Web2.0 levels playing field

HappinessOr at least social hierarchy.  Last year was my first Internet Librarian Conference, after being in my new position as Digital Services Librarian for only 2 months I hadn’t had an opportunity to meet many people face to face and there were a lot of names I didn’t recognize.  I attended presentations and met people from the likes of Jenny Levine, Aaron Schmidt, Amy Kearns, David Lee King, Michael Porter, Jason Griffey, Amanda Etches-JohnsonTomIpri, Christie Hill, Helene Blowers, Erin Downey Howerton, Joshua M. Neff and many more.  I’m striving to be like these people and one of the things I love about sites like Twitter & Facebook and Blogs is that it allows little ole me to keep in touch and often communicate in real ways with these people.  I can particpate in community and conversations that wouldn’t have been possible with just email or static websites.  Even better, for someone like me who has a hard time putting names with face, most of these have a little picture of the person!

Why am I writing this?  It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me work-wise and I’m remembering all the things I’m grateful for.  My connections in Libraryland, however distance they may be, are something I’m very grateful for! 

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4 comments for “Web2.0 levels playing field

  1. Tom
    May 23, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    As of now, you have 1 “possibly related posts” and it’s a link to yourself. Ha.

    Sorry to hear you had a rough couple of weeks but glad that I can be part of that group that’s given you something to be grateful for. Just imagine how connected you would feel if Twitter didn’t crap out 3 times a day!

  2. May 23, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I’m glad that little ole me can help in some way when you’re having a rough time. But you’re absolutely right, the social web is important because, well, it’s social. It connects us in ways that didn’t use to be available to us. I love it!

  3. J
    May 23, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Hope the next two weeks are much better! And I know exactly what you mean. Twittering got me through a rough time a few weeks ago.

  4. June 6, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Bobbi,

    It was very nice to see you again at the WebJunction preview this week. I’m glad you could join us, I appreciated your questions, and especially appreciated your teasing MP about “is that a no?” Hey! I think we could learn from you too!

    (In all seriousness, that’s the way it goes online, isn’t it? Everyone learning from each other, I mean…)

    It’s weird becoming a “from likes of” sort of person in libraryland when the thing that we’re doing to get that “notoriety” (let’s call it) is talking and sharing with our friends and colleagues. I have always/always felt like it was a very natural sort of thing to do, not the sort of thing we should get special kudos for. There’s something ironic about it, don’t you think?

    My boss is always telling me – it’s you! take some credit! And I’m always telling him – it’s the community! we did this together! I guess we’re both right, in some ways, but I do find it to be a bit of a paradox.

    Anyway, that’s enough “chit-chat” out of me…nice to see you again.

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