Remember to register to participate in SLA's 23 Things Initiative.
This is a self-discovery program, which encourages us all to take control of our own learning and to utilize lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY. Even after completing the program, everyone is encouraged to work together and share with each other their discoveries, techniques and "how to's" both in person and through their blogs. Forgotten your password? You can request it through the website.
You will have the option of learning all 23 things OR choosing a baker's dozen (13) of these web tools to learn. This introduction counts as your first one, so keep reading! We have set it up so that you can manage your learning by using a combination of a blog as well as a new Delicious -- both of which you'll be guided within the next few weeks to complete. After that you can choose which tools you most want to learn and press on at your own speed. By making your blog public and bookmarking and tagging it on Delicious, we will be able to track each other's progress and share stories from our hands-on experience. We will be working in this wiki environment which is meant to be collaborative, so as you see things that would enhance your's or other's learning, have a question or comment, please feel free to add comments to any of the pages or weekly blog posts.
- We will be learning together. If you're reading this -- you probably already realize that lifelong learning is part of our commitments as information professionals.
- Through this process, we will develop more confidence in helping our clients to apply these Web 2.0 tools as we learn to apply them ourselves.
- AND you will be able to incorporate all the elements and tools you are learning into your own personal blog, which should position you to be able to apply blogging and the other tools you choose to learn to your organizations.
If there are good websites to read or models to share, we will point you towards them; hopefully as you spot good ones as well, you'll add them to the wiki. Learning usually incorporates internalizing our new knowledge, so we thought we'd all practice by learning on SLA's wiki. We can start by sharing our knowledge about our chapters and divisions and to collaborate on projects. As I've gained confidence in the 2.0 tools as a result of this process, I realize that it is just a new way to share information and knowledge, but it is so much more fun if I'm not fumbling!
The Reflections: Localize your learnings sections are the part where you actually do the project - for example, create a blog, sign up for Delicious, or set an RSS reader, so we will be coming to that shortly.
Often we are most comfortable using new tools personally with our friends and family. If you need to set up a wiki or a blog for something in your personal life -- do that -- take your learnings from 23 Things and try to apply them right away -- not just complete an exercise. Do something that will help you make this learning your own. No worries, you'll then be able to apply them in your professional life. If you need further inspiration other than from Stephen Abram, loads of people write about the advantages of lifelong learning. Also, don't forget to register to participate in SLA's 23 Things Initiative.
As information professionals we know that people expect us to model information behaviors. If you're like me, a hands-on learner, you'll see that this program was set up for us. Some of you will find this program a snap (more power to you, but I hope you will find a way to help your colleagues like me for which it doesn't come as intuitively). For those of you who want to get past the basics, we encourage you to take your learning to the next level at each step.
Start learning to use the SLA wiki, by reading Wikis 101 for tips on how to maneuver in this space.