The Office for Information Technology Policy is pleased to announce the release of a new technology brief, Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation. R. David Lankes of Syracuse University’s Information Institute unveiled this new brief at the ALA Midwinter Meetings. Traditionally, OITP releases its briefs on printed paper. However, a different approach has been taken with this brief. The paper is stored in a wiki, which is software that allows people to leave comments and allows the paper to be easily updated. Just as the technology and needs of patrons change , this paper may need to change from time to time, and it is hoped that this paper designed to be a launching point into conversations with librarians about how libraries can use new technologies to engage their patrons.
The Washington Office’s forays into participatory networks were met with enthusiasm by members at the Midwinter Meetings. Please listen to our podcast (a special edition featuring David is forthcoming), join us on Second Life and continue to read our blog (oh and stay tuned for a new service for our members launching soon!)
The paper can be found at: http://iis.syr.edu/projects/PNOpen/. Enjoy the paper and we look forward to your comments!