I just happened across this clip on Seesmic of a Canadian librarian, Connie Crosby, talking about all kinds of webby wonders that I haven't heard of and how her fellow library people could use them to 'engage community'. It seems to me absolutely right that the local library should be ahead of the game with these free tools (whatever they do exactly!) and able to guide local people towards whichever ones might be of real value to them.
Tell me if I'm wrong but I don't think that spirit is abroad much in UK libraries. But I do hope I am wrong. This clip had been up for 11 mins when I found it - there may be more to come from the conference in Monterey on Seesmic.