Have you ever thought, ”Gosh, I wish I had time to learn more about Flickr, blogs, or (enter your Web 2.0 tool here)?” Well, this is your chance to focus on your personal and professional development with Web 2.0 tools. It’s fun to explore these tools and figure out ways to use them in the library, with your personal Web sites, or in other ways.

Welcome to the Library’s Discover Support Learn program! This is our two-semester twist (under a Creative Commons License) on the Library Learning 2.0 program developed by Helene Blowers when she was at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenberg County, and adopted or adapted by many other libraries and organizations since then.

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

Over the course of the next five weeks, our staff blog will highlight tools and discovery exercises to help you become familiar with blogging, working with images and image hosting sites, and online image generators you can use to make library trading cards and READ posters.

All the exercises will be online, posted in this blog. There will be no formal classes. Each Friday between October 24 and November 21, the Library Instruction Classroom will be an “open lab” from 10 AM to noon, so that you can come and go and work on this project, and get some help if needed.

If you finish the program by December 19, you will receive a great prize! We’ll have a second part to Discover Support Learn with another incentive in the spring semester.

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, or comment on this blog post.

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

Be sure to check back Monday, October 20th for the next discovery item … or better yet, subscribe to the RSS feed.

Throughout this program you will:

  • discover how Web 2.0 technologies are changing the way we communicate and use the Internet.
  • explore how you can apply these tools to your personal and professional experiences.
  • play with these tools to create a unique presence on the World Wide Web.
  • create and be creative.
  • have fun! This is a pressure-free way to learn about these new technologies.

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