Thursday, August 7, 2008

TNT’s High Tech / Low Cost Solutions for Libraries

On August 4, Amy Harris and I co-presented at a NCLA workshop for the Technology & Trends Roundtable. We presented with Lauren Pressley and Giz Womack of Wake Forest University and Ed Hirst of Rowan Public Library. The session was held at the gorgeous Koury Center on the Elon University campus.

The purpose of the workshop was to help newer Web 2.0 users get up-to-date on the current offerings and how they could be used in their libraries. Giz started the session with a great interactive quiz (using clickers!) to gauge the knowledge levels of the participants. We then covered the basics of Web 2.0, social networking, google docs, blogs and wikis, social bookmarking with Delicious, Library Thing, and Drupal. At the end, we divided everyone up into interest groups and held mini hands-on workshops.

We had 35 participants and they seemed to enjoy the session quite a bit. Many mentioned that getting ideas on using these tools in real life situations was very helpful. Amy and I also enjoyed hearing the perspectives of librarians from other campuses.

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