I spoke at Internet Librarian International 2012 earlier this week and listened to many interesting speakers.
Interesting possibilities open up if we think of libraries as platforms and this simplified for me when I came across David Weinberger
David described a library platform as about “developing knowledge and community, not primarily for developing software. Still, like an open software platform, it would:
- Be open to all
- Give access to every scrap of information it has, including its digital content, but also metadata about that content, its usage, and the social interactions around it
- Enable new products and services to be built by anyone with an idea
- Integrate everything the library knows into the entire Net ecosystem”
I love David Weinberger “Conceiving of the library as a platform not only opens a range of new services and provides for a continuous increase in the library’s value, it also does something libraries urgently need to do: it changes the criteria of success.”