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Presentation prepared for the Midwest Library Technology Conference, May 29,2008. Session name: Avatar Librarians.

Presentation prepared for the Midwest Library Technology Conference, May 29,2008. Session name: Avatar Librarians.

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Learning to be Avatars Learning to be Avatars Presentation Transcript

  • Presented by: Tim Keneipp New & Emerging Technologies Librarian La Crosse Public Library
  • WEB 2.0 @ LPL
    • What we have tried:
    • MySpace
    • Flickr
    • Facebook (patron driven)
    • Meebo widget on our website
  • What Stuck?
    • Meebo Widget
    • Flickr
    • Why These?
      • Ease of use
      • Made “sense” to novice users
      • Minimal Training & Support Requirements
  • How to Improve
    • Direct Experience - in a safe zone, reduces fear of failure
    • Training - hands on with additional materials
    • Planning - have a clear goal and assign responsibilities
    • Leadership - lead by example
    • Encouragement - encourage risk taking and the right to fail.
  • Our Training Ground
    • Our Intranet
    • Incident Reporting System
    • System Wide Wiki (knowledge base)
    • Department & Directors’ Internal Blogs
    • Customization
  • So where are we at?
    • We continue to add features to our Intranet and provide training & direct experience with Web 2.0 technologies.
    • Creating a new website with greatly expanded features – our E-Branch.
    • Planning our future social networking initiatives and how to maintain and market them successfully.
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