It seems superfluous to write a post about the CILIP 2.0 discussion at an open meeting of CILIP Council on Wednesday. There's such rich material out there already: Phil Bradley's and Brian Kelly's presentations, Caroline Moss-Gibbons' reflections, a live blog by Matthew Mezey of Update, and of course the twitter streams, aggregated here by Dave Pattern. And there's a follow up wiki: http://cilip2unofficial.wikispaces.com/
I twittered throughout: curiously TweetDeck and the CILIP wifi didn't like each other, but I managed very well with Twitterfall. I'm sorry I didn't reply to questions or points made to @tomroper. I was too busy trying to get the sense of the next remark being made in the debate to answer.
Some said there needed to be more research in to how the profession uses and could uses Web 2.0 tools. In fact research results are already finding the way into the literature, but there is not better way to promote further work than by providing the practice on which theory can be developed, which means doing exactly as Phil and Brian were advising us: use social software, try it out, develop what works, discard what doesn't. We can't wait for the grant proposals to be approved and the project officers to be appointed.
The deficiencies of existing tools: our monolithic website, the Byzantine authentication processes for CILIP communities and so on were well-rehearsed. I had spent that very morning trying to update the pages for CoFHE LASEC, which I have to do through a third party.
In the end, the point is not to use these things because they are fun or fashionable. It's because they offer the chance for the membership organisation whose concerns, perhaps more than any other in the the country, are intimately connected to the networked world, to build its organisation, to talk to and listen to members, and to reach new audiences in new ways.
I leave the last word to Edward Dudley, retired lay-about, former head of the library school at North London Polytechnic, once editor of New Library World and still a columnist in Update, who recently celebrated his ninetieth birthday. We spoke briefly at the end. He pointed me in the direction of Brian Vickery's memoirs on the web, of which more in another post, and then we started to talk about the meeting. What did I see in all this, he asked? I made some vague and semi-coherent noises about how I was interested in the aspects of Web 2.0 which seem to offer greater opportunity for democracy. He thought briefly. 'Yes,' he replied, 'and subversion'. I trust we will all be as subversive as we possibly can .