Category Archives: Vermont’s 23 Things

Lesson 10: Track Your Library

Do you want to see what people are saying online about your library? In this lesson you will investigate some tools that will help you monitor the web. You will also get to look at any site/tool from the list of Web 2.0 Awards or 2009 Webware 100 winners and write about it.

For this lesson:
19. Track Your Library

20. Explore any site from Web 2.0 awards lists, play with it and write a blog post about your findings.

Lesson 7 – Play

Hello all you followers of Vermont’s 23 Things!

I hope you are feeling refreshed after the Catch-up.

Did you enjoy playing with photos and images in Lesson 3? Then you’ll enjoy this lesson’s exploration of more image-related tools with Thing 12: Play around with an online image generator.

Do you love books? Thing 12: Take a look at LibraryThing and catalog some of your books.

For those of you who have just stumbled on this program: it’s still not too late to participate. Spend some time with the first few things, create a blog to record your Vermont’s 23 Things thoughts and adventures, and send me ( the link to have it added to the still growing list on the Participant Blogs page.

Lesson 5 – Social Networks

Lesson 5 of Vermont’s 23 Things is all about exploring social networks, including Facebook and MySpace. Thing 10 has you setting up a Facebook or MySpace account. For those of you who would prefer not to, there is an alternate exercise.

Enjoy the lesson!

Lesson 5: Social Networks
9. Explore Social Networks
10. Set up a Facebook or MySpace page

Lesson 2 – Blogging

Hey everyone!

It’s time for Lesson 2 of Vermont’s 23 Things. For this lesson you will enter the world of Blogging. You’ll get to create a blog to record your thoughts and experiences as you explore the Things. After you set up your blog, send me ( the address to have it added to the list on the Participant Blogs page.

Lesson 2: Blogging (December 7-December 20)
3. Set up your own blog & add your first post, & register your blog.
4. Create a blog post about anything technology related that interests you this week.

2009 Welcome

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. Since people are flocking to these Web 2.0 sites in ever-increasing numbers, it is important that those of us who work in libraries 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 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. Ready to start? Click on THE 23 THINGS at the top of this page.
2. Upon completion you will receive 10 credits towards the technology requirement for CE certification.
3. 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.
5. Consider finding a buddy to share the fun and keep you motivated.
6. Your regional consultant is also available for help: Amy Howlett: The Good Ship Beagle, Michael Roche: Northeast Regional Library, Jeremiah Kellogg: Vtmidstatelibrary’s Weblog, and Rob Geiszler,
7. Have fun!

If you’ve already started and are a little stalled, how about using this as motivation to conquer the next Thing?

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

Credit for Vermont’s 23 Things

For all who would like credit for Vermont’s 23 Things but don’t quite know how to proceed, here’s what you might like to know:

After completing ALL of the things:

If you’re a public librarian, e-mail me ( and I will add 10 technology hours to your continuing education record.

If you’re a school librarian, e-mail me ( and I will send you a certificate similar to those you pick up at Materials Review sessions. There will be a place on the certificate for you to fill in the number of hours you’ve spent on the program.

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.