FAQs for Learning 2.0

What about Privacy? There is none! Everyone can read your Blog, this is the nature of Blogs in general.

Suggestions: You can remain anonymous by choosing a Generic Name for the Blog and hide your user profile if you wish.

Keep in mind the type of Posts you make and use discretion in mentioning names/places etc.
Copyright issues and intellectual content also apply to Blogs.

How do I Register? Use the online registration form on the Intranet. It also includes a Blog registration. Use the CUT and PASTE method to put your URL into your registration form or emails.

How does this online learning program work?
This is a self-discovery program which encourages staff to take control of their own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY. There will be no classes or workshops offered to support this program. Instead, staff are encouraged to work together and share with each other their discoveries, techniques and "how to's" both in person and through their blogs.

Is this Program open to All YPRL Staff? Yes the Program is open to All YPRL Staff regardless of position or status (full or part time).

How long do I have to complete this program? The program begins on 13th October and ends on January 26th (We have extended the length to take into consideration our Christmas Holidays and ‘late starters”, but you will still follow the ’23 things’ Blog' to complete tasks.

How do I track my progress? Each staff member that chooses to participate in this program will be required to keep a blog to track their own progress. Basically you will make regular posts to your Blog about what you are learning, likes dislikes etc. Noting each week and addressing each 'Thing'!

An Excel spreadsheet will be kept at LSS where your progress will be recorded. This can be viewed on the Intranet.

Will there be any training classes offered to show staff how to do this?
No, this is a self-directed learning program. If you feel you need assistance with an item, you are encouraged to be resourceful and to find a co-worker or another staff member who can help. Reading other staff members blogs can help, too.

Can I work ahead through the list of items on my own?
Yes, of course. You are encouraged to self-direct your discovery process, especially by working ahead on your own!!

Net Library Alternative.

The