The Water Is Just Fine: Jump Into the Library 2.0 Pool!
Have you been hearing and reading the buzz about Web 2.0 tools and Library 2.0 tools this past year but felt you just didn’t have the time during the school year to explore these web-based wonders? Summer is the perfect opportunity to explore these resources at your own pace without the distractions of your normal responsibilities and day to day library life! Here are some fun and informative resources to help you wade into the wonderful world of Web 2.0/Library 2.0!
- Sarah Houghton-Jan, “The Librarian in Black”, just posted two great presentations from her keynote speech at the Arizona Libraries Summer Institute. The first presentation covers “Methods for Staying Current” in our profession; the second presentation surveys “Tools for Staying Current”. Both presentations are in PDF format, so they are easy to navigate, save, and print for reference.
- 100 Free Library 2.0 Webinars and Tutorials is a superb list of resources for exploring all things Library 2.0 that was just posted in an easy to follow and visually clean format.
- The “School Library Learning 2.0” self-paced learning blog features “23 Things” to help you explore web 2.0 tools to support and enhance your library program. Another variation on this model is the “23 Things on a Stick: A Library Learning 2.0 Program” tutorial that has been quite popular.
- The Ning network features several networks for librarians that encourage professionals to discuss, share, and explore ideas, issues, and resources for librarian professionals. Two of my favorites are the Library 2.0 Ning and the More Things: Applying 2.0 Tools group within the Teacher Librarian Network. Membership is free, and registration only takes a few minutes!
- A “must see” resource is the “Webtools4u2use” Wiki created just for school library media specialists by the University of Central Florida. The purpose of this wiki is not only to provide you hundreds of resources to explore, but to also give media specialists a chance to share how they are using these tools in their libraries. You will also want to check out the companion wiki, “Other Cool Tools 4 U 2 Use”, as well.
- The Common Craft Channel on You Tube presents all of the free tutorial videos about Web 2.0 tools from the amazing Lee and Sachi LeFever. Everyone who has seen and used these videos RAVES about how the authors take complex ideas and make them so easy to understand.
- Library 2.0 in 15 Minutes a Day: this tutorial site originally began as a wiki, but it is now housed at WordPress. You can surf the links on the far right site of this blog to explore the menu of Web 2.0 tools for librarians.
I hope this list of resources will encourage you to dip your big toe into the Library 2.0 waters and give you confidence to wade a little deeper as you enjoy some “playtime” this summer!