Jen Maney, Virtual Library Manager, at the Pima County Public Library wrote to say that her Emerging Tech team has kicked off a statewide Learning 2.0 program today called Baker’s Dozen: Learning 2.0 Arizona. They are using a wiki for the program - http://bakersdozenarizona.wetpaint.com/ Any library staff member in Arizona (any kind of library, including library school students!) can participate.
I had a wonderful time speaking at Columbus Metropolitan Library, helping to launch Learn & Play @ CML. One very cool thing is that they have outside participants following along as well as staff from all over the system. I was most impressed with the team who put the project together.
Yesterday was a great day at Columbus Metropolitan Library. I did two sessions of a customized version of the Hyperlinked Library to help launch the Learn & Play program. The staff seemed very excited to begin and some had already ramped up their blogs. I talked to some good folks over the wonderful vegetarian-friendly lunch, including Nick, who shared the following from my morning talk at his blog he’ll be using for the program. I like the fact that he’s capturing ideas, actions and things to ponder further and putting it out there.
Anytime I go to one of these sorts of presentations I always come across with a whole bunch of random thoughts and notes that I want to follow up on or do something with, even if I don’t know what right away. So here’s a sample of random thoughts from today’s presentation.
It’s all about the user experience, both at the library and online. If we create a great experience, people will want to come to both our site and our buildings. But this only works if the experience is seamless. We can’t put up a site and wait for people to find us, we need to put ourselves where people already are so that they trip over us. Don’t make silos!
What are we doing that restricts/controls customers/staff/spaces/web? Why do we do it? what do we lose by doing it? If a customer has a choice of going to the library where they can’t do x/y/z or a bookstore where they can, which place will they go?
Need to start taking down signs.
Need to edit the CML wikipedia entry
Know what groups you’re trying to reach and find ways to engage them.
Transparency: why do we lock down everything and keep everyone from making content? Most people are well-intentioned, and if someone decides to do something nasty we can deal with it as it comes up. Or for that matter, make the community self-policing. Let users flag objectionable material or otherwise notify us that there’s a problem.
We need to use our staff from top to bottom. Everyone has expertise, how do we mine all that knowledge for our customers? Let them read the staff blogs?
I can’t believe how many tweets are out there about the library! Why aren’t we already watching this? If someone tweets about the library, we should be answering!
We’re putting so much effort into launching chat reference, and all we really need to do is embed a Meebo widget in the catalog! Let’s do it!
“To be curious means to explore first.”
Why can’t we send a bluetooth message to enabled phones as soon as they walk in our buildings? “Welcome to the library, here’s what’s going on.”
Don’t let fear prevent you from trying something. There’s always reasons not to do something, why not just try it?
The time to act is now. We don’t have to proofread every memo for 3 hours. Last night a customer said to me that customers he knows have been asking for more computers for 3 years. We’ve got a committee working on it now, but why did it take 3 years? What’s been holding us back?
Why do we worry about kids using Myspace and FaceBook on the library computers? This is how they communicate! How is it different from the group of teens sitting in the Teen area talking? They’re still at the library!
I am really looking forward to visiting Columbus Metropolitan Library to help launch their Learn & Play program next week. Get a load of the video the folks there made to generate interest and excitement. I’m impressed with the creativity for sure.
In two weeks I’ll be at the Columbus Metropolitan Library to help launch their Learning 2.0 program. The program is called Learn & Play @ CML. If you are attending any of these sessions, which they are opening to other interested library folk in the area, please say Hi.
Learning manager Kevin Jones offers insights and solutions for 15 Objections to using social learning. He writes: Non-Formal learning allows us to create information, share it with each other and collaborate. Information is no longer only funneled through traditional channels – the teacher, the trainer, the news media, the PR group. It now comes from everywhere – friends and foes.
What objections have you heard? How have you answered them?
I’d like to send out this question to everyone in 2.0 land: Seems like when you get a group like this together you have some go-getters in the crowd- probably great on the job, too! So, tell one or two great ideas, programs, events, tips- whatever, that really stood out for you in the past year, a “tell and share” of sorts! Soon we’ll have an arsenal of info to tuck into our pockets for that just right time!