8th Week Wrap-up!

23 Apr

Welcome to the 8th and final week, as we Wrap Up our training program. You can use this week to get caught up on any modules you may have missed, or to review and further explore modules that were interesting to you. We’d love to hear your thoughts on your experience going through the various modules within our program, or anything you might like to share about Learning 2.0 tools. We appreciate your taking the time to learn with us this semester. Hopefully this is the beginning of new avenues of exploration as we all participate in continual education on the latest technological tools to help us provide information to and interact with our users.


Week 7 and Data Visualization

17 Apr
We’re now in week 7 of our 8 week journey! This week we’ll be looking at some Data Visualization tools that will help both librarians and patrons understand, interpret, and share their data more effectively. ManyEyes, Visual.Ly, and Taxegdo.com are all free, online webtools that can help users to create and share both data and graphic images. We’ll also be exploring how academic libraries can use these tools to analyze information that will benefit their patrons, staff, and members of the broader community. This module has some great exercises set up for you to try out these tools, and also a fun opportunity to set up a great word cloud for your blog. We look forward to reading your reflections and experiences with these data visualization sites and seeing your word clouds!

Welcome to Week 6!

10 Apr

We’re in week 6 now, and ready to explore the Online Collections module! In week 2 we looked at Flickr and Pinterest from a web marketing perspective. This week we’ll be looking at these programs, along with a number of others, as tools for collections sharing and exhibition.  In addition, this module also examines other important facets of maintaining an online collection, to include online cataloging and discovery, web publishing and collection management, metadata and local content management, assessment of readiness for digital preservation, and copyright. We had a quiet week last week, but no worries, you can explore the modules at your own pace. We’re still reading and ready to respond and interact with all of our participants!

Week 5: Exploring Two Top Trends

3 Apr

Welcome to week 5! This week we’ll be looking at 2 of what ACRL has identified as the top trends in Academic Libraries: eBook Management and Online Chat. In the eBook module, you’ll learn about the open source software program Calibre, which can help users to manage and organize e-book collections, and offers other tools for reformatting and accessing books, newspapers, and magazines. The Online Chat module provides an introduction to Mosio for Libraries and LibAnswers w/ LibChat, two web-based patron support software programs that offer tools to help libraries to connect with users. There is also an optional section that you can explore to find even more options for chat services for your organization. We’ve enjoyed reading your blogs on the modules so far, and we’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the tools we’re presenting this week!

Exploring Online Instruction: Guide on The Side

26 Mar
It’s Spring Break, but we’re continuing on and moving into this week’s module about Online Instruction! We’ll be discovering steps to avoid cognitive overload in online learning, and explore the open source software Guide on the Side, which can be used to create online, interactive tutorials. We’ll also be looking at how to embed multimedia into Blackboard. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on this week’s module, and your experience with the program so far!

Unlocking the Power of Google Drive Tools

19 Mar

Hello everyone! We’ve enjoyed these first two weeks and getting to know you through your comments and blogs. If you’re looking through our modules and haven’t yet posted, please take a moment to comment on our pages or send an email, we’d like to be able to communicate and interact with all of our participants! Last week, we looked at some web marketing tools, and now in week 3 we’re ready to explore Data Gathering, using Google Form and Google Spreadsheet. These web-based applications offer innovative ways to receive feedback, and create, edit and share data with your users. Looking forward to reading your reflections on this week’s module and any other thoughts, helpful links or tools you may want to share with the community!

Welcome to Week 2

13 Mar

Welcome to week 2! Some of you may just be getting started, but don’t be stressed about getting caught up. There’s still plenty of time for you to look over the blogging module and submit your first blog. This week we’ll be looking at Web Marketing, using Pinterest and Flickr. Many libraries have found ways to use these popular tools to connect with patrons and provide information to a wider audience. Even if you are already familiar with Pinterest and Flickr, you may be able discover new ways to leverage these technologies in your library practice and personal life. So join us this week as we explore and reflect on these great web applications that will help you build your online community!

Welcome to Week 1!

6 Mar

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to read the “Welcome to Learning Hub 2.0” posting, which will help guide you through the different areas of our site. This week is all about Getting Started with our learning process by exploring blogs. You will be learning about what exactly a blog is, and see some great examples of how libraries and librarians are making use of this awesome technology. You’ll also be participating in a few fun activities using the WordPress blogging tool, such as creating your first blog entry. We’ll be using these blogs throughout the program to share reflections on the modules each week, and to communicate with questions and comments on individual blog postings.

If you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to ask! There is a comment box at the bottom of every module where you can comment or ask questions. For more general information, you can contact us at learninghub2point0@gmail.com . We look forward to reading your blogs this week and getting to know you all!



Welcome to the Learning Hub 2.0

25 Feb


This learning hub is designed as a device to introduce and connect librarians to new technologies. Inspired by the 23 Things program developed by Helene Blowers, the self-directed nature of this program is meant to instill confidence in the participants as we all explore emerging tools and reflect on how they can transform our processes. Our background image is a USB hub, which provides ports to connect devices into other systems. Our goal is for this learning hub is to be a portal to which our learners can “plug in” and connect to new tools and technologies.

We invite you to look around the site to become familiar with some of the areas that we’ve set up for you. This page is our main page and can always be accessed by clicking on “Learning Hub 2.0.” Here you’ll find weekly announcements and program updates.

About Us tells you a little bit about the history of the 23 Things Program and about all of us.

Participant Blogs connects you to all of your colleagues’ blogs once you’ve  finished the Week One: Getting Started module.

Intro to Twitter is for those who may be new to Twitter.

Water Cooler is a place to share and reflect upon our experiences throughout the course of our learning.

On the right sidebar are links to the modules we’ll be covering, in order by week.

If you have any questions during the course of the program, please feel free to email us at learninghub2point0@gmail.com.

We look forward to working with you all as we explore all of the “things you (or I) might want to do this year!”