Tasty Tech Tidbits and Tools

Pilot training program

A TASTE OF WEB 2.0 Ideas for what to call this series are welcome!



  • 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 - do we want/need this?
  • Staff across LIS as presenters - starting with 3 presenters the first meeting:

Pending presenters accepting the invite!

  • Request volunteers for future sessions
    • and more!
    • Bryan - Delicious
    • Mary B. - GoodReads

Schedule: Location Main Lib 105 10/9 12 - 1 pm : Mike Roy on Cha Cha, Jott, and Remember the Milk
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: (Help please!)

  • 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

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