T h e U t o p i a n L i b r a r y

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My name is Ruth and I am a technology coordinator at a large public library in the town where I grew up. I also have another title that’s so long I can’t remember all of the words and their order. It has something to do with Library 2.0, innovation, implementation, and change. I share that very long title with my colleague, Jenn.

The Utopian Library has existed in my mind for several years as a place where library enthusiasts can gather to work, play, learn, and share what they know about what they do best. I’ve always envisioned that my next job would be at The Utopian Library. Since no such place exists in brick and mortar, I created its virtual space while sitting in the lobby of the Crystal City Hyatt between sessions at Computers in Libraries 2007. I’ve been inspired by the work and wisdom of CiL2007 presenters and dinner companions, bar buddies, twitterers, and flickrphiles who made the week so enjoyable.

I left for the conference feeling unsure about how to best implement L2.0 at my library. I returned with renewed enthusiasm for the projects that lie ahead and a brain that is bursting with new information, knowledge, and tools.

There are a few people whose presence at CiL2007 has infused me with inspiration and aspiration. Their blogsites are listed below. Check out their work… they have so much to share!


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