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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

    1. 1. Simply Blogging By Suzanne Hilgert Simply Blogging
    2. 2. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Olivia Public Library
    3. 3. Renville Public Library
    4. 4. Librarian for 25 years </li></ul>
    5. 5. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Goals </li></ul>
    6. 6. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Improve Communication
    7. 7. Eliminate Clutter
    8. 8. Share tools
    9. 9. Promote on-line education
    10. 10. Learn 2.0 skills </li></ul>
    11. 11. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Improve Communication </li></ul>
    12. 12. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Eliminate Clutter </li></ul>
    13. 13. Simply Blogging Share Tools
    14. 14. Simply Blogging Promote on line education
    15. 15. Simply Blogging Learn 2.0 skills
    16. 16. Simply Blogging Blog Development
    17. 17. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Easy </li></ul>
    18. 18. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Safe
    19. 19. non- threatening </li></ul>
    20. 20. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Everyone participates
    21. 21. Everyone has administrative privileges
    22. 22. Everyone blogs </li></ul>
    23. 23. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Results
    24. 24. Ongoing process
    25. 25. Fulfilled goals </li></ul>
    26. 26. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Greatly Improved Communication
    27. 27. Between staff
    28. 28. Staff & customers </li></ul>
    29. 29. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Eliminate Clutter
    30. 30. 1. share a “to do list” gadget on each iGoogle page
    31. 31. 2. pages of patrons' lists are now on computer </li></ul>
    32. 32. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Share tools
    33. 33. 1. hints and tips are share between all staff
    34. 34. 2. empowering of staff </li></ul>
    35. 35. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Promote online education
    36. 36. 1. Minitex schedule of events posted
    37. 37. 2. WebJunction updates
    38. 38. and tips are shared </li></ul>
    39. 39. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Learn 2.0
    40. 40. 1. each staff has their own iGoogle page
    41. 41. 2. instant messager is used for daily communication
    42. 42. 3. use online calendar for work schedule & meeting room </li></ul>
    43. 43. Simply Blogging <ul><li>Conclusion
    44. 44. Establish blog goals
    45. 45. Adapt as necessary
    46. 46. Make 2.0 tools work for you & your library </li></ul>