It’s been seven years since the original 23 Things Learning 2.0 program was created by Helene Blowers for the staff of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County library system. The program was used by hundreds of libraries from around the world to allow their staff to learn about the new web 2.o tools which were being developed. At my workplace we delivered a web 2.0 training program to staff in 2010, but only focused on four tools (blogs, wikis, IM, and RSS feeds). Michael Stephens and Warren Cheetham undertook a study in 2012 to investigate “The Impact and Effect of Learning 2.0 Programs in Australian Public Libraries“.
In the last few days, the newest version of 23 things has been launched, and it looks at mobile technologies that library staff need to be familiar with. It’s called 23mobilethings, and is based on a Danish program created by Jan Holmquist. Jan is working with Mylee Joseph and Kathryn Berwick from the State Library of New South Wales to develop the English-language version. The “things” include Twitter, Dropbox, curating tools such as tumblr, and photo apps such as Instagram.
I don’t know if I’ll have time to do all 23 things, but there are a couple that I might have a look at. I think I’ll share this course with the training and development staff at work, and see if we could run another cut-down version for our staff.