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What comes after “23 Things” ?

I’ve just discovered this blog Learning 2.1: Explore … Discover … Play by Matt Gullett, Emerging Technology Coordinator for the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC). Starting at “thing #24” Matt guides interested participants to a bunch of other technologies that we can all use to continue our Learning 2.0 experience.


August 22, 2008 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

Web 2.0 Tutorials

As anyone who reads this blog regularly will have guessed I am a great fan of using Web 2.0, particularly its potential for making libraries more “with it”. This list of 100 Free Library 2.0 Webinars and Tutorials from the College@Home blog will help anyone who wants to find out more or give instructors ideas for spreading the word amongst unbelievers. I’m sure that library staff have already been converted but part of my mission is to get others to understand. Any library that hasn’t yet run a variation of the 23 Learning 2.0 Things programme should consider implementing it as soon as they are able.

June 24, 2008 at 1:31 am Leave a comment

Web 2.0 distractions

I was asked to do my standard presentation on Wikis and Blogs yesterday but “to make it fun”. Well, these workshops are always fun but I thought that I could provide a new slant on this one by running through a few Web 2.0 applications and letting participants make whatever use of them they could.

I gave everyone the following handout and we worked together through each of the activities, referring along the way to what other people (myself included) had done with the tools available.

What are we doing here?


Create a Google account


Create an iGoogle page


Add elements to your iGoogle page


Create a Blogger account
Write about what you hope to achieve today


Create an avatar — a representation of yourself. Go to ; design an avatar with a funky background. (You will have to set up an account if you don’t use Yahoo!) Save your avatar and export to your blog.


Create a reader and add some RSS feeds


Create an account, find some friends and send them a message.





Picasa – organise your pictures

Participants were fully absorbed throughout and I had to get stroppy to get them to stand up after a couple of hours to help themselves to coffee and biscuits.

These are only some of the activities that we do in the 23 Things programme. I’m still thinking of rolling it out to the whole college but also struggling against lack of support for such “distractions”.

April 24, 2008 at 12:23 am Leave a comment

Web2.0 in a nutshell

eLearn Magazine has this feature article Ten Web 2.0 Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes to Be a More Successful E-learning Professional. It could be valuable for all “23 Thingers” or anyone interested in learning about or maintaining their Web2.0 skills.

March 26, 2008 at 11:34 pm Leave a comment

Social networking in the library

Jessamyn West on has a thoughtful discussion about why libraries should be socially networking. She mentions popular tools such as flickr, facebook and twitter, with helpful links to the ways in which some libraries are using them and recommends that all libraries should be offering 23 Things to help their staff get up to speed with the technology.

March 19, 2008 at 11:20 pm Leave a comment

Librarians in the 21st Century

I attended another session in the intermediate course on Virtual Librarianship in Second Life yesterday. It was not as stimulating as the previous three sessions, probably because it related to working with teens and I have have been turned off that age group by my experiences as a high school teacher. However, one thing that did come out of it was a reference to an article about Librarians in the 21st which the writer, Joyce Kasman Valenza, claims that … librarians cannot expect to assume a leadership role in information technology and instruction, and we cannot claim any credibility with students, faculty, or administrators, if we do not recognize and thoughtfully exploit the paradigm shift of the past two years.
This is particularly relevant in light of my current efforts to run 23 Things at my library and my struggle to achieve acceptance of the role that Second Life or any other virtual world may play in the learning/teaching environment. I am empowered by the comment:
You do not take “no” for an answer when a network administrator or technology director refuses to support a pedagogically sound activity. You seek a way to get to “yes” if learners will benefit.
In yesterdays SL session I mentioned that I was trying to introduce my colleagues to new technology in spite of my director’s reservations – and virtually behind her back, and received a resounding cheer from my classmates.
I wonder if the 23 Things participants realise just how much effort goes into running this exercise and how disappointing it is for me when they “cannot find the time” to complete each “Thing” as it is posted.

October 9, 2007 at 11:11 pm Leave a comment

Engineering Librarians Lunch

It is some time since I last attended an Engineering Librarians Group meeting so when Susanna sent me an invitation recently I jumped at the chance. I was able to combine work and pleasure as not only did I meet up with old friends but also Tamara from Nature Publishing Group was there to tell us about her company’s new and enhanced online products – as well as paper based.

Coincidentally, on my return to my office I was working on a wiki for 23 Things @ Central when I came across this post:
Though is great, and I use it all the time, if the student happens to be science-oriented,(Connotea is a fantastic tool that was created by the Nature Publishing Group (publishers of Nature, etc.) specifically as a social bookmarking tool for scientists. And, unlike, it is set up to automatically retrieve bibliographic information from several recognized sites (PubMed, etc.).

Thanks for lunch Tamara. And without your presence I would probably never have become aware of this tool.

October 5, 2007 at 6:39 am Leave a comment

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