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, email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 828-3261.
Welcome to Vermont’s 23 Things – The Trustee Edition!
Vermont’s 23 Things – The Trustee Edition 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.
It is with sadness that I post about this last week of Vermont’s 23 Things. On a lighter note, we get to guiltlessly watch videos on YouTube and listen to podcasts.
Week 11: Video & Podcasts
21. Discover YouTube and a few sites that allow users to upload and share videos.
22. Discover some useful search tools for locating podcasts.
23. Summarize your thoughts about this program on your blog.
For those of you who would like continuing education credit for your participation, please e-mail me.
For those of you who aren’t up to Week 11 yet, have no fear, the website isn’t going anywhere and you have plenty of time to finish.
And for all of you, thank you so very much for participating. Your enthusiasm is inspiring.
Welcome to Week 10!
So, to take your mind off the winter wonderland outside, why not sit down with some hot chocolate and have a look at a few new Things? This week the adventure is about 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.
19. Take a look at some online productivity (word processing, spreadsheet) tools.
20. Explore any site from the Web 2.0 awards list, play with it and write a blog post about your findings.
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.
This week we’ll be looking more closely at del.icio.us and Technorati, two Web 2.0 applications that take serious advantage of tagging (we’ve already looked at a few –Flickr, LibraryThing, and blogs all use tags). Tagging allows you to associate keywords with online content – webpages, pictures, posts, etc. It is considered a folksonomy – an unstructured categorization scheme. We’ll also be reading and blogging about a few perspectives on Library 2.0.
Hello all you followers of Vermont’s 23 Things!
I hope you are feeling refreshed after the Catch-up Week.
Did you enjoy playing with photos and images in Week 3? Then you’ll enjoy this week’s exploration of more image-related tools with Thing 12: Play around with an online image generator.
Do you love books? Thing 13: Take a look at LibraryThing and catalog some of your books. Don’t forget to take a look at http://www.librarything.com/wiki.index.php/Help_in_Haiku
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 (email@example.com) the link to have it added to the still growing list on the Participant Blogs page.
The October issue of School Library Journal has an article by the fabulous Helen Blowers, creator of the original 23 Things. Ten Tips About 23 Things: How to make the most of the famed online 2.0 tutorial from the program’s creator
While the tips are helpful for people organizing a 23 Things program, they are also insights into the philosophy of the project.
There’s also a Google map of many of the 23 Things programs worldwide.
My thanks to the participant who let me know about the article.