IL2006: Public Library track: Stephens and Blowers

Michael Stephens opens the track: Asks if he can take photos taken for Flickr. “How many of you are from a public library? [many hands go up] Rock on!”

Jenny Levine. One year ago, barely were hearing the phrase Library 2.0. Did a word count of program: RSS appears 9 times, podcasting 4, social software, 7+, mashups, 6+, lost count of wikis.

Introduces Michael Stephens. “Library 2.0: On the Culture of Trust.”

Newsweek article: Putting the “we” in web. Social networking tools. Flickr, last-fm, etc. This is where we are living.

Librarian 2.0 – harnesses the power of web 2.0 and L2.0 thinking. We need to market ourselves; find a way to put ourselves out there. We need to tell stories. We need to tell the stories of what happens in our library. Break down barriers. Go where the users are. Adopt a 2.0 philosophy. It’s about experience and play. Create a culture of trust. Plan, dream and innovate.

Are we failing to innovate because of fear?

Never stop learning. It’s up to us.

Helene Blowers, Public library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County

Standing in for Michael Casey, who could not make the conference.

Library’s mission: Expanding minds, empowering individuals, enriching the community

Why learning 2.0? Life comes at you fast.

Started in August as part of staff learning day.Tech talk series for staff talking about 2.0. Part of learning is taking responsibility for yourself and getting out of your box.

Goals of program were to introduce staff to new technologies, encourage staff to take responsibility for their learning, and reward staff for taking the initiative to complete 23 self-discovery exercises.

NOT a training program; it’s a learning program. If completed, would get mp3 player, with additional drawings for laptop. Program open to all staff, full and part time.

Week 1 – introduction
2 – blogging
3 – photos and images
4 – rss and newsreaders
5 – play week
6 – tagging and folksonomies
7 – wikis
8 – online applications and tools
9 – podcasts, videos, and downloadable audio
+ one month of extra exploration time.

Built the whole program on web-hosted, free sites.

Three exercises the most key:

* review the 7 ½ habits for highly successful lifelong learners

* begin with the end in mind

* accept responsibility for your own learning

* view problems as challenges

* have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective learner

* create your own learning toolbox

* use technology to your advantage

* teach and mentor others

* play

asked participants to look at OCLC newsletter and reflect on it

asked to reflect on their learning journey

Our communities are changing – how can we get out there and reach them.

At the end, most of the blog posts are tagged in her account.


Build the program for late-bloomers

Allow the participants to blog anonymously

Communicate weekly using 1.0 methods (all-staff email, etc.)

Focus on discovery and encourage challenges

Encourage staff to use each other and work together

Remember it’s not about acceptance or doing it right. It’s about exposure

And continually encourage staff to play!


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