Thank you so much for having me here today. This is my first trip to Montana and I have loved being here yesterday and today – learning more about Montana libraries and especially about the new strides the state library is taking to review and support continuing education for MT librarians – very exciting and I’ve enjoyed hearing about those new plans – as well as I’ve been very inspired by everyone I’ve met and talked to since I’ve been here – such a strong interest in learning and sharing – maybe because resources are scarce and there’s even more opportunity to collaborate and help each other along.
Social Learning: with our community
social > learning > Montana Library Association | April 2009 with our community
“ Life is easier in a community blessed with a substantial stock of social capital. In the first place, networks of civic engagement foster sturdy norms of generalized reciprocity and encourage the emergence of social trust . Such networks facilitate coordination and communication , amplify reputations , and thus allow dilemmas of collective action to be resolved. When economic and political negotiation is embedded in dense networks of social interaction , incentives for opportunism are reduced … [they] broaden the participants‘ sense of self, developing ‘I’ into ‘we’ … ”
“ we are building community daily in a manner we never would have imagined a year ago ” -Teen Services Librarian Seattle Public Library
build an online community where library staff would support each other around public access computing
technology e-learning training sustainability support personalization peers timely networks advocacy programs patrons funding volunteers staff access communities friends
people + training + resources all in one place
by & for the library staff who spend their time there
What was your greatest achievement last year? Adding Netlibrary (e-books) Staying sane! Keeping the internet running for the patrons. I've been able to encourage use of our library by our Spanish speaking patrons. <ul><ul><li>We implemented public classes to teach computer use . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I am the new director of my library. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Completing the Capstone Synchronous Training program </li></ul></ul>
Completely Asynchronous yet multiple ways to interact
Updates recent activities in your network Bookmarks My Account courses affiliations profile Friends Groups My WebJunction allows you to keep track of activities, interests, courses and contributions.
Our vision is to be the place where the worldwide library profession gathers to build the knowledge, skills and support we need to power vibrant, relevant libraries.
Our mission is to bridge the barriers to learning by providing open, affordable, online learning communities. Our members take courses, attend events, share knowledge, and network with others – all in an environment that fosters collaboration and mutual support.
<ul><li>From: King,Tim Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 3:08 AM To: WJ team Subject: ALA Team Blogging and other "social" efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Hello ALA (physical or virtual) Attendees: It's time to get your WebJunction/ALA/Social-Community Freak ON ! </li></ul><ul><li>A few important points: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Blog account is your passport to fame . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Images make your blog post at least 3.6x better! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A full Flickr Set makes us all look so much smarter. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using Twitter doesn't mean you lack friends in the physical world . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video is the new photo. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Library 2.0 Café Virtual Session will RULE . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Staff Photo-op can immortalize the boas forever. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-Tim </li></ul>
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