Library 2.0 Challenge

My Director attended the “Tampa Bay Library Consortium Annual Meeting(sylvar’s photos / Tags / tblc2006)”: last week and came back with an interesting flyer.
bq.Web 2.0 is all the buzz. Library literature and conferences, the general news media and the internet at large are focusing on these new integrated technologies. Typically Web 2.0 technologies are “supposed second-generation of Internet-based services that let people collaborate and share information online in new ways, such as social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies.” TBLC is challenging it members to get up to date and integrate the new technologies into their library services. In the next 18 months, TBLC will offer regular workshops, and online tutorials on various Web 2.0 topics. In additions, TBLC will facilitate 1 to 2 hour think tank sessions on 2.0 topics, to help libraries and individuals figure out how to implements these technologies. The “Think Tank Schedule(Library 2.0 Challenge)”: includes “Blogs and RSS Feeds,” “Podcasts and Vodcasts,” “IM Tools,” “Gaming,” “Social Networking,” “Tagging/Folksonomies,” and “Gadgets.” Oh, and a January 17th event will feature “Helene Blowers(About Helene)”: It is always nice to make contact with people a little less geographically diverse and I look forward to attending as many events as I can.

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.