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Learning to be Avatars

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

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Learning to be Avatars

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

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