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Pilot training program

A Taste of Web 2.0

A Learning Snack

GOALS:

  • HAVE FUN
  • Raise awareness of web based tools in a fun, fast-paced, non-threatening environment
  • Increase web 2.0 literacy across LIS
  • Encourage innovation and fun in the workplace
  • Welcome all LIS staff to present fun new tools they are using
  • Foster a collaborative working environment
  • Cross-departmental format
  • Encourage use of tech tools to enhance efficiency
  • Have fun and enjoy each other's company
  • Encourage all LIS staff to present and/or attend
  • Encourage playing with web tools
  • Save money - many tools are in beta and are "free"
  • Celebrate community and collaboration
  • Enjoy a meal together; learn together outside usual workgroups; learn from each other
  • Sandbox for staff to play with technologies and tools
  • Tame technostress, technodivorce, technoshame, technophobia, technolust
  • Did we mention...HAVE FUN!

Monthly lunch and dinner time presentations - cool and fun web tools

  • Pilot project to begin Fall 08
  • 1 hour each during mid-day and early evening
  • Twice monthly; 2 in Oct; 2 in Nov; 1 in Dec
  • Lunchtime program repeated at evening program - do we need the same person presenting at both sessions - even if the topic is the same - or do we want to be more fluid with topics and presenters?
  • Raffle to encourage participation; all participants are eligible for the drawing at each session; all participants throughout the semester are eligible for the grand prize at the end of the semester
  • Everyone brings their own bag meal
  • Each presentation - 10 - 15 minutes long max for a total 30 - 40 min
  • Time to share recent discoveries and new fun web tools at the end
  • Create a blog to document training series?
  • Staff across LIS as presenters - starting with 3 presenters the first meeting:


Schedule: Location Davis Family Lib 105

10/9 12 - 1 pm : [Mike Roy on Cha Cha, Jott, and Remember the Milk| https://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/Mike_Roy_on_Web_2.0]
10/23 6 - 7 pm

11/6 12 - 1 pm
11/20 6 - 7 pm

12/4 - last meeting of the semester - grand prize drawing

Possible topics - please add other wicked good web tools and ideas!

  • Sign up for a feed reader/RSS
  • Bloglines/Google Reader
  • Delicious
  • GoodReads
  • Flickr
  • LibraryThing
  • Facebook
  • iTunes U
  • Download a Podcast
  • Feedzie
  • Mozio
  • Twitter
  • Hiogi
  • Ning
  • Youtube
  • Comment on a blog
  • Meebo
  • Librivox
  • Podcast Alley
  • Gabcast
  • Image generators - Imagechef, Add Letters, Dumpr,


    • What will the prizes be?
      • Small monthly prizes
        • Coffee card
        • Bookstore gift certificate
        • Coffee/tea mug with coffee card
        • Other ideas?
      • Large prize at the last meeting of the semester
        • iPod/iTouch
        • Canon Flip camera - perfect for Youtube and Flickr
        • Other fun tech toys?
  • Encourage managers and supervisors
    • To give release time
    • Acknowledge participation in annual performance review
  • Where and how to advertise and encourage other LIS staff to present and/or participate?
    • LISt blog
    • All LIS email from Mike
    • Flyers in staff mailboxes
  • Catch phrases - ideas welcome! Please!
    • Take a bite out of web tech tools
    • Wicked wonderful web tools
    • Fun with Web 2.0
    • Tricks, tips and tools
    • Discover Web 2.0


Proposed text for the announcement:

  • Save the date! Announcing an all LIS web2.opportunity!
  • When: October 9th at 12 noon; with repeat session on 10/23 at 6 pm
  • Where: Lib 105
  • What: 1st in a series of brown bag mealtime sessions to discover and share cool new web 2.0 tools. Come and hear Mike, Mary and Bryan share some fun web tools they are using
  • Get together with your coworkers across LIS to share fun web tools.
  • How long: 1 hour max; 3 presentations - 10 minutes each; time at end to share the web tools you are using!
  • Bring your own bag meal
  • There will be prizes drawn at each session; everyone who attends will be eligible for the grand prize drawing in December.
  • Looking for volunteers to present in November - please contact Elin Waagen or Bryan Carson.


