Friday, December 5, 2008

Welcome to Learning 2.0

Welcome to Web 2.0 or 13 Things to explore and learn about Web 2.0 tools!

You have found the Dykes Library Web 2.0 blog. Chances are that if you made your way here you are either:

  • A member of Dykes Library staff who is interested in participating in the Web 2.0 Project
  • Interested in learning about some of the new Web 2.0 tools and applications (such as blogs, wikis, Flickr, and del.icio.us) that you’ve heard so much about
  • Are interested in actually playing around with some of those cool Web 2.0 tools and figuring out how to use them in your daily work and leisure activities.

No matter why, we’re glad you’re here.

Learning 2.0 is an online learning program that encourages staff and others to learn more about emerging technologies on the Web that are changing the way people, society and libraries access information and communicate with each other.

Over the course of the next 10 weeks this blog will highlight “13 Things” and discovery lessons to help staff become familiar with blogging, RSS news feeds, tagging, wikis, podcasting, online applications, and video and image hosting sites.

To familiarize yourself with this project, please be sure to read the “About Learning 2.0” page. The FAQs should answer many of your questions. If not, please add your questions to the FAQ page as a comment.

Get ready to log on, explore, and have fun! (Yes, you are allowed to have fun working in a library.)

1. Lifelong Learning and Learning 2.0

Learning to Fly, photograph by Joe Taruga, c2005, http://www.flickr.com/photos/joe_taruga/12913735/Among libraries, lifelong learning is one of those core values we shelve our books by. So it makes sense that before we embark on this new online learning and discovery journey that we should take a few minutes to review a few habits that can assist in creating lifelong learners. 7-1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners — This screencast from Lori Reed, Training Specialist at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, will help get you into the mindset of a lifelong learner. (You do not need to create a learning contract.)

Resources:
Exercise:
  • Make sure you have headphones or speakers attached to your computer
  • Open the 7-1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners and view the online tutorial
  • As you watch and listen, write down which habit among the 7 and 1/2 is the easiest for you and which is the hardest. You will use your personal blog (which you will set up in Thing #3) to post your thoughts about lifelong learning.

  • Do you think that the habits described in the tutorial will help you as you move through our "13 Things" self discovery class? Post a comment on this blog. (Note: the comments are moderated, so might not appear right away).

2. Blogging is as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Now that you’ve done some exploring around this blog and understand how this program will work, it’s time to set up your very own personal blog in which to begin recording your thoughts, discoveries and exercises.

Some things to keep in mind:

  1. Your blog should be work friendly. For the duration of this project there will be work related content on it and your coworkers may read it. After the tutorial is over, it doesn’t have to be about work, but readers should be comfortable reading it at work.
  2. Your blog posts should be at least 100-150 words each week - we’d like to have a conversation and the more you post, the better the conversation will be.
  3. Please use your real name to identify yourself in the blog.

For this project we recommend that you use Blogger, a popular free online blog hosting service that is extremely easy to use. Blogger is owned by Google, so you can use your Google account (or create a Google account).

Creating a blog using Blogger takes just three steps:

  1. Create an account
  2. Name your blog
  3. Select your template.

Ready? Go to it.

* Use of Blogger is only a recommendation. If there is another blog hosting site that you are more comfortable with, please feel free to use it.

Resources

If you run into problems or would like more information about blogs and using Blogger here are some discovery resources you can use:

Exercise:

1. Go to http://www.blogger.com/

Blogger home page

2. Click on “Create Your Blog Now”

3. Sign in if you already have a Google account. Otherwise, fill in your email address, password, display name (the name used to sign your blog posts), word verification, and the acceptance of terms box.

Creating your Blogger account

4. Click on “Continue.”

5. Name your blog and choose an address

  • The name is the title that displays at the top. For example, Estelle’s Thoughts or Estelle’s Rules for Librarianship
  • Your address is the URL people will type into go to go your blog, they do not have to match. For example your address could be estelle123.blogspot.com
  • It may be hard to find an address that’s available, you may have to try several and use the “Check Availability” link
  • Be sure to also write down your password and blog address

Naming your Blogger blog

6. Click on “Continue.”

7. Select your template.

Selecting your Blogger template

8. You’re ready to start blogging!

9. Create your first post. Post your thoughts about lifelong learning (Thing #1).

Once you’ve created your blog here are 3 important things to know:

  • To add posts: The maintenance interface that you will use to add posts, edit or change the step-up your blog is accessed online at http://www.blogger.com/
  • Use your email address and password to sign in
  • To view your blog: Your blog address is http://(xxxx).blogspot.com, (xxxx)=the unique identifier you entered in Step 5 above.

