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The digital divide isn't about the Internet haves and have-nots anymore; instead, it is about who has access to fast broadband connections for streaming media and exposure to content creation tools. The Internet has evolved to become a participatory medium, and libraries, in their role of providing information and resources, may be the only vehicles for citizen's voices to be heard in the Web 2.0 culture. This workshop will:

  • Empower you to teach the public how to use specific Web 2.0 tools
  • Learn to field challenging questions specific to Web 2.0
  • Develop best practices for designing workshops that address the specific needs of adult learners

Workshop Description: Web 2.0 makes some people nervous; privacy, safety, attribution, authority and standards are major issues. In this all-day, hands-on session, we'll cover fielding challenging questions specific to Web 2.0 and focus on best practices for designing workshops that address the specific needs of adult learners. Group discussion and hands-on exercises will help you develop the skills and handouts to better help your users understand the ins and outs of Web 2.0 concepts and applications.

Preliminary Course Outline

  • Conveying Web 2.0
    • How to explain Web 2.0 concepts
    • Creating helpful handouts
  • Social Bookmarking
    • How to explain the tagging phenomenon
    • Applying tags through applications such as Google Images, Flickr, and
  • Blogs, Wikis, and RSS
    • How to explain the subscription and collaborative elements
    • Applying the concepts through applications such as Bloglines, Blogger, and PBwiki
  • Social Software
    • How to explain online communities
    • Finding the right community by age, ability, and interests: examining communities such as MySpace, Ning, and Eons

Workshop Instructor: Beth Gallaway