Office Hours: What We learned from Learning 2.0 1

My new column is up at Library Journal:

In their recent book, A New Culture of Learning (CreateSpace, 2011), Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown explore similar concepts and the importance of continuous learning. The parallels to the original Learning 2.0 model are striking. The book is based on several assumptions about our new normal, for example, “The world is changing faster than ever and our skill sets have a shorter life,” and “Play is the basis for cultivating imagination and innovation.”

Planning for ongoing organizational learning for staff may seem like just “one more thing” in our stressed environments, but without backing and emphasis from library leaders, exploration and innovation may wane.

The library should serve as a hub for sustaining a culture of learning around technology and research using variations on the model. Extending the program to users or shifting focus from technologies to other areas of learning and reflection is a natural progression. The public “Looking at 2.0” program at the State Library of Queensland continues to engage users with topics and award prizes. Consider new audiences as well, such as Research 2.0, a program created for researchers at Imperial College in the UK.

How do you sustain the learning culture in your setting?

One thought on “Office Hours: What We learned from Learning 2.0

  • Christa Burns

    Great article! I was going to comment on your Library Journal article, but the comments there seem to be broken.

    We have an ongoing Learning 2.0 program here in Nebraska, doing 1 Thing each month, just like you described in your article! It’s called Nebraska Learns 2.0. We started in May 2009, and are still going strong –

    If you’re willing, I’d love to get a copy of the survey you used for your research. I’d like to use it as a basis for a survey to see how our program has worked for our participants. I’m all about not reinventing the wheel. 🙂


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