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JISC Netskills this month made public a preview of several web 2.0 animations created as part of a new Web2practice project, recently announced at the JISC Conference 2009.  The project aims to provide educators and professionals with online guides and resources to enable them to learn more about the benefits of web 2.0 technologies for their work practices.  Not only will professionals be able to use the resources provided to enhance their own understanding of web 2.0 tools, but – true to the spirit of web 2.0 – they will be able to share and remix content for purposes such as staff development and creating their own training and teaching aids.

Currently the project has animated videos available for topics such as social media, microblogging, podcasting and RSS, with more to be released in the coming months.  The videos will eventually be accompanied by editable guides and other resources free to be downloaded and adapted under a creative commons licence.

You can hear more about the project in the slidecast below:

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Overview of the Web2practice Project by Will Allen and Steve Boneham of JISC Netskills

Available project resources can be accessed by heading to the Web2practice project website.

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Recently EDUCAUSE Australasia 2009 took place from 3-6 May in Perth, Western Australia.  One of the presenters there was Kathryn Greenhill, a librarian working at Murdoch University Library who also maintains her own blog.  She presented a paper titled “Why Learning about Emerging Technologies is Part of Every Librarian’s Job”, which you can read by clicking on the link.  You can view the accompanying slideshow for the presentation at Kathryn’s blog, or by clicking to play the embedded version below:

Slideshow by Kathryn Greenhill: “Why Learning about New Technologies is Part of Every Librarian’s Job” Source

Kathryn’s paper talks about workplace learning programmes for staff learning about web 2.0 technologies, as well as techniques for finding the time to learn about these technologies.  A few of the comments on our “Librarian 2.0?” page lately have been related to the fact that it is hard for some LIS professionals to find time within their job to focus on the issue of web/library 2.0.  Twenty-one reasons are listed in the paper as to why it is important for librarians to learn about new technologies, including as a way of increasing our skills.  Kathryn was also awarded a Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship for the paper. 

You might find it interesting to have a look at the paper and the presentation, and to think about the extent to which you see learning about web 2.0 technologies as forming part of your own job as an LIS professional.  As always comments can be directed to the discussion on our “Librarian 2.0?” page.

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A press release about upcoming research on the evaluation of Learning 2.0 programs in Australian libraries:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

US LEARNING 2.0 RESEARCHER DR MICHAEL STEPHENS APPOINTED 2009 CAVAL VISITING SCHOLAR

Melbourne, 30 March 2009 – Internationally recognised US Web 2.0 commentator, writer and library academic, Dr Michael Stephens, has been appointed the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar.

In a world first for CAVAL and its project partners CityLibraries Townsville and Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dr Stephens’ research project will seek to measure the value and effect of Learning 2.0 programs in Australian libraries.

“The intent of this study is to understand the impact on library staff and institutional culture and makeup after a Learning 2.0 program”, Dr Stephens says.

“The critical questions for libraries looking forward are to what extent has Learning 2.0 impacted institutional culture and staff confidence, and to what degree has it improved the ability of library staff to use emerging technologies?”

Dr Stephens notes that “More than 500 libraries in 15 countries have implemented Learning 2.0 programs in 2 years but we know very little about their effectiveness.”

“Nearly 10% of these Learning 2.0 programs are Australian, ranging from large State and University libraries through to public and special libraries and a small school library in New South Wales.”

First developed by the Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County under a Creative Commons license in 2006, Learning 2.0 is an online learning program that encourages library staff to explore and learn about emerging Web 2.0 technologies.  Web 2.0, also called the Read/Write Web or Social Computing, enables users of all ages and walks of life to create, change and publish their own Web content.  Blogs and social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook are common examples.

Working with a co-researcher from CityLibraries Townsville, Dr Stephens’
research aims to develop a world first model for what he terms “an exemplary Learning 2.0 program for Australian libraries.”

For Dr Stephens’ acclaimed Tame the Web blog, visit http://tametheweb.com/

For more information about the original Learning 2.0 program, visit http://plcmcl2-about.blogspot.com/

ABOUT THE PROJECT PARTNERS:

CAVAL is an Australian not-for-profit company established in 1978 to support leading libraries in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.  CAVAL is owned jointly by 11 Australian universities and provides a range of specialised services to the library sector including storage and digital preservation, training and consulting.

Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science was founded in 1930 and has grown to become one of the United States’ largest Masters of Library and Information Science degree-granting programs.  More than 600 students attend classes in River Forest and the Greater Chicago area.

CityLibraries Townsville was formed by the merger of the Townsville City Council and Thuringowa City Council in March 2008.  Three library branches, mobile services plus a virtual branch serve the whole of Townsville – from the inner city to Magnetic Island, from the suburbs to the rural communities.  Each branch offers specialist services and facilities that provide for a diverse community.

CONTACT:

Richard Sayers
Director, Capability Development
CAVAL
+61 7 3491 7021
richard.sayers@caval.edu.au
www.caval.edu.au/

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