3. Post a comment on the Learning 2.0 Blog and on one of your colleague’s blogs

Now that you’ve set up your blog, we want to know about it!

Exercise:
  • Post a comment on the RML Learning 2.0 Blog (this blog!) with the URL for your blog.
  • Visit one of your colleagues’ blogs and submit a comment to their post.
Optional Exercise:
  • Customize your blog. Take a look around Blogger

Customizing your Blogger blog

Click on the “Customize” tab in the top right corner of the screen.

You can customize your settings:

Customize your Blogger blog settings

You can customize your Template (or even change your template):

Customize your Blogger blog template

4. Learn about tagging and discover del.icio.us (a social bookmarking site)

Tagging is an open and informal method of categorizing that allows users to associate keywords with online content (web pages, pictures & posts). A tag is just a keyword or term, and tagging is the process of assigning or associating them to something. Unlike library subject cataloging, which follows a strict set of guidelines (i.e., MeSH or Library of Congress Subject Headings), tagging is non-hierarchical, unstructured and freeform, allowing users to create connections between data anyway they want.


Thomas Vander Wal is credited with coining the term “folksonomy” in 2004. He has described it as “tagging that works.” According to Vander Wal, folksonomy is “the result of personal free tagging of information and objects (anything with a URL) for one’s own retrieval. The tagging is done in a social environment (shared and open to others). The act of tagging is done by the person consuming the information. The value in this external tagging is derived from people using their own vocabulary and adding explicit meaning, which may come from inferred understanding of the information/object as well. The people are not so much categorizing as providing a means to connect items and to provide their meaning in their own understanding.”


A Tag Cloud in del.icio.us:

Tag cloud


This week we are going to concentrate on a popular social bookmarking site called del.icio.us.

del.icio.us is a social bookmarking manager which allows you to bookmark a web page and add tags to categorize your bookmarks. Becker Library, at Washington University in St. Louis, uses del.icio.us to manage some of their subject resource guides, such as the Bioinformatics Guides:


Many users find that the real power of del.icio.us is in its social network aspect, which allows you to see how other users have tagged similar links and also discover other web sites that may be of interest to you. You can think of it as peering into another user’s filing cabinet, but with this powerful bookmarking tool each user’s filing cabinet helps to build an expansive knowledge network.

For example, a neuroscientist, a cognitive psychologist and a linguist may all share an interest in speech acquisition, but because they are in different disciplines they may explore different resources. However, if they all participated in social bookmarking and tagged sites with the term “speech acquisition” they could discover cross-disciplinary resources.

For this week’s exercise, you are asked to take a look at del.icio.us and learn about this popular bookmarking tool. If you are completely new to social bookmarking, I recommend first watching the three minute video called “Social Bookmarking in Plain English”. From there, the 8 minute video by the Otter Group is a good resource about del.icio.us, and the Help section in del.icio.us is very good too.

I have included a bibliography in the resources below, for those of you who would like to do some further reading about social bookmarking.

Start with these learning resources:
Exercise:
  • View this 9 minute del.icio.us tutorial (produced by the Otter Group) to get a good overview of its features.

  • Or, view this 8 minute video “Inside//Out: del.icio.us” video (from Matt Dickman, Techno/Marketer)

  • Take a look at the University of Kansas Medical Center Dykes Library bookmarks on del.icio.us. Explore the site, change your view from Cloud to List (use the “tag options” on the right side of the page). What visual clue does del.icio.us use to indicate which tags are used most or what resources are bookmarked by the most users?

  • Create a blog post about your exploration of del.icio.us and your thoughts about this application. Can you see its potential for sharing resources? Or, do you think it’s more useful for an individual’s personal use? Can you think of ways that Becker Library could use del.icio.us or other social bookmarking applications to provide service to our patrons?

Optional Exercise:
  • Create a del.icio.us account for yourself and discover how this bookmarking tool can replace your traditional browser bookmark or favorites list. An online account will provide access to your resources from any computer connected to the Internet.

  • Add the del.icio.us button to your browser’s toolbar. Instructions are available for Internet Explorer and Firefox.

