Implementing a 23 Things Type Program at Your Library

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Notes from 2009 COMO Conference in Columbus, Georgia

Implementing a 23 Things Type Program in Your Library.

Presenter: Bobbi Newman

Green presentation by not having handouts.

The world around us is changing:

Tax forms aren’t being printed, you need to go Online to find them.

Information is being sent out through text messages and is accessible through your cell phone.

You apply for jobs Online, this requires an email address.

Technology is changing how we do everything.

Become familiar with new technology.

Clicking your heels three times won’t make it go away. The Internet is here to stay, it’s not going away.

It’s not as simple as choosing the red pill or the blue pill. You won’t wake up knowing everything, so you need to learn to adapt and operate with new technology.

We have users that are digital native and digital immigrants. So, how do we bridge the gap between them and the services we offer to stay viable.

We are going to need the right tools. Web 2.0 technologies. 23 things.

23 Things was a program pioneered by Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County on August 7th of 2006.  That was three years ago an technological needs have already changed.

It’s OK to re-use material and programs from other people/organizations. Share. No need to re-invent the wheel.

Learning 2.0.

Use technology to teach technology.

Create programs that are self-paced and allow your staff/users to become acclimated with the technology instead of forcing them to learn it by a specific date.

Identify your place to start and begin from there. this will be different for each staff member/user.

Borrow what you can and change the rest to what you need, make it work for you/your organization/staff.

Start small, don’t overload people or bite off more than you can chew.

Prizes and incentives matter. People love them for work put in.

Management buy-in is very important and can help create time and funding.

Patron expectations are changing and when need to be able to help them with all their needs.

Literacy was our main goal at one time. Helping people read and giving them the print materials they required.

Times are changing and so are peoples needs. Now we need to advocate Transliteracy.

Create a plan and stick to it.


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