Thing 22: Staying Current

We hope you have learned many new things during 23 Things. And one thing you have learned is that Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 are anything but static. Changing, challenging, and exciting are hallmarks of Web 2.0.

Here are some other things we hope you have learned:
It really doesn’t take that much time. You have some new tools—Bloglines,, Digg/Reddit/Newsvine, calendars, to-do lists, and others that make finding news about new tools and ways to use them. You know how to use them to make keeping up easier. Of course, you can spend hours (and hours) playing around with Flickr or YouTube or other tools, but that counts as "improving your skills."

You know you can do it. Sure, there were trials and tribulations as you learned the new tools or struggled with glitches in the products, but you did finish and you did get the tools to work. That means the next time you see a new tool, you will be ready to figure it out and make it work for you. No fear!

It's fun to know and use these tools. Admit it, YouTube can be entertaining--and you can even see some uses for it in your library. Some of the tools have more toy-like features than others which have a more obvious use. It is amazing what people will think of and more amazing what they create to enhance Flickr, Google, or whatever.

We need to keep informed. It is easy to get so involved in the day-to-day of story time, library instruction, troubleshooting, programming, reference work, summer reading programs, collection development, faculty meetings, system meetings, meetings and more meetings, and the on and on of the day in the life of a library. In spite of all that work, we do need to stay up on what our patrons are using, talking about, and asking us for help with. As libraries continue to evolve, we need to be informed to evolve with them and guide the evolution.

We need the support of each other and our administrators and supervisors so we have the time and help we need to learn and stay informed. We hope the communities that have developed around 23 Things will continue—whether in a building or a region. Stay in touch through your blogs, IM, and texting!

For this Thing
1. Take a moment and look back at the first Thing you posted to your blog. Reflect on how far you've come since then.
2.Make a resolution to maintain your blog, use the tools you now know, keep up with new tools, and apply them in your library. Give yourself the gift of time—15 minutes a day, a Webinar now and then, conversations with colleagues about Library 2.0, whatever—but don't quit now! Put your resolution writing in your blog!
3. Every day, ask yourself, "What did I learn today?" Record your responses in your blog.

So here are some Web sites and blogs to add to your RSS aggregator. There are dozens more—choose ones that speak to you.

Mostly News
ALA TechSource
Librarian in Black
Library Stuff

News and Commentary
Tame the Web
Shifted Librarian
Information Wants To Be Free
Blue Skunk Blog
Dangeroulsy Irrelevant
NeverEnding Search

General Web 2.0

Web 2.0 Directories

Other Ways to Keep Up
WebJunction offers newsletters, online courses, and other content.
OPAL has many online opportunities both live and in its archives to learn about library-related things—Library 2.0, technology, and more.
Webinars through NEFLIN
Podcasts on Web 2.0 and library topics—find a few you like and add them to your RSS aggregator.

That’s enough. Glance through these, add the ones you like to your RSS aggregator, use others as needed. And remember, you can delete entries from your aggregator, too.

Blog Prompts
Blog about how you plan to keep up with the Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 tools.
Recommend a way to keep up that you have found useful.


BFant said...

How many of us do you think are keeping up with the 23 Things? A lot of the blogs I follow seem to have stopped participating???

Jennifer O'Neill said...

We will be counting them shortly to see who is eligible for the prizes. Alachua is doing their own thing in addition to NEFLIN so they are on a longer timetable.

Cloud 23 said...

I was wondering the same thing, but when I logged into my blog, I saw a post for Thing 22 from one of the blogs I am following. Needless to say, it motivated me to get busy finishing up these last projects!

WebKitteh said...

Yes, I would also like to know how many people actually finish the project. I would like to see the list of blogs so we could read them and see how their "journey" went. It has been too hard to keep up with anybody because there are simply too many that abruptly stop.
I can't say much because I did about 6 Things just today!