I think I owe one group of people a partial apology for having published Library 2.0 and “Library 2.0.”
Not the cheerleaders and proponents. Certainly not those who argue that doing an in-depth discussion of what was being said about “Library 2.0″ in late January 2006 was somehow unfair because premature, where in May 2006 it’s a nicely-defined movement that every rational librarian should be part of.
No, the apology is to those librarians who expressed a variety of doubts about the name, the bandwagon, the universal applicability of the concepts, the need to drop those dangerous old ideas and focus on “Library 2.0,” the extent to which the term was being used in a confrontational manner…and other doubts.
Not that I agree with all of those doubts (I don’t, any more than I agree with all the pro-“Library 2.0″ stuff that was in the issue), but I believe they were thoughtful comments worth addressing on their own merits.
Unfortunately, what I see happening–notably in the Wikipedia article on “Library 2.0″ and in the reading list for the ALA course–is that my roundup is being used as the single example of anything less than enthusiasm for “Library 2.0.” (And in the case of Wikipedia, one criticism of “Library 2.0″–a minor one at that–is being peddled as the only criticism anyone’s made, and of course it’s been answered in full.)
So, hey, you get 10, or 15, or 30 pro-“Library 2.0″ posts and documents. You get one (count ’em, 1) very long discussion as “balance” which, if anyone does go to read it, is not opposed to the ideas and explicitly tries to be fair to all parties involved. The C&I document is a nice excuse for dismissing all other doubts about the movement.
And for that, I apologize. The critics and skeptics deserve better.
For those who interpret this post as another attack on Library 2.0: I can’t control your interpretations, although you’re dead wrong. Failure to enthusiastically be 100% supportive of something is not the same as opposing it. (Analogy: Not entirely happy with NSA’s call harvesting or 100% enthused about Bush’s job performance? Why do you hate America?)