Loosely based on the concept of 23 things - topics could be used as springboard to design first sessions

Dartmouth October Conference 2009

October Conference Presentation Proposal – a 30 minute Prezi Presentation – Outline

Bryan Carson, Electronic Services Librarian

Elin Waagen, Circulation Services Manager

Library and Information Services

Middlebury College


Submit intro bios and handouts ahead of time:
Web tools used for planning and presentation

Presentation on Prezi - free web based tool (100 MB free and public)

Handout - card with address of presentation

Wordle? (http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/1203859/Tasty_Tech_Tidbits_and_Tools)

Slideshare?


Brief and informal presentation using web tools

Focus on tangibles - how and what; practical tips

Recreate the unit?

How many tables? Room layout?

For each table: brown bag, crayons, paper for writing names

1 drawing per table - silly prize

1 grand drawing - Midd mug with chocolates



TASTY TECH TIDBITS AND WEB TOOLS - A BROWN BAG LEARNING AND SHARING PROGRAM

A Learning snack

Developed on shared platforms - wiki, google docs

Minimum amount of meeting time


GOALS

  • HAVE FUN
    * Raise awareness of web based tools in a fun, fast-paced, non-threatening environment
    * Increase web 2.0 literacy across LIS
    * Encourage innovation and fun in the workplace
    * Invite all staff to present fun new tools they are using
    * Tap into local expertise with web tools and toys
    * Foster a collaborative working environment
    * Foster a cross-departmental format
    * Encourage use of tech tools to enhance efficiency and effectiveness
    * Encourage all staff to present and/or attend
    * Encourage playing with web tools
    * Save money - many tools are in beta and are "free"
    * Low-cost/budget staff development
    * Celebrate community and collaboration
    * Enjoy a meal together; learn together outside usual workgroups; learn from each other
    * Play with technologies and tools
    * Open door to new tools; experimenting with new tools; reducing fears of playing and using new tools (that come and go...); facilitate the use of free web tools - no need to reinvent the wheel locally
    * Exposure to the ideas - not necessarily the actual how-to of the tool
    * Increase comfort level of exploring new web tool
    * Did we mention...HAVE FUN!


FORMAT

  • Pilot project Fall 08
    * 1 hour each during mid-day and early evening to accommodate staff schedules/preferences
    * 2 in Oct; 2 in Nov; 1 in Dec
    * Lunchtime program repeated at evening program if possible - but fluid with topics and presenters
    * Raffle to encourage participation; all participants eligible for the drawing at each session; all participants throughout the semester eligible for the grand prize at the end of the semester
    * Everyone brings their own bag meal
    * Brief overview of tool - each presentation 10 - 15 minutes long max for a total 30 - 40 min
    * Just enough structure to provide a springboard for discussion and sharing
    * Allow time for unscheduled topics/presenters and informal sharing
    * Time to share recent discoveries and new fun web tools for the last 20 minutes of the program
    * Staff across LIS as presenters
    * Encourage managers and supervisors to give release time; acknowledge participation in annual performance review


TOPICS - wicked good web tools and ideas - constantly evolving...

  • Delicious
    * GoodReads
    * LibraryThing
    * Cha Cha
    * Jott
    * Remember the Milk (RTM)
    * RSS/feedreaders
    * Bloglines/Google Reader
    * FeedDemon
    * Flickr
    * Twitter/Yammer
    * Facebook
    * Grand Central (Google Voice)
    * iGoogle
    * CommonCraft
    * Google docs


MARKETING

  • Staff blog
    * All staff email from Dean
    * Support from Area Directors and Dean of Library and Information Services (our first presenter!)


PARTICIPATION

  • Total numbers for all sessions - 50


BUDGET - PRIZES

  • Silly (inexpensive) prizes - bubbles; party games, etc.
    * Coffee/tea mug with coffee card (5 @ $15)
    * Grand Prize - iPod (donated)


POST-OP observations

  • Lunch and Learn - hope to expand the idea to offer a regular brown-bag lunch sharing/learning opportunity (currently planning a brown-bag lunch topic on cool new apps for the iPhone/iPod)
    * Marketing - not all staff were reading the blog
    * Evening sessions were not as well attended
    * Impromptu discussions brought out other user experiences (other tips, tricks, and tools people were using)
    * Met goals - had fun! :-)


Program was a part of a larger initiative - other things happening at Midd:

  • LISterine (Bryan Carson and Carrie MacFarlane)
    * Zoho stats (Joy Pile)
    * Mosio texting (Brenda Ellis)
    * Voting using Uservoice
    * Google docs, blog initiatives, documentation shifted to wiki
    * Upcoming inservice theme - tech tools and music



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