  • After you create an account in del.icio.us, use the for:username tag to share a bookmark with me (Rebecca Brown). When you are assigning tags to a site that you are bookmarking, use the tag for:rbrown3. I will receive that site in my del.icio.us Inbox.

  • Other social bookmarking sites to explore: http://www.linkedin.com/ and http://ma.gnolia.com/

  • Visit SlideShare, the world's largest community for sharing presentations. Users Tag presentations.

5. Learn about RSS feeds and set up your own Google Reader account

You’ve heard of RSS. You’ve seen those small orange icons on web sites. You’ve heard co-workers and acquaintances swear by it, but still have no idea what RSS is. Well, you’re not alone. In the information world, RSS is not only revolutionizing the way news and content creators share information, but it is swiftly changing the way everyday users are consuming information.

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” and is a format (XML) for sharing headlines and other Web content. It allows users to browse headlines with a reader or aggregator, without having to visit every web site looking for new content. The RSS reader or aggregator checks RSS enabled Web pages, to which you have subscribed, and then displays any new or updated content that it finds in your reader.

Readers come in four basic forms: 1) built into a Web browser (Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer) 2) built into an email program (Microsoft Outlook and Thunderbird) 3) as a standalone program that you download (SharpReader or RSSOwl). Reader type number 4 is my preferred kind of reader: a web-based RSS reader, such as My Yahoo or Bloglines and Google Reader that require no software installation and make the user’s RSS feeds available on any computer with Web access.

Bloglines logo



My Yahoo logo





Just think about the web sites and news information sources you visit every day. It takes time to visit those sites and scour the ad-filled and image-heavy pages for just the text you want to read, doesn’t it? Now imagine if you could visit all those information sources and web pages in just one place and all at the same time - without being bombarded with advertising -without having to search for new information on the page you’d already seen or read before - and without having to use a lot of time visiting each site individually. Would that be valuable to you? Well, it’s available now through RSS.

The exercises this week focus on learning about RSS feeds and setting up a Google Reader account for yourself. There are also some optional exercises that explore adding an RSS feed to a web page.

Since you setup an account with Blogger for this class, you now have an account with Google by default because Google owns Blogger. All you have to do is go to Google's home page, log in with your Blogger username and password, and then choose Reader from your account tool bar.

Resources:

Exercises:
  • Start by viewing the video called RSS in Plain English
  • Use the Resources above to learn more about RSS and newsreaders
  • Create a free online Google Reader account for yourself and subscribe to at least 3 newsfeeds. See a list below of some health science feeds.
  • See Google Reader Help for step-by-step instructions on how to subscribe to a feed.
  • Take a tour of Google Reader
  • Create a post in your blog about this exercise

Try some of these health science related feeds:

MedWorm: Medicine RSS
Ebling Library, University of Wisconsin
MedlinePlus - What's New!
David Rothman’s Blog
National Library of Medicine RSS Feeds

Optional Exercises:

  • TRY GRAZR
    Click here for an example of combining several feeds from several publishers in one display and then placed on a web page using an online tool at http://www.grazr.com/

  • TRY FEED2JS
    Click here for an example of one feed from my Delicious account (feed buttons are at the bottom of every page in Delicious), formatted using http://www.feed2js.org/ and placed on a web page. The final result creates a mashup of two Web 2.0 tools: Social Bookmarking and RSS.

Don’t know what to blog about? Consider these questions:

  • What do you like about RSS and newsreaders?

  • How do you think you might be able to use this technology in your work or personal life?
  • How can libraries use RSS or take advantage of this new technology?

6. Explore Flickr and learn about this popular image hosting site

Photo sharing websites have been around since the 90s, but it took a site called Flickr to catapult the idea of “sharing” into a full blown online community. Within the past year, Flickr has become the fastest growing photo sharing site on the web and is known as one of the first web sites to use keyword “tags” to create associations and connections between photos and users of the site. Developed by Ludicorp, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based company, Flickr was launched in February 2004. In March 2005 Yahoo! Inc. acquired Ludicorp and Flickr.

For this discovery exercise, you are asked to take a look at Flickr and discover what this site has to offer. Find out how tags work, what groups are, and all the neat things that people and other libraries are using Flickr for.

Resources:
Exercise:
  • Visit Flickr and explore. Browse using some of the Explore options. Choose an interesting image that you want to blog about. Be sure to include either a link to the image (or if you create a Flickr account, you can use Flickr’s blogging tool to add the image in your post.).

