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Welcome to the Vermont’s 23 Things blog. Vermont’s 23 Things is an online learning program that encourages library staff to learn more about emerging technologies on the web that are changing the way people, society, and libraries access information and communicate with each other.

Over the course of the next ten weeks, this website will highlight 23 Things and exercises to help you become familiar with blogging, RSS news feeds, tagging, wikis, podcasting, online applications, and video and image hosting sites.

To familiarize yourself with this project, be sure to read the About page. The FAQ should answer most of your questions about this program. If not, then please add your question to the FAQ page as a comment.

So fasten your seat belts, grab your mouse, and get ready for a discovery adventure… and remember, it’s OK to play in the library and have fun!


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  1. Amy H. did a wonderful intro at the meeting/miniworkshop on 1/22 in Dover. It was a great opportunity to talk with other Librarians about web sites and blogs. Thank you!

  2. This workshop will be a great addition to our struggles to stay up with our patrons.

    Thank you!

  3. This is a great learning opportunity. I have a friend who is a librarian in suburban Chicago. Her library did “10 things” in a very similar way, so “23 things” should be even better.

  4. Beth Phillips

    I’m psyched to try this!

  5. I am looking forward to learning a great deal. What a fabulous way to learn!

  6. Helen Bicknell

    Thank you for making this opportunity available a second time. I tried to keep up with the work during the school year, but there are just too many things to do. This is great to have the summer to complete this online learning opportunity.

  7. I’m a non-librarian who is taking advantage of this great initiative to hone my own skills as an administrator and look forward to sharing much of what we (one of our school librarians is doing this as well) with our students and staff.

  8. I have been looking forward to starting this to expand on the topics that we explored in Linda Braun’s workshop on Web 2.0. Great opportunities to learn!

  9. Thanks for running this again, Mara. Hopefully the library will be less busy in the summer than it was last winter, when I got woefully behind. I look forward to chatting with you all.

  10. I sometimes feel overwhelmed because I have so much to learn, but this is a fun, relaxed way to catch up with some of it. It is great that this opportunity is open to both public and school librarians. Thank you for offering it again.

  11. Thanks for offering this again! This is such a great way for us to learn about these great tools in a fun , flexible, and supportive way.

  12. Hi Mara-

    Lets see if I can do a better job this summer and finally complete “The 23 Things.”
    Michael Roche

  13. Barbara Marvin

    I’ll join everyone who’s said thanks for offering this opportunity again this summer! It’s a great way to learn more about the ‘tools of our trade’–and make that school-community connection we all value.

  14. Marjorie Shane

    Hi Mara – I’m going to give it a try. It cerainly sounds like it will be fun – and useful.

  15. I’m SO glad you’re all excited about this program! Let’s have fun and learn Things!

  16. What a great idea! I wanted to do the “things” this winter but never got started. Many thanks for the second chance.

  17. I am glad to have the summer to work on this, too. It will be fun!


  18. Hi Mara–can you recommend a good reference for Word Press or Blogger. I have been trying to create some links, but I can’t quite get it.

  19. Hi Jane,

    WordPress has forums (fora?) for many of their templates. It looks like you’re using the template called Contempt. Here’s a link to its support forum: http://wordpress.org/tags/contempt

  20. I am excited about this program so I can re-enter the world of libraries after being away from it for several years. If anyone has any advice or links for a elementary school librarian I’d be glad to hear it. In the meantime, I look forward to learning about “things.”

  21. I’m looking forward to learning more about the newest technology through the 23 things. hopefully I can keep up I’m not excatly tech. savey

  22. Here I go–finally! I needed this push to get off Facebook and on to all the other wonderful Things.

  23. this sounds like fun. just hope in the creation of blogs and wikis that i can remember all these darn passwords!

  24. I can’t wait to wow my teen and twenty something kids – they can barely believe that I e-mail (although unknown to them I’m already addicted to Librarything!)
    I’m basically non-techie but hopeful.

  25. Mara,
    Count me in on this round. Now I’m off to create my blog…..

  26. Yup here we go!

  27. I am ready! Count me in this time….

  28. I learned about this at the Collection Development course in August. I think of myself as somewhat computer savvy but then someone will ask me about blah-blah and I find I’m not as savvy as I thought. So here I go.

  29. OK, Folks! I am on board, I think. I have a blog from last year, and I found it once but can’t seem to get back to it. It is something like, “On the 45th.” Any suggestions?
    I shall try to visit each week. I think I will put a time into my schedule to make sure that I do it. I tended to let other responsibilities take precedence and that’s just not right!

  30. Hi Martha,
    I sent you a message with your blog address. And I added it to the Participant Blogs page.

  31. I’m late, but I’m here! And, now, I better get going!

  32. Mara,

    Here I go again….the little train that can and will.

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  34. Are there still people out there doing VT’s 23 things??? Just started – would love to hear from other ‘current’ students… 1 almost down – 22 to go!

  35. OK winter is approaching and I am tempted to at first when I did not succeed, I will try, try, again. I have kept up with the blog of our library and now to get feed back on superpolly.blogspot.com fastening my seat belt because here I go again…

  36. I am so glad to see Marieke and Beth both beginning this fall …I like to have company and am just starting on this journey…

  37. OK, Here I go!

  38. Yeah! I was losing steam a little, but now that I have compadres in techno land I will steam right ahead!

  39. Hi guys

    can you let me know the names of your blogs so that I can read them and get some inspiration??

  40. OK, Mara– Maybe third time is a charm! Believe it or not, I still know where my file is for the notes I made from the other two times I started. It’s early for New Year’s resolutions, but I really am going to get to all 23 things this time.

  41. I am excited to be part of this!

  42. Happy Turkey Day to all VT’s 23 things participants! Maybe someone can post their menu or dinnertable pictures!

  43. Nice to see there are so many people who have already tried and not finished, so I know I’m not alone. I think I only did the first lesson last time. This time–well, the goal is to finish.

  44. Okay, if I progress beyond this point, I’ll post a picture of Owney, The Mail Pouch Pooch, at our Thanksgiving table – perhaps his only trip to a hunting camp in Vermont, too!

  45. Ok I’m going to try this 23 things thing…

  46. Okay, going to try this. 22 things to go.

  47. Late as usual….but I am in – again!

  48. I am looking forward to learning a lot from Vt. 23 Things!

  49. Can’t wait to get started! This sounds like a lot of fun.

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  52. I guess 23 things is like falling off a bike …. get back on and start again!

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