Each morning’s work at the Center for Creative Leadership library involves scanning the internet news sources for stories that affect company clients, particularly new business trends and innovations. Two such trends are Web 2.0 and the idea of “third place.” The term “third place” refers to an open, neutral, creative haven for social interaction and collaboration, such as a library or coffee shop. Web 2.0 refers to those new internet technologies that can be used to create virtual “third place” communities through synchronous and asynchronous communication. So it was not surprising to see a new column in the January 2007 issue of American Libraries focusing on how libraries can and are using Web 2.0 technology not only to put traditional library services online, but to extend the library’s function as a “third place” into the virtual world.

Publication Date

Fall 2007