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Web 2.0... wikis... blogs... RSS feeds... social bookmarking... These are hot topics in recent conversations about library service and the web. Increasingly, library staff are expected to be conversant in these areas, but the trouble is that things have been evolving so quickly that it can be hard to get a foothold. If you haven't had a chance to keep up or don't know where to start, this course is a way to get a basic grounding in these tools and explore them in a hands-on way. You will leave with an understanding of how these things work as well as some ideas about how they can be useful in your library.

Workshop Description: This all-day hands-on workshop will provide a grounding in some of the most popular tools and concepts associated with Web 2.0. Through individual and group exercises, class members will try out these tools for themselves, as well as look at examples of how they are being used successfully in libraries. Topics covered include blogs, wikis, RSS, social bookmarking, and making the case for integrating these tools in the library context. The instructor will provide background and explanation of the tools, guided exploration, and examples of successful library uses of these technologies. A webliography of links and suggested readings will also be supplied. Class members will leave with the solid grasp of the basics and a proposal for implementing a specific Web 2.0 service at their own library.

Pre-workshop assignment: Those registering for this course must create their own accounts in Bloglines and del.icio.us before coming to the workshop, since there will not be time in class to go through this process. Instructions for creating the accounts can be downloaded here: PDF.

Preliminary Course Outline

  • What is Web 2.0?
    • Why is it important?
    • What are some of the tools?
  • Blogs
    • What are they?
    • How can they be used?
    • Hands-on activities
  • RSS Feeds
    • What are they?
    • How can they be used?
    • Hands-on activities
  • Social Bookmarking and Tagging
    • What are they?
    • How can they be used?
    • Hands-on activities
  • Wikis
    • What are they?
    • How can they be used?
    • Hands-on activities
  • Selling Social Software at Your Library
    • Some tips
    • Possible challeges
    • Proposal excercise

Workshop Instructor: Michele Mizejewski