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ERIC Number: EJ786472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-15
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
Journey to Library 2.0: One Library Trains Staff on the Social Tools Users Employ
Hastings, Robin
Library Journal, v132 n7 p36-37 Apr 2007
In December 2006, the Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL) in Jefferson City, embarked on a journey. They had been watching the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County (PLCMC), NC, on its adventure through the wilds of Web 2.0, and they decided to follow the trail it had blazed. What PLCMC had done was pretty revolutionary. The library used Web 2.0 tools to create a self-paced learning program open to all staff to teach new technologies and tools their patrons were busily using to create content on the web. Helene Blowers of PLCMC took the article "Things You (or I) Might Want To Do This Year" by SirsiDynix's Stephen Abram and distilled it down to 23 things that she wanted her staff to understand through hands-on experience. Librarian Bobbi Newman and the author adopted her idea and ran with it. They expanded the program to include 29 things, tweaking the order of Blowers's original items, and adding some new ones to serve their staff better. They then launched their Library Learning 2.0 program. Some additions were inspired by what they had seen their patrons using in their library's Public Computer Center (PCC). Their program included MySpace and social networking as well as new search engines, some of which employ tagging and other Web 2.0 concepts to improve the results they return. They also included a tour of the Google Labs site as well as a separate post at the end of the program that asked the staff what else they would like to learn now that they were conversant with the Web 2.0 technologies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri; North Carolina