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Starting the Programme

January 1, 2010 1 comment


Hopefully you have already had a good look round this blog. You have read what the programme is all about, you’ve checked out some of the Frequently Asked Questions and maybe even asked a few questions of your own.

For the next couple of weeks the programme will give you lots of background information about Web2.0, Library2.0 and why we should be getting excited by it all. But, before we move into the exciting world of social networking and online tools lets wallow in a bit of nostalgia! – Take a look at a film from the 1950s – “The Life of a Librarian” Courtesy of YouTube ( yes- we will be looking at YouTube during this programme)

Its a great video- I particularly like the images of children being fascinated -and quiet- whilst reading broadsheet newspapers! Now let’s move away from this quaint but outdated image and embrace the Twenty First Century…..

Here are your first Activities. All you need to do is click on the links (in blue)

Activity 1 Discover what is Web2.0

Activity 2.Find out about Library2.0

If you would like to comment on anything you have learned about so far , feel free to add your comments below.

Next week you are going to take an active part in this learning revolution by setting up your own blogs. So finally

Activity 3:

Decide what you would like your blog to be about. It can be a personal record of your 23 Things journey, or it could concentrate on the library you work in, maybe its focus could be something that you are interested in, a hobby maybe , or a trip you are planning. Its up to you – its your blog!

See you next week 🙂

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Web 2.0? Web2? What is it?

January 1, 2010 1 comment

What is Web 2.0?

According to Wikipedia, the term ‘Web 2.0’ was originally coined back in 2004 by Media O’Reily. The phrase is said to refer to “…a supposed second-generation of Internet-based services–such as social networking sites [like Facebook], wikis [like Wikipedia], communication tools [like blogs], and folksonomies [like tagging and bookmarking websites]–that let people collaborate and share information online”.

But what does that REALLY mean?

Watch this video to find some answers!

Web 2.0 has become a phenomenum because it has enabled a “READ/WRITE” web for everyone, rather than a “READ ONLY” web for the majority of people.

It has allowed people to easily make connections that they would not otherwise have been able to make. Connections to others, connections to their own areas of interest, connections to people they would never have had the opportunity to meet elsewhere.

It has provided a “self-service” web using cheap, simple and easy to use applications

It has enabled unbounded creativity. Anyone can unleash their creative urges in writing, in design, in humour, in design, in videos, in audio..all within the D-I-Y world of web 2.0.

Exciting?? Oh yes………

Reading List
There are countless web sites, books, blogs and reports on the subject of Web 2.0 technology and its applications. Currently a search on Google for Web suggests that there are around 88 million results. Here is a short list of books, resources and reports compiled by Martin White of Intranet Focus Ltd. Unless specified reports listed are free downloads though they may require registration.

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Library 2.0

January 1, 2010 1 comment

Library 2.0 is 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 Web 2.0, 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 is 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 several articles that explore Library 2.0 in more depth.

We know what Library2.0 is

Away from Icebergs

Into a New World of Librarianship

Library 2.0: The Challenge of Disruptive Innovation

Wikipedia definition of Library2.0

There is even a Library 2.0 blog that you may be interested in browsing or even joining:


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January 1, 2010 2 comments

Welcome to Devon Libraries 23 Things programme & blog. Chances are if you’ve found your way here you’re either:

  1. a member of library staff who’s participating in the 23 Things programme.
  2. interested in learning about and playing around (yes, playing is allowed in libraries) with some new web 2.0 tools that will help you expand your information literacy toolbox.
    – or –
  3. are just interested and have discovered this blog by accident

Either way… We’re glad you’re here!!

Devon libraries 23 Things is online learning program that encourages staff to learn more about emerging technologies on the web that are changing the way that people, society and libraries access information and communicate with each other.

Over the course of the next few weeks, this website will highlight 23 Things and discovery exercises to help staff become familiar with blogging, RSS news feeds, tagging, wikis, networking, online applications, and video and image hosting sites.

 To familiarize yourself with this project, be sure to read the About Page.   The FAQs  should answer most of your questions about this program. If not, then please add your question to the FAQ page as a comment.

So fasten your seat belts, grab your mouse and get ready for a discovery adventure… and remember, it’s OK to play in the library and have fun!

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