Collaborative library

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I live in a little village (Spijkenisse)  in the Netherlands that used to be quite average and was not really adopting 2.0 concepts. However this is changing, that itself is not very surprising, since it is not a question if you adopt 2.0 concepts, but more when you adopt them. The new library in my […]

I live in a little village (Spijkenisse)  in the Netherlands
that used to be quite average and was not really adopting 2.0 concepts.
However this is changing, that itself is not very surprising, since it
is not a question if you adopt 2.0 concepts, but more when you adopt them. The new library in my city will not only have a very innovative design,
it will offer next to the regular space for books, also an extra space
for 75.000 books. This space for 75.000 books is intended for the
residents of Spijkenisse. Each resident is allowed to contribute one
book to the library.

This is a really great concept, since you have approximately 75.000
books in your library that a resident would recommend to others to
read. Instead for going only the standard collections approach
Spijkenisse is partly outsourcing / crowd sourcing the building of its
collection. An easy way to collect the books that matter to the
community. Also a nice way for writers to promote their own books
though. On the other hand, people living in a certain place have a lot
in common, therefore it might happen that you have some books that will
occur multiple times in the crowd sourced selection. This isn’t a bad
thing, especially since the crowd sourced collection also shows the
interests of the residents. Based on the interests the library can
extend its collection with books that will have fit with their
residents.

Just by simply creating some shelf space, on which residents can put
their books they think that are worth reading ,does the library of
Spijkenisse create an immensive value. Not only will the crowd sourced
collection be read by other residents (and probably more than the
conventional collections), it also provided an enormous ammount of
information about the (potential) clients for the library. The only
thing the library did was to inviting people to give something to them
for free.

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Rick Mans is Information Architect and a social media evangelist within Capgemini. You can follow and connect with him via Twitter or Delicious

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