Following my colleagues’ blogs, I am astonished to find how little value some of them find in nearly ALL the Web 2.0 tools. Some people are eager to see tools as time-wasting toys, and will not have the imagination to see how a library might use them. C’est incredible!
For my money, what were the best tools? Well, blogging and RSS feeds seem essential to librarianship or any organizational information-sharing, as do wikis. YouTube and Flickr have tremendous potential to help us get seen. YouTube, Flickr, del.icio.us, and LibraryThing harness the tremendous power (where did that cliché come from?) of user tagging and are useful as resource-discovery tools for individuals in their personal lives and for library-types in public service positions.
There may be some items in the Learning 2.0 curriculum that I find of low utility (like Grokker) or wholly useless (like the MyUA portal) — but there’s nothing there that’s useless to all of librarianship. There’s something in it for everyone. It just depends on the learner’s imagination.