I registered as part of the blogging corner group some time ago and I’ve been receiving the email updates but this is the first time I’ve participated…now that the SLAV Learning with Web 2.0 program is over I think I need a weekly prod to produce something, I hope it will be worth reading!
Me the learner. Wow, where do I start. This year has been amazing. It started with a SLAV conference back in March where the Learning with Web 2.0 program was promoted. I’d seen it in the flyer but hadn’t paid it much attention but the presentation by Lynette and Leslie from Yarra Plenty Regional Library (they ran the course) pushed my buttons and now, barely 6 months later I’m preparing to present at the next SLAV Library technicians conference on our Web 2.0 journey. The “our” is my entire library staff of 8 who have all (almost) completed the course.
We have 2 libraries as we are a 2 campus school. We now communicate using instant messaging, we have a blog called “Did I speak to you about…” which is where we have a meeting when we can’t have a meeting. Our procedures manual wiki is going ahead in leaps and bounds.
After meeting up with an old friend at another SLAV conference I decided to set up a staff reading challenge. She had done this successfully at her school and it sounded like a great idea. We have lots of staff who read widely and we regularly host staff morning teas to display our new purchases. I had already planned to create the “Reading Cafe” blog to promote online discussion about books and reading. The idea of the reading challenge (staff are challenged to read a number of books, 2 of which must be young adult, before the end of the year) soon meshed with the blog to become a challenge where participants must post a blog entry to register the books read for the challenge. In this way I would kill two birds with one stone and, by stealth, introduce some of our staff to the idea of blogging. It has been moderately successful so far. Quite a few people have registered and have been made writers for the blog but only a few have actually completed a post. I hope to entice more next week when we celebrate book week (yes, I know it’s a week late, but it clashed with science week and parent teacher interviews and we simply weren’t going to be ready in time) with an online staff book quiz that offers bonus points for anyone who posts a review during book week. And there will be prizes. I have my fingers crossed for a flurry of activity.
I have been learning to do new things all along the way and as soon as I do, I try to teach/show/share with someone else. It’s a great maxim that learn/do/teach is the best way to consolidate learning and I believe it is SO true. The best thing about my web 2.0 journey has been the sharing and learning from each other…which is why it makes so much sense to me to start contributing to blogging corner – hope you agree!