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Very Cool Library Learning 2.0

The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County is doing the coolest summer staff learning program.
Check out their Learning 2.0 blog Learning 2.0.
Check out the 23 Things they’re trying to learn:
http://plcmcl2-things.blogspot.com/
And their cool incentive for staff? Everyone who completes the program gets a USB MP3 player and entered into a draw for a laptop!
I’m thrilled and excited that they’ve acknowledged the small role my column 43 Things I (or You) might want to do this year from SLA’s Information Outlook about using the website 43 Things to track personal professional development. I’ve seen a lot of excitement about my idea that libraries can vastly increase their capacity for adopting new technology and implementing new, creative or innovative stuff if the staff invests 15 minutes a day (or every second day) in learning. If all staff participate you don’t end up with isolated sole contributors. You have an army of people who understand Flickr, Blogs, Squidoo, etc. The capacity of the library system for innovation and change is exponentially increased. It also sends a positive message from the library leadership team about the value they place on staff, interaction, learning and relating to their communities and learning.
PLCMC is already a major innovative and award winning library. I predict they’ll reach a new plateau with this initiative. Learning is more than degrees, certificates, courses, seminars, conferences and workshops. It doesn’t stop being a daily activity when we leave school. Investing in learning new things very day for 15 minutes, and having management visibly support it, increases the overall capacity of the library system and our profession as a whole.
Stephen

Posted on: August 4, 2006, 6:59 am Category: Uncategorized