I mean to blog write about this last night, but I ran out of time. So here we go:
I ran across this article on Pivia, a company that helps huge employees in companies communicate with one another through a shared centralized resource. The article discusses a new feature called TeamTheme, which “is focused on providing information on the topic of improving the performance and effectiveness of distributed teams. Enterprises today have projects with teams scattered across the globe which include internal employees as well as contractors, suppliers, partners and customers collaborating at different stages of the project.”
While Pivia and its TeamThemes seem worthy of continuous monitoring, libraries could use this on a smaller scale. We would like to communicate with one another, but don’t need the fullness of an international community aggregate. What libraries need, IMO, is to be knowledgeable about their surroundings so that they can perform their tasks better. Which leads me to…
I’ve been trying to pinpoint a topic for an upcoming book proposal and I wasn’t sure how I wanted to approach it. Do I want to talk about cooperation in libraries? Probably not – this has been discussed to death the literature. Do I want to talk about collaboration in libraries? Most likely: Collaboration and cooperation are different. My thinking is that cooperation means working together to combine resources and collaboration means working together to create resources. Do I want to discuss collective wisdom and intelligence? Yup. Last, Do I want to talk about social networks? Today as I was thinking about that last issue, I realized that I wanted social networks to be the centerpiece of my proposal. I touched upon this the other day, when I discussed an article on the Social Butterfly.
Librarians who build social networks can and should be able to perform their jobs better, whether in reference, collection development, cataloging, children’s services, archiving, and more. Once these social networks are formed, then librarians can start collaborating with their colleagues. I’m also going to talk about group theory and how that affects collaboration and social networks. There is more to it than this, I know, but it’s a start.