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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 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 4 – RSS

This lesson in Vermont’s 23 Things 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 other 23 Things programs, 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!

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 Winter 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

Library 2.0

Library 2.0

If you’re beginning Lesson 2, this week’s adventure is Blogging. Set up your blog and send me (mara.siegel@mail.dol.state.vt.us) the link to have it added to the growing list on the Participant Blogs page.

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 (mara.siegel@mail.dol.state.vt.us) and I will add 10 technology hours to your continuing education record.

If you’re a school librarian, e-mail me (mara.siegel@mail.dol.state.vt.us) 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 (mara.siegel@mail.dol.state.vt.us) 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: mara.siegel@mail.dol.state.vt.us phone: 828-3261 or your regional consultant.

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