Mapping a 2.0 Library Ecosystem

First step on Library 2.0 Strategy

I love Internet

based on I love Internet by Sara Scamarcia for Codice Internet

Each December the library defines a set of objectives for the coming year. These goals, aligned with the strategy of the Library Management, are set based on teamwork which involves professionals from various departments of the university.

Brainstorming sessions promoted by the Library Management generate ideas, suggestions and possible improvements. This collection of ideas related to the specific objectives translates in most cases into future projects.

These projects have their own coordinator and a team. Projects with schedule and defined working plan defined a specific deliverables and some indicators to evaluate the achievement of the goal; plus a communication plan to show the results and to look for possible collaborations or partnerships.

For 2012-2013 I have been commissioned to carry out a project linked to the Communication Strategy of the Library — to define ‘aggressive’ 2.0 strategy for the Virtual Library at the Open University of Catalonia.

The first months have served to establish the framework, the timeline and the team.

Now we have begun with the first steps of the project by mapping the current 2.0 ecosystem -with all its shortcomings and its successes. This project is the first step to discover the reality of our 2.0 technologies and actual resources.

The Team must also surf in a world of concepts that is not so easy. The project itself should be a training program for the team and an ontological exercise for the library. This is the intention expressed by the Head of the Library: to introduce the library team and the Library Head himself in a world of concepts needed to move with the agility required by this desirable aggressive strategy.

Additionally, it can be used to open our eyes to the direction in which future decisions can be ‘aggressive’ and well informed.

The cognitive mapping decode information about the relative locations and attributes of phenomena in their everyday or metaphorical spatial environment.

This instrument is already well known and widely supported technology, which allows visually display entities, establish logical groupings, and view relations between them.

offtopic[?]: ‘By linking literary analysis with the general processes of the human mind, a cognitive approach to literature shows how human creativity can be nourished by reading poetry.’  Freeman, M. H. (2002). Cognitive mapping in literary analysis. Style, 36(3), 466-483.

Mapping a 2.0 Library Ecosystem Definitions and Resources to Start
some ressources on the Internets for a 2.0 Library Project (suggestions needed!)

some ressources on the Internets for a 2.0 Library Project

(suggestions needed!)

  1. The application of cognitive mapping methodologiesin project management research
  2. Community/social mapping develops imaginative thinking and knowledge fusions maximizing the creative potential of a community
  3. These are some indicators which can help us measure the impact and higher efficiency of Relief 2.0 initiatives and approaches [and can be a usefull start for improve our own performance indicators]:

    Percentage of field help/resources requests fulfilled: how many are fulfilled and relief/resource delivered to the final stakeholder or beneficiary in the field.

    Time taken to fulfill them: How long does it take for a need identified or request collected in the field to be fulfilled.Number of beneficiaries.
    Geographic coverage: Wide and granular.
    Large zones.Individual impacts within each zone.
  4. GiCamps
    Scholars are quickly moving toward a universe of web-native communication | Impact of Social Sciences

Step by step we’ll show the evolution of our explorations in the Labs web site.

And, of course, that goal is by definition 2.0 and has the claim to be ‘aggressive’, exploiting all the knowledge from Labs that for 2 years we have experienced.

Original posted by Gerard Pagès i Camps on Monday, June 18, 2012 on #LibTechNotes a blog from the LibraryLabs at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Library