Explore Flickr

Optional Exercise:
  • Create a Free account in Flickr and upload a few pictures. Tag at least one of the images and mark it public. Then create a post in your blog about your photo and experience. Be sure to include the image in your post. Once you have a Flickr account, you have two options for uploading images – through Flickr’s blogging tool or using Blogger’s photo upload feature.
  • Explore some of the other image sharing sites:

P.S.: A quick word about photo posting etiquette - When posting identifiable photos of other people (especially minors) it is advisable to get the person’s permission before posting their photo in a publicly accessible place like Flickr. Never upload pictures that weren’t taken by you (unless you have the photographer’s consent) and always give credit when you include photos taken by someone else in your blog.


7. Learn about wikis

Wikipedia, the largest collaborative wiki, has over 2.1 million articles in EnglishWe’ve looked at blogging as a way of quickly and easily publishing content to the web and we have also explored RSS feeds as means of syndicating such content. While blogs can be undertaken as collaborative enterprises, the Web 2.0 technology we turn to next is particularly suited to online collaborative authoring - Wikis. This week we will take a look at what wikis are, how they are used, and what features are common to most. So, what’s a Wiki?

A wiki is a type of website that allows users to easily add, remove, and otherwise collaboratively edit and change content that can be quickly published to the web. This ease of interaction and use makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative authoring. Most likely you have already taken a look at the most famous public wiki, Wikipedia, but if you haven't, take a look; try looking up a subject you know something about to see if it appears complete and accurate.

You do not need to know HTML to edit a wiki (although many allow for the use of HTML editing in addition to Wikitext or Wiki Markup) and all you need to edit a wiki is an internet connection and a web browser. Wikitext, a form of markup which is simpler than HTML, may also vary to a degree from one wiki to another, here’s a sample of Wikitext used in MediaWiki. There are numerous kinds of “wiki software” or “wiki engines,” these can vary widely in look and functionality. Features common to most wiki software include: recent activity display, discussion or comment features, and varying degrees of access/edit permissions for users, WYSIWYG editing and edit history.

Wiki software can be downloaded and installed on a private network or hosted online. Hosted wikis allow users to quickly sign-up and establish their own wiki with no software downloads either for free or for a nominal change (free wikis are supported by revenue from advertising).

When to use a wiki

Wikis are used for:

  • Group collaboration
  • Building a knowledge base: capturing the collective intelligence
Wikis can be used for any project that is worked on by more than one person. Examples of a wiki for "internal projects" include grant applications, committee work, conference planning, policies and procedures. "External projects," viewable to the public, might include textbooks, community information, or bibliographies.
Wikis in the library

There are numerous examples of the ways in which wikis have been used in libraries - as resource guides, to foster collaborative writing projects, for reference desk support, and to share library policies. Here are some examples of wikis in libraries and health care:

What’s the difference? Choosing the right wiki

TikiWiki, WetPaint, Stikipad, PHPWiki, SeedWiki, PBWiki, Wikispaces, MoinMoin, Netcipia… with all these different wikis to choose from you might have a difficult time deciding which wiki is best suited to your project. A tool you might find useful for comparing the features of various wikis is Wikimatrix. The Wikimatrix web site has several useful features for comparing any number of more than 80 wiki engines listed. So what are some of the features common to Wikis and what are some differences?

  • Wikis allow you to assign different access permissions to different users. The site creator (Administrator) can assign other Administrators or Moderators to the Wiki. Wikis typically have several levels of contributors with varying degrees of access, such as Admin, Mod, Writer, Registered User, and Guest.
  • Many wikis allow users to subscribe to them either via email or RSS feeds. Some allow users to subscribe to specific pages and keep apprised of recent edits.
  • Personalization of user accounts can be quite different from wiki to wiki; some allow for the creation of detail user profiles, private messaging, and commenting upon individual profiles.
  • Many wikis are tiered with both free accounts and ‘premium memberships’ that often have added features such as a higher page limits or greater storage capacity.
  • Pages edit history & revert. Wikis allow users to view the history of specific pages, and mark up recent changes. Many have more advanced edit comparison features that may allow users to compare the changes to an entry over the course of months. Wikis also typically have a revert feature that allows those with sufficient access permissions to rollback a page to an earlier edit.
  • WYSIWYG. Not only do most wikis allow users to use Wikitext instead of HTML, but some wikis also have “What You See Is What You Get” editors that make it even easier for anyone to contribute.
Resources:
Exercise:
  • Take a look at some library wikis and create a blog post about your findings. Post a comment here with a link to your blog post so others will be able to easily find it.
    • What did you find interesting? What uses could you see for a wiki in your own professional setting? What do you see as some of the possible pitfalls of wikis?

