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  • This presentation is for the very beginner blogger For the staff that doesn't blog How to start library 2.0 Where to start with staff that is unfamiliar with web 2.0
  • I'm head librarian at 2 small libraries in western Mn Each community has population under 5, 000 Farming communities High speed Internet for general community has only been available for the last 5 years Public Library is seen as the “technology” center behind the school
  • Blogging is successful when clear goals are established Goals need to be articulated Not all goals need to be so established Explanation to follow
  • I was not always successful sharing all library information with all staff members Renville Branch is isolated Some staff was more enthusiastic about learning than others
  • Every staff person does not work with every other staff person I was responsible for sharing all the information Renville's new staff needed to be engaged in ongoing training with limited hours available to me to do
  • Sticky notes are not the best method of sharing information
  • Just be aware of these tools is not enough Using these databases to their full potential is cost-effective. Educating the public is all staff's responsibility
  • This goal was mine to start Staff learned to embrace the advantages of this type of learning Easy of attending Cost saving Time commitment
  • Fun of learning Discovering uses in library Answering questions from the public
  • I knew I would have to develop blog, but I wanted something all could contribute to
  • Easy to use so all staff could do it immediately Easy to maintain so primary ownership could be shared
  • Closed blog Only staff would see errors or mistakes Sensitive information could be shared
  • My mantra became “Put in on the blog” or “Blog about that so everyone knows”
  • Staff reaction Encouragement to blog Add content Discovery
  • Better communication between staff resulted in better communication between staff and customers. Added value outcome.
  • Staff discovered new ideas on their own and share With other Not everything came through me
  • Staff discovered their own online identities Sharing increased Empowerment is good
  • On education developed from me telling staff to take this class or webinar or tutorial To staff discovering information and methods of learning that worked for them
  • Staff has developed a comfort level with technology Sharing of resources has expanded Using technology has expanded how library can benefit from technology Make technology work for you instead of the other way around
  • Establish reachable goals Encourage individual responses but don't let anyone off the hook Celebrate individual strengths

Simply Blogging Simply Blogging Presentation Transcript

  • Simply Blogging By Suzanne Hilgert Simply Blogging
  • Simply Blogging
    • Olivia Public Library
    • Renville Public Library
    • Librarian for 25 years
  • Simply Blogging
    • Goals
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    • Improve Communication
    • Eliminate Clutter
    • Share tools
    • Promote on-line education
    • Learn 2.0 skills
  • Simply Blogging
    • Improve Communication
  • Simply Blogging
    • Eliminate Clutter
  • Simply Blogging Share Tools
  • Simply Blogging Promote on line education
  • Simply Blogging Learn 2.0 skills
  • Simply Blogging Blog Development
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    • Easy
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    • Safe
    • non- threatening
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    • Everyone participates
    • Everyone has administrative privileges
    • Everyone blogs
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    • Results
    • Ongoing process
    • Fulfilled goals
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    • Greatly Improved Communication
    • Between staff
    • Staff & customers
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    • Eliminate Clutter
    • 1. share a “to do list” gadget on each iGoogle page
    • 2. pages of patrons' lists are now on computer
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    • Share tools
    • 1. hints and tips are share between all staff
    • 2. empowering of staff
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    • Promote online education
    • 1. Minitex schedule of events posted
    • 2. WebJunction updates
    • and tips are shared
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    • Learn 2.0
    • 1. each staff has their own iGoogle page
    • 2. instant messager is used for daily communication
    • 3. use online calendar for work schedule & meeting room
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    • Conclusion
    • Establish blog goals
    • Adapt as necessary
    • Make 2.0 tools work for you & your library