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I started using Google Reader recently, mostly to see what everyone was talking about, but also because Bloglines had started to become too annoying to use. And I think I'm converted. What I'm really loving is the Star feature as it means I don't have to leave all the good posts marked as unread and I can see everything in the same place.
There's been a lot of fantastic posts lately which are in my Starred items folder that I really want to share.
To start with is a post by Scott Vine over at Information Overlord that I think needs to be read by CEO's and managing partners everywhere. It's called Wasting Time - Facebook and other Fallacies. Scott highlights some pretty relevant stuff about wasting time that all these so called 'studies' on Facebook seem to ignore.
Kathryn Greenhill at Librarians Matter wrote a good post on power in Library 2.0 called What’s new about Library 2.0? Shift in power. She raises a good point about the 2.0 movement about the whole '2.0 is about being user-centred'. She then goes on to outline where she feels the power has shifted.
So, if being user centred is not new, and Library 2.0 isn’t only about new tools, what is new about it? Why should we lift our heads from the stuff we are already doing and take notice of it? To me, the new element that Library 2.0 brings to our libraries is a shift in power balance - between us, our users, suppliers, software vendors, non-users.
On the topic of 2.0, The Other Librarian wrote a fantastic post titled Under the Hood of Web 2.0 : the top ten programming concepts for librarians to understand. Definitely a useful post to read if you're into the whole web 2.0 thing and want to know more about how it's all actually working.
There's been a lot of talk about the OEDB list of top 25 library bloggers. I definitely agree with the comments many made that their methodology needs a little bit of work. However, as a response, Meredith Farkas has started a survey - the Top Three Library-Related Blogs Survey. The survey is open until September 29 so head on over and fill out your three favourite library blogs.