Class: Taste of 2.0: Meeting Community Needs

Today’s class was an intro to 2.0 topics. We talked a lot about web 2.0 and library 2.0. And then dove into trying out some 2.0 tools and considering how they can be used in libraries. ONe thing I try to weave into all the topics is how interconnected they all are and how we can blend different services together. I always worry that I’m overloading people with too much, too much, too much! So I was relieved when the evaluations showed people were excited about discovering how blogs, wikis, rss, delicious, flickr and so on can be used together in a mix and match sort of way. Even my crazy demo of using my cell phone to call Jott and send a post to my blog got them thinking about ways that Jott might be useful to them.

Throughout the day, people kept coming up with great ways to put these tools and ideas into action:

  • Use LibraryThing to organize & share lists of books that the library’s book club has read. And put a LibraryThing widget on the book club blog. This library was also looking into collaborating with a local coffee shop that was thinking of having book club meetings.
  • Use PLCMC/Helene Blower’s Learning 2.0 and 2.1 programs with part time staff who have trouble keeping up to date due to their limited hours.
  • One person wondered how they might use a blog to promote their silent auction fundraiser. Someone suggested using ebay to do the auctions and doing the promotion in the blog. What creative minds!
  • Another participant was really eager to keep up her learning momentum. She was excited to learn about the PLCMC Learning 2.0/2.1 program and was keen to get started working her way through that.
  • A blog to keep people informed about construction, working pictures of the new building, and give the community the opportunity to be part of the building process.
  • Several were planning to get started on YA blogs and another participant showed us her brand new YA blog and had lots of good ideas for them.
  • Another wanted to start a blog for a genealogy group.

Some notes from the class wikis, blogs and evaluations:

  • “Can’t wait to play some more! I will try del.icio.us for work for sure. At home I will try them all!”
  • “I though I knew flickr and del.icio.us but learned so much more. Excited about using these tools!”
  • “My hope is that by reaching more people in the community, which is fairly small, the library will become a focal institution of the town. I also want to create a place that kids think is fun and interesting. I love being creative and getting people excited, so I can’t wait to go back to work and get started on my ideas!!”

What a fun day it was, with so many interesting ideas proposed and discussed. I’m really looking forward to seeing how everyone uses what they learned today. And for me, the best part? I get to do it all over again tomorrow. Yay!.

2 thoughts on “Class: Taste of 2.0: Meeting Community Needs”

  1. Awesome two days. I am almost overwhelmed. I don’t want to lose the information I just learned so am immediately trying to implement the tools in some way. Thanks!

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