a variety of networked tools and services which are available ‘out there’, and don’t restrict themselves to applications which may be managed in-house. And I intend to explore the risks of this way of working and suggest that, rather than seeking to develop a safe, risk-free environment, information professionals do need to engage with the networked environment that exists today and need to recognise that a failure to take risks can result in a failure to innovate.

I’d be interested in the views of reaers of this blog.  What are your views on how information professionals should engage with a Web 2.0 world and how CILIP should respond?

7 Responses to “CILIP2.0 – Open Session on CILIP’s use of Web 2.0”

  1. Frank Norman said

    I frequently hear from colleagues in other organisations that they are not allowed to access certain web 2.0 services because IT have banned those services. This is similar to the way that some corporate IT depts reacted to the internet 10 years ago.

    Maybe there are good reasons for banning, but it just seems like unnecessary interference in communications. If CILIP can help spread positive messages about web 2.0 that would be good.

    I feel a bit of sympathy for CILIP. Those who commented on Bob and Phil’s blog posts are those who are engaged in the web 2.0 world. I fear that there may be many more CILIP members who are not, and CILIP has to take them into account too. Thus, it needs multiple communication channels to reach all its membership.

    The counter argument of course is that if it does not get its web 2.0 act together then it become an irrelevance.

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  3. Laura said

    I can’t believe it has taken CILIP so long to get to this point.
    I really wish the organisation would act more like a leader than a follower in the library world. Then I might consider joining it again…

  4. Good to see you and Phil B are going to be leading CILIP on the web 2.0 Long March.
    I was one of the people who commented on the original post and blogged about it as well.

    Social /Semantic Web
    The one point I would like to see carried into the meeting is my growing conviction that the next phase of the web will be social/semantic.

    This means that instead of social networking being a special activity which occurs in special places or with the special tools, all of the next gernation web will be one big social network.

    Library/ Librarian DNA
    Moreover, I also believe this social web will be personal / contextual and semantic – so the big question I would pose the CILIP workshop is “how do we identify and describe what I call the libraary/librarian DNA – and then make sure it is embedded as a resource for people to use as part of their online lives?

    Good luck and best to all

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