Lesson 4 – RSS

This Vermont’s 23 Things lesson is all about RSS . The lesson is filled with jargon and tech talk and depending on your preferred learning style, you might like watch the videos, jump in and try out an RSS reader (or two), and read about it afterwards. Looking over past 23 Things blogs, this seems to be one of the harder ‘Things’ to conquer. Some have also said it’s the biggest thrill. Judging from your blogs, you will take on Week 4 with curiosity and perseverance!

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Lesson 3 – Photos & Images

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!

During the first Vermont’s 23 Things session, a participant created a Vermont’s 23 Things group in Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/657142@N21/

So please join, then we can all enjoy each other’s library pictures in one place. Here’s a link to the instructions for after you join:
http://www.flickr.com/help/groups/#57

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 (mara.siegel@mail.dol.state.vt.us) 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, rob.geiszler@mail.dol.state.vt.us
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: mara.siegel@mail.dol.state.vt.us phone: 828-3261.

Welcome Trustees!

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.

Week 11 – Video & podcasts

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.

Week 10: Online Productivity Apps and Web 2.0 Awards

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.