Friday, June 6, 2008

Blue 2.0 lives again!

Patsy Carruthers , who participated in our version of Blue 2.0, is taking the program to staff in the University of Kentucky's Integrated Academic Services (IAS), which consists of TASC, Academic Enhancement, Central Advising, Experiential Education & Career Services, and Retention and Student Success. Their program blog is:

Check out the progress of the IAS version of Blue 2.0 throughout the summer. Let's check in on their blogs and cheer them on!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Grand Prize

Congratulations to Courtney Crepeau, our Blue 2.0 Grand Prize winner!

Courtney was actually in attendance when her name was drawn! Here she is with some of the workgroup representatives holding her prize, an iPod classic. Congratulations Courtney and happy listening.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Blue 2.0 at the Libraries Faculty meeting

We've been asked to talk about the Blue 2.0 experience at the next Libraries faculty meeting. Several participants will talk about what they learned, any work-related projects that resulted, and generally what they thought of the program.

These are the specific Blue 2.0 examples we will demo at the meeting:

Monday, April 14, 2008


Congratulations to the Blue 2.0 class of 2008!

Kerri Baunach
Terri Brown
Patsy Carruthers
Sharon Clark
Benita Clarke
Michelle Cosby
Courtney Crepeau
Gwen Curtis
Cheri Daniels
Martha David
Laura Davison
Carol Diedrichs
Shell Dunn
Alex Grigg
Benjamin Hall
Crystal Heis
Tag Heister
Peter Hesseldenz
Miranda Hines
Julene Jones
Tari Keller
Krista King
Kathryn Lybarger
Cindy Parker
Valerie Perry
Peggy Phillips
Tanya Reeves
Mary Spencer
Kopana Terry
Ryan Valentin
Alice Wasielewski
Amanda Williams

Remember that finishing "on time" is only important as far as the prize drawing this week. But the real prize is the experience and all the good stuff you've been learning. So if you're close but not finished, keep up the good work!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Happy Hour - Graduation Celebration

What: Happy hour to celebrate the Blue 2.0 graduates!
When: Wednesday, April 16, 5:00-7:00

Remember: You still have time to finish! The Blue team will be reviewing blogs on Monday, 4/14 to get the list of names for the drawing during Staff Appreciation on 4/16. You can do it!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Home Stretch!

We're coming into the home stretch for Blue 2.0!

The Grand Prize drawing will take place during the big Staff Appreciation on April 16, 2008, 2pm-4pm, WTYL Auditorium.

We have many participants who are right on schedule - great job! For those of you who are maybe a module or two (or three or more....) behind, YOU CAN DO IT!

Confidentially - don't tell anyone - we are easy graders! And remember that if you need help, post a comment to the given module or to the Need Help post.

So let's get out there and do some Blue stuff!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Weeks 11 & 12: Social Networking


Objectives: Explore the wonderful world of social networking. Get in deep with two of the most popular services (MySpace and Facebook) and touch on some of the others that are out there. Get a feel for the similarities and differences, and blog about what you think!

MySpace and Facebook are particularly popular with “Net Generation” users. An estimated 85% of students in high school and college have at least one profile in at least one of these sites. The central feature of this particular kind of social networking site is the ability to identify a group of friends whose profiles become linked to yours. Your group of friends becomes a network with unique communication privileges. Your friends can post comments that will appear on your site. You are able to broadcast announcements that go to your entire group of friends or your network in one stroke. The personal connection encouraged by these sites is both the strength and potential vulnerability of this type of social networking.

Social networking sites give libraries just another option to reach our clientele in new ways. As we utilize these new tools, it makes us realize that it is truly an exciting time to be in this profession!


We will all look at the first two. The remainder on the list are options for your own exploration. Choose one or sample several!


Activity 1: MySpace

MySpace is the most trafficked internet site in the US. A MySpace profile can be created by anyone with an email address. The ability to customize the “look” of your profile makes it popular with high school students and anyone looking to advertise to a young audience. Independent musicians create profiles to advertise their music directly to listeners. Movies geared toward teen audiences are also being promoted directly on MySpace. Libraries – particularly public libraries – have also begun to create MySpace profiles as another way to reach this set of their user population.

For this activity, you'll create your own MySpace account. Blog about your experience and include a link to your profile in your blog entry to get credit!

Suggested activities: Fill out the forms to include information about yourself in your profile (how "personal" you get is up to you!). Use the built-in editor or find layout sites (google “myspace layouts” to find some sites) to do some customization. Upload images, especially one to use as your profile default. Find friends, such as the UK Libraries, on MySpace and comment on their profile. Security: Read about the options for restricting access to your profile, reducing comment spam, etc. Choose whether to restrict access to your profile. (If you restrict, please friend at least one of the Blue 2.0 organizers so we can check your profile and give you credit so you’re in the prize drawing! ) Update your status, add some calendar events, try out the blog, add a video or music to your profile, join a group (there is a group for Libraries on MySpace, but you can join any group.)

Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour+

Activity 2: Facebook

Facebook is particularly popular with college students. On a sprawling and unfamiliar campus, Facebook can serve as a lifeline to staying connected with old friends and can aid in meeting new people. Facebook users can easily connect with individuals from one’s high school, hometown, etc. Links within Facebook profiles make it simple to find others who share the same interests (favorite bands, movies, hobbies, etc.), live in the same dorm, participate in the same school activities, etc. Students can create groups based upon interests which can further help in connecting with others.

For this activity, you'll create your own Facebook account. Blog about your experience and include a link to your profile in your blog entry to get credit!

Suggested activities: If you use a UK email address, you will be added to the UK community (recommended). Fill in the text boxes to include information about yourself. Upload photos. Search for UK Libraries pages and profiles belonging to your library colleagues. Join the “Blue 2.0 at UK Libraries” group. Seek out other groups and join at least one, e.g. the UK Library group, other library organizations, interest groups, etc. Poke someone. :-) Add a Facebook app. (Be a ninja, add a library utility, link to your flickr account, chuck a book at someone.) Some utilities are just for fun, others enhance the functionality of Facebook in cool (or even library-relevant) ways. Play with several. You can always un-install a utility. Update your status.

Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour+

Activity 3: Choose another social network site

Establish an account in at least one other social networking site. Play with your settings, explore any options that are similar to or different from MySpace or Facebook. Does the site offer anything not available in the other two? Anything missing now that you have experience with the Big Two? Blog it!

Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour+

Examples and information (Note that you have to have established your own Facebook account to see other Facebook sites)


As always, Blue 2.0 is about helping each other! If you need help, IM a co-participant or post a question to the blog (as a comment on this post on the Need Help post). Contact any workgroup member if you’re really stuck. Beth is the primary contact for this topic, but we all have experience in social networking.