CityLibrariesLearning – discover*play*connect
Welcome to the Learning 2.0 program of CityLibraries Townsville. Our program will run from May to September 2009, and is open to all staff of CityLibraries Townsville. Other people are free to follow along as well and learn about Web 2.0 tools, however you won’t be eligible for the prizes.
Prizes? Someone said prizes?!! That’s right, all CityLibraries Townsville staff who complete the program by 1st October 2009 will receive an incentive prize and go into the running for the main prizes.
(Models and specifications will vary from photos shown)
The Grand Prize – a notebook computer (ultra-light and portable)
Second Prize – a digital camera
Reward for completing the program will be one of the following:
1) Mini digital photo-frame
2) Portable MP3 player
3) Quality headphones/earbuds
What is Learning 2.0?
In 2006, Helene Blowers launched the original program at the Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County. Her aim was to “encourage staff to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the context of information on the Internet today.” Learning 2.0 is based on exploring a series of “things” – emerging tools like blogs, wikis, Flickr etc.
Helene Blowers released the program to the world so that other libraries could take part and run their own program. The program has been duplicated by libraries around the world and recently Helene estimated that the number of library sites that have undertaken a Learning 2.0 program is “over 700 and more then likely hovers somewhere just under 1000 organizations worldwide“.
What will we be learning?
Together, we will discover:
Web 2.0 and Library 2.0
Online Images – Flickr
IM, SMS, Web mail, web conferencing
Wikkis, Google Docs
Social networking (Facebook, MySpace, Ning)
Mobile Web and Cloud Computing
How will we learn?
The program is all about self-directed learning and exploration. You are in charge of your learning – you decide when you work on the program and how much time you spend on each discovery. You can take as little as half an hour or as much time as you want. All library staff have permission to spend 10 to 15 minutes a day at work to discover, play and connect with these online tools, and you are of course able to work on them in your own time, if something really gets you interested! Casual staff – you have permission to use work PCs and internet access outside of your paid shifts to complete the program.
Everyone is encourage to help each other – often we learn best if someone we know, trust, and work with each day is the one helping us.
The tools we will be using to learn are all online and free – like this blog. Keep an eye on this website for the first few days of the program for instructions on how the program will run. In fact, you will document your participation by setting up and maintaining a blog like this one.
But why learn this stuff?
This program is a wonderful opportunity to spend time developing professionally and personally. You will learn about the latest trends and technology and find ways of using that technology in your working and personal life. We also need to know what our library users (and kids and grandkids) are using and talking about. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to play and have fun!
If you need a hand, some encouragement, or want to give some feedback about the program, there is a dedicated team of learning champions ready and willing to help! Have a chat to Caitlin Paige, Dawn Bopf, James Milton, Jenny Green, Lorraine Newey, Neal Thorley, Robin Lee or Warren Cheetham if you need a hand. You can also leave questions in the comments section at the bottom of this page, or any other page on this blog.