8. Create your own wiki

Now that you've learned about wikis and visited some examples, you will create your own wiki. You may use any wiki software you like, but we have created instructions for WetPaint. Download the step-by-step instructions in your preferred format:

Blog about your experience creating a wiki. Did you find it difficult? How did you like the user interface? Would you use this in your work?

9. Look at some online productivity (word processing, spreadsheet, calendars) tools

The availability and use of web-based applications for productivity like word processing, spreadsheets and calendars has exploded over the past two years. These powerful applications provide users with the ability to create and share documents over the internet without the need of installed desktop applications.

Web-based applications

One large benefit to web-based applications it that they eliminate the need to worry about different software versions or file types as you email documents or move from PC to PC. Another bonus is that they easily accommodate collaboration by allowing multiple users to edit the same file (with versioning) and provide users the ability to easily save and convert documents as multiple file types (including HTML and PDF). And, you can even use many of these tools, such as Zoho Writer and Google Docs to author and publish posts to your blog. It’s this type of integration with other web 2.0 tools that also makes web-based apps so appealing.

Take some time this week exploring some of these web-based applications and blog about what you discover.

Resources:
  • Google Docs & Spreadsheets – a neat online alternative to MS Office and other productivity software applications. Google Docs and Spreadsheets include a word processor and a lightweight spreadsheet application that allows you to create and edit Word and Excel files online.
  • Zoho – a full-featured suite of applications for creating word files, spreadsheets, presentations, wikis, calendars, databases, and more.
  • ThinkFree – another online productivity suite, ThinkFree has tools to create word files, spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Basecamp – a web-based project management application that allows you to manage everything from to-do lists to workflows to project milestones.
  • Snipshot – a really simple online image editor that allows you to resize, enhance, crop and rotate images online.
  • 30 Boxes – online calendar
Exercise:
  • Take a look at the list of web-based applications above and take a look at 2 or 3 of them. Play around and compare features.
  • Post to you blog about your impressions of the applications. Did you like or dislike them? Should we explore using them in our daily work? What about security and privacy concerns?
Other Resources:


10. Discover YouTube and other sites that allow users to upload and share videos

Within the past 2 years online video hosting sites have exploded, allowing users to easily to upload and share videos on the web. Among all the Web 2.0 players in this area, YouTube is currently the most popular, allowing users not only to upload their own video content easily, but also embed clips into their own sites easily. The speed at which YouTube has flourished is amazing: founded in February of 2005, YouTube first previewed to the public in May 2005 and was officially launched in December 2005. YouTube was purchased by Google in November 2006.

Do some searching around YouTube and see what the site has to offer. You’ll find everything from 1970s TV commercials and 60s music videos to library dominos. Of course, like any free site you’ll also find a lot of stuff not worth watching too. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore and see for yourself what the site has to offer.

We suggest the following video as an appetizer:



Gorilla Librarian



Resources:
Exercises:
  • Explore YouTube and select one or two videos.
  • Create a blog post about your experience. Post a link to the videos you chose. What did you like or dislike about the YouTube site and why did you choose the video that you did? Can you see any features or components of the site that might be interesting if they were applied to library websites?

Optional Exercise:
  • Try placing the video inside your blog. You should see some HTML code below and/or to the right of the video labeled “Embed.” Copy and paste the code in your blog. Remember: you’ll need to use Blogger’s Edit HTML tab when pasting the HTML code.
  • There’s a YouTube video embedded in the Bernard Becker Medical Library site in the Scholarly Communications Portal. Can you think of other places in your own library web site where videos could/should be embedded?

Other links of interest:

11. Discover podcasting

The word podcast is used to refer to a non-musical audio or video broadcast that is distributed over the Internet. What differentiates a podcast from regular streaming audio or video is that the delivery method for podcasts is often done automatically through RSS.

Podcasts take many forms, from short 1-10 minute commentaries to much longer in-person interviews or panel group discussions. There’s a podcast out there for just about every interest area.

