What is it?
Blue 2.0 is a self-discovery learning program based on the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County "23 Things" program. Participating library staff learn to use new and emerging technologies, such as blogging, social networking and other "Learning 2.0" applications through experimentation.
These technologies will give the libraries other methods of communication with our students and faculty that are used by some of them already. We will be able to apply these technologies to library activities and services to stay up to date with the expectations of our users.
So how does it work?
We will explore a set of related technologies during six two-week blocks, for a total of twelve weeks of program time. A coordinating team of experts has customized this learning experience for the UK Libraries.
Participants will be given introductory materials to explore resources and try each application at your own pace. You will have "assignments" that encourage exploration and allow you to demonstrate what you have discovered about each topic!
Local experts will serve as support throughout the 12 weeks of program. In addition, we will all gather for periodic show & tell and support sessions (with coffee and cookies, of course.)
Everyone in the library system is encouraged to participate.
Did somebody say prizes?
Everyone who completes the 12-week program on time will be eligible fo ra drawing for our grand prize: An iPod!
In addition, there will be other drawings throughout the program for smaller prizes. Everyone who is on schedule will be eligible.
Everyone who completes the program will be recognized in April during the Staff Appreciation Event. You will also receive a snazzy certificate of completion to include in your file.