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Great   Expectations <ul><li>The fortunes and adversities of mobilizing academic library staff for the future </li></ul><u...
Who are we? <ul><li>Karolinska Institutet University Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic medical library </li></ul></ul...
Some background <ul><li>Need for upgrading staff knowledge about Web 2.0 tools </li></ul><ul><li>Need for a hands on pract...
The goal was to… <ul><li>Encourage exploration of Web 2.0 tools of use for our organization </li></ul><ul><li>Offering a g...
The inspiration <ul><li>Slightly modified version of 23 Things </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer things to learn, only 10 </li></ul>...
The offer <ul><li>Every staff member was invited to participate voluntarily </li></ul><ul><li>” During 20 weeks you get to...
The method <ul><li>A new task released every fortnight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Short video intro </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Quantitative results <ul><li>Evaluation carried out after completion of our project </li></ul><ul><li>77 people started th...
Qualitative change <ul><li>Staff is more self-confident </li></ul><ul><li>More relaxed attitude to new technology </li></u...
” Nice synergy effects. People have gotten  to know each other better.” ” I liked doing stuff myself, rather  than watch a...
Challenges <ul><li>We’re a busy organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main complaint: not enough time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
Ideas for the future <ul><li>New set of skills for librarians, managing social media tools </li></ul><ul><li>Real interest...
Thank you! <ul><li>Feel free to contact us for more information. We’d love to share our concept and evaluation with you. <...
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Great Expectations

  1. 1. Great Expectations <ul><li>The fortunes and adversities of mobilizing academic library staff for the future </li></ul><ul><li>Erik Stattin & Malin Cantwell </li></ul><ul><li>Karolinska Institutet University Library </li></ul><ul><li>NordLiB 2.0, 21 November 2008 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Who are we? <ul><li>Karolinska Institutet University Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic medical library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff of 110 - librarians, admin and IT </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Erik & Malin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avid users of social media tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Started talking about blogs & RSS in 2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pet project </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Some background <ul><li>Need for upgrading staff knowledge about Web 2.0 tools </li></ul><ul><li>Need for a hands on practice, really getting to know stuff. No more talking! </li></ul><ul><li>Readiness for constant change in work life </li></ul><ul><li>Changing the way we work – towards more transparency </li></ul>
  4. 4. The goal was to… <ul><li>Encourage exploration of Web 2.0 tools of use for our organization </li></ul><ul><li>Offering a guide to new tools for library staff </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage personal responsibility for learning </li></ul><ul><li>Understand expectations and need of our current and future users </li></ul>
  5. 5. The inspiration <ul><li>Slightly modified version of 23 Things </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer things to learn, only 10 </li></ul><ul><li>10 things over 20 weeks gives more time for exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Give examples for use in our domain (medicine) </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective learning – every task forced participants to reflect on use, internally and for our end users </li></ul>
  6. 6. The offer <ul><li>Every staff member was invited to participate voluntarily </li></ul><ul><li>” During 20 weeks you get to learn about the following 10 things…” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Image and video sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalized start pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microblogging and lifestreaming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual worlds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking services </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The method <ul><li>A new task released every fortnight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Short video intro </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploratory tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beginner’s and ”advanced” levels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Five mentors giving help </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops for catching up </li></ul>
  8. 8. Quantitative results <ul><li>Evaluation carried out after completion of our project </li></ul><ul><li>77 people started the program </li></ul><ul><li>67 completed 1-4 tasks </li></ul><ul><li>13 people did all tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Most popular: blogs, RSS, wikis and image &video sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Disappointing? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Qualitative change <ul><li>Staff is more self-confident </li></ul><ul><li>More relaxed attitude to new technology </li></ul><ul><li>Change in the way we work </li></ul><ul><li>Actual use of several tools </li></ul>
  10. 10. ” Nice synergy effects. People have gotten to know each other better.” ” I liked doing stuff myself, rather than watch an instruction.” ” It’s important to reflect, and also get the support of the mentors.” ” I feel that my professional competence has increased enormously with 2.0.” ” I will definitely pull some of this in when teaching students.” ” The most valuable thing were all the good ideas that popped up in the reflections.”
  11. 11. Challenges <ul><li>We’re a busy organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main complaint: not enough time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make people prioritize </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partly a management issue </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People are too ambitious </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage a playful attitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage ”beta” thinking, try first, evaluate later </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Change happens slowly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Early adopters need to be patient </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Ideas for the future <ul><li>New set of skills for librarians, managing social media tools </li></ul><ul><li>Real interest from our university in upgrading knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Launching the concept for… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post-graduate supvervisor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduate teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Launching a collaborative platform for institutional use </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thank you! <ul><li>Feel free to contact us for more information. We’d love to share our concept and evaluation with you. </li></ul><ul><li>Videos @ http://www.vimeo.com/user365493 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] [email_address] </li></ul>

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