We have found that there are a number of misconceptions about podcasts. Here are five things you need to know about podcasting:

  1. You do NOT need an iPod (or any kind of device beyond a computer) to listen to or view podcasts. Since podcasts use the MP3 file format, a popular compressed format for audio files, you really just need a PC (or portal device) with headphones or a speaker.
  2. Podcasts can be audio, video, or "enhanced" podcasts with bookmarked slide shows.
  3. Software to listen to or view podcasts is FREE on both PC and Macintosh.
  4. A lot of interesting podcast content is FREE.
  5. Podcast files are downloaded, not streamed. So you don't need a lot of bandwidth -- just time to do the download.

iTunes, the free downloadable application created by Apple is the directory finding service most associated with podcasts, but if you don’t have iTunes installed there are still plenty of options.

For this discovery exercise participants are asked to take a look at some popular podcast directory tools. Do some exploring on your own and locate a podcast that is of interest to you. Once found, you can easily pull the RSS feed into your Google Reader account, so that when new casts become available you’ll be automatically notified of their existence.

Visit the NN/LM MCR podcast page; you can listen to podcasts about community health.

Resources:

There are many, many podcast directories and finding tools out there:

What? You want to learn how to be a podcaster too? Here are some resources:

Exercise:
  • Take a look at one or two of the podcast directories listed above and see if you can find a podcast that interests you. See if you can find some interesting library-related podcasts like book reviews or library news.
  • Add the RSS feed for a podcast to your Google Reader account
  • Create a blog post about your discovery process. Did you find anything useful here?

12. Read perspectives on Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and the future

Library 2.0

So, what exactly is Library 2.0?

Library 2.0 is a term used to describe a new set of concepts for developing and delivering library services. The name, as you may guess, is an extension of Web2.0 and shares many of its same philosophies and concepts, including harnessing the user in both design and implementation of services, embracing constant change as a development cycle over the traditional notion of upgrades, and reworking library services to meet the users in their space, as opposed to ours (libraries).

Many have argued that the notion of Library 2.0 is more than just a term used to describe concepts that merely revolve around the use of technology; it also a term that can be used to describe both physical and mindset changes that are occurring within libraries to make our spaces and services more user-centric and inviting. Others within the profession have asserted that libraries have always been 2.0: collaborative, customer friendly and welcoming. But no matter which side of the debate proponents fall, both sides agree that libraries of tomorrow, even five or ten years from now, will look substantially different from libraries today.

There are a number of resources to explore that delve into Library 2.0. You can start with the resources below.

Resources:
Exercise:
  • Read two or three of the perspectives on Library 2.0 from the resource list above.
  • Create a blog post about your thoughts on Library 2.0 - It is many things to many people. What does it mean to you? What do you think it means for your library?

13. Summarize your thoughts about this program on your blog

Congratulations for completing Learning 2.0! For this final week we ask only one last thing of you: summarize your thoughts and reactions to what you’ve learned and tell us what else you might like to learn about.

Here are just a few examples of the sort of thing we’d like to know:

  • What were your favorite technologies, tools or activities?
  • Has Learning 2.0 helped you get comfortable with emerging technologies? How?
  • Were there any unexpected outcomes from this project that surprised you?
  • How could we improve upon this project’s format?
  • Is there anything you wanted to learn about that we didn’t cover?
  • If the MCR and PSR NN/LM Libraries offered another discovery project like Learning 2.0, would you choose to participate?
For fun, you may wish to view this video about Web 2.0, called "Web 2.0 - The Machine is Us/ing Us":



Thank you for participating in Learning 2.0. We certainly learned a lot while putting the project together. We definitely learned a lot while you participated in the project. We hope that you’ve gained something from this journey of discovery as well.

FAQ

Don’t see your questions answered? Email Rebecca Brown and we'll get back to you.

How does this online learning program work?

This is a self-discovery program which encourages you to take control of your own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and play. You are encouraged to share discoveries, techniques and “how to’s” through your blog.

How long do I have to complete the program?

Ten weeks. The program begins on October 13th 2008 and officially ends on December 19th, 2008.

How do I track my progress for each of the 13 Things?

You will be required to keep a blog to track their progress. You will create a blog post related to each “thing.”

How do I start?

Click on the link to “The 13 Things” on the navigation bar of this blog and start with Week 1, Thing 1. Then just move down the list of 13 Things in order.

Can I work ahead through the list of items on my own?

Yes, of course. You are encouraged to self-direct your discovery process, especially by working ahead on your own.

If I need help who can I call?

Please feel free to post comments to this blog or email Rebecca Brown with your questions.

