Category Archives: Vermont’s 23 Things – summer session

Lesson 10: Online Productivity Apps and Web 2.0 Awards

Greetings from Big Sky Country! I’m feeling pretty relaxed after spending the evening listening to bluegrass at Norris Hot Springs with my CE colleague from South Carolina. (That and I’ve been up since 4 a.m.) But enough about me.

Welcome to Lesson 10!

So, to take your mind off the beginning of another school year, let’s look at free web-based online productivity applications (word processing, spreadsheets, calendars, presentations, project management, and web conferencing) and the most recent Web 2.0 Awards list.

A (new to me) Common Craft video

By now you all know how much I love the Common Craft videos. What you might not know is that I love ice cream even more. Here’s a video that combines both!

Lesson 9 – Wikis

Welcome to the wonderful world of wikis! This week we’ll be turning our attention to a great web-based tool for multiple-participant projects. Plus we get to see another Common Craft video!

For this week:

17. Learn about wikis and discover some innovative ways that libraries are using them.
18. Create a wiki or add an entry to a Vermont’s 23 Things sandbox wiki.

Lesson 6 – Catch Up

As you might have noticed, Lesson 6 is not really a lesson. It’s Catch-up Time! Take some time and breathe a little. Catch-up, revisit an old 2.0 friend you didn’t have enough time with, discover a new one. Or weed a little in between rain showers, go to Maine, paddle on Lake Champlain, pick blueberries, read a book.

Come back ready for Play Week!

Lesson 5 – Social Networks

Lesson 5 of Vermont’s 23 Things is all about exploring social networks, including Facebook and MySpace. Thing 11 has you setting up a Facebook or MySpace account. For those of you who would prefer not to, there is an alternate exercise. There have also been several questions about creating pseudonymous identities. If that makes you more comfortable, who are we to stand in your way? Enjoy the week!

If you’re on the more relaxed schedule, Lesson 3 of Vermont’s 23 Things is all about photos and images. You’ll explore Flickr and find some tools to spice up your blog, make posters and trading cards, and see what other exciting things you can do with photos! Click here to see the rest of the Lesson 3 post.

Lesson 2 – Blogging

Hey everyone!

It’s Week 2 of Vermont’s 23 Things! If you’re moving on to Lesson 2, this week’s adventure is Blogging. Set up your blog and send me ( the link to have it added to the growing list on the Participant Blogs page.

Welcome to Vermont’s 23 Things Summer Session

Welcome to Vermont’s 23 Things!

Vermont’s 23 Things is a hands-on, learning program that provides an opportunity to explore Web 2.0 tools and the impact these tools are having on libraries & library service. All participants are encouraged to use the program as an opportunity to check out 2.0 technologies and think about ways in which our libraries can use these tools to deliver innovative library services.

Why Do This?
Web 2.0 is a phrase that was coined in 2004. It refers to the fact that the Internet is now an interactive medium rather than a ‘place’ to go to get information. Since people are flocking to these Web 2.0 sites, it is important that those of us who work in libraries should be up-to-date with the latest trends in technology and learn how they can be used in our libraries.

Here’s how it works:
Every week or two weeks, you will have an assignment with 2 or 3 tasks that will introduce you to a new tool. You will be asked to create a blog (which can be anonymous) to document your exploration.

Some other details:
1. Upon completion you will receive 10 credits towards the technology requirement for CE certification.
2. There is no ‘right’ way to do these tasks. The purpose is to learn, play, and share with your colleagues in your library and around the state.
4. Consider having every member of your library participate. Friends, library volunteers, and trustees are invited to take part.
6. Have fun!

Questions about Vermont’s 23 Things? Please contact Mara Siegel. e-mail: phone: 828-3261 or your regional consultant.

Ready to start? Click on THE 23 THINGS at the top of this page.