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Beyond 23 things - Computers in Libraries 2011

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Presentation at Computers in Libraries 2011 in Washington DC by Louise Alcorn

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Beyond 23 things - Computers in Libraries 2011

  1. 1. Beyond 23Things<br />Louise Alcorn<br />Reference Technology Librarian<br />West Des Moines (Iowa) Public Library<br />Computers in Libraries<br />March 23,2011<br />
  2. 2. The Original 23Things<br />
  3. 3. Why 23Things?<br />PLCMC's Learning 2.0 project [was created] to encourage staff to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the context of information on the Internet today. The objectives of this program are to:<br />encourage exploration of Web 2.0 and new technologies by PLCMC staff.<br />provide staff with new tools (that are freely available on the Internet) to better support PLCMC's mission: Expanding minds, Empowering individuals and Enriching our community.<br />reward staff for taking the initiative to complete 23 self-discovery exercises.<br />From http://plcmcl2-about.blogspot.com/<br />
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  5. 5. 23Things @ My Library<br />From http://techbuddha.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/hilarity-ensues-10-years-of-tech-fail/<br />
  6. 6. NWILSA’s 13Things – Fall 2010<br />
  7. 7. What Worked?<br />Attendance – average 30 participants<br />Range of Topics and Instructors<br />Be compulsive about each class - dress rehearsal – “the best thing we do for ourselves” (Bonnie McKewon)<br />Adobe Connect room dedicated to 13Things<br />Google Site for 13Things Course (http://sites.google.com/site/nwilsa13things/home)<br />Chat Pods – interactive discussion questions created ahead of time <br />Homework! <br />
  8. 8. What Didn’t Work?<br />Needed to do more ongoing marketing (recurring theme)<br />Reluctance of participants to get headset with microphone, so can interact fully<br />“[The SurveyMonkey sent at the end], that’s a good measure of what they thought…we can see patterns in what they can/cannot do…in a perfect world, we should be using those survey results to follow up and plan future classes…but we don’t always do it” due to staffing, etc. (Bonnie McKewon)<br />
  9. 9. Lessons Learned<br />MARKETING!<br />Buy-in on all levels<br />Feedback loop <br />Follow up with participants <br />Make it relevant<br />
  10. 10. Thank You! <br />louise.alcorn@wdm-ia.com<br />

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