I want to continue to explore. Where do I start?

The following online journals will help get you started:

How do I post a comment to the Learning 2.0@Dykes Library Blog?

You will need to register on blogger.com to send a comment. Enter your name and email address in the boxes above the comment text box. All comments are moderated before being published (to avoid publishing spam), so your comment won’t appear immediately. You should see a message indicating that your comment is being held for moderation. We’re checking the comments regularly, so you should see it published within a few hours.

About Learning 2.0

What is Learning 2.0

Learning 2.0 is an online learning program that encourages staff and others to learn more about emerging technologies on the Web that are changing the way people, society and libraries access information and communicate with each other.

It is an immersive 10-week program that provides an opportunity to explore Web 2.0 applications and their impact on our society. Participants in Learning 2.0 are encouraged to use this opportunity not only to explore these new tools but also to think about ways these tools impact libraries and library services. Specifically, we urge you to think about if and how your library can use these tools to deliver innovative library services.

But most of all, Learning 2.0 is meant to be fun. This is an ideal opportunity to explore, discover and play!

How does Learning 2.0 work?

For 10 weeks, beginning October 13th, 2008, participants will use the weekly postings in the Learning 2.0 blog to access freely available online tools (such as Blogger, del.icio.us, and Flickr) to complete a number of activities. Each week focuses on specific tools (such as RSS feeds, blogs, and wikis) and includes resources and activities that help you become familiar and comfortable with the tools. You are asked to use your blogs (which you’ll create in Week 2) to discuss your thoughts about and reactions to the tools, as well as your thoughts about how to utilize these tools at your library.

What is the Incentive?

At the end of the 10 weeks, participants who are completed the entire program will receive an nifty incentive prize - a USB MP3 player.

Who’s Eligible?

All staff members of the MCR and PSR NN/LM libraries are eligible to participate. Others may participate, however, only MCR and PSR NN/LM library staff members who registered for the class and were part of the first 30 participants in each region are eligible to receive the incentive prize.

How do I start?

To participate in Learning 2.0 simply email Sharon Dennis. Learning 2.0 begins on October 13th, 2008. The first 30 participants to email will be eligible for the incentive prize.

You may join the program at any time during the 10 weeks. However, if you are eligible for the incentive prize, you must complete the program by December 19th, 2008.

When Does the Project End?

The initial 10-week program ends December 19th, 2008.

Our Thanks

The first Learning 2.0 program was developed by Helene Blowers and the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (North Carolina). The program has been replicated by libraries across the U.S. and the world. We are especially indebted to the Learning 2.0 programs developed by PLCMC, the Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL), McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) and the Bernard Becker Medical Library (Washington University in St. Louis, MO).

Sharing Learning 2.0

The Learning 2.0 project materials are licensed under a Creative Commons license. Other institutions are welcome to share and remix the contents under the following conditions: the content is used for non-commercial purposes; it is attributed to the MCR and PSR NN/LM libraries; and the resulting content is made available under the same or similar license.


The 13 Things

Week 1 (February 2, 2009) — Introduction

Week 2 (February 9, 2009) — Blogs
  • 2. Blogging – as Easy as 1, 2, 3
  • 3. Post a comment on the Learning 2.0 blog and on one of your colleague’s blogs
Week 3 (February 16, 2009) — Tagging and del.icio.us: a social bookmarking site
  • 4. Learn about tagging and discover del.icio.us
Week 4 (February 23, 2009) — RSS & Newsreaders
  • 5. Learn about RSS feeds and set up your own Google Reader account
Week 5 (March 2, 2009) — Photos & Images
  • 6. Explore Flickr and learn about this popular image hosting site
Week 6 (March 9, 2009) — Wikis
  • 7. Learn about wikis and discover some innovative ways that libraries are using them
  • 8. Create your own wiki
Week 7 (March 16, 2009) — Online Applications & Tools
  • 9. Look at some online productivity (word processing, spreadsheet, calendars) tools
Week 8 (March 23, 2009) — Podcasts & Videos
  • 10. Discover YouTube and other sites that allow users to upload and share videos
  • 11. Discover some useful search tools for locating podcasts
Week 9 (March 30, 2009) — Library 2.0
  • 12. Read perspectives on Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and the future
  • 13. Summarize your thoughts about this program on your blog
Week 10 (April 6, 2009) — Wrap-up
  • You have an extra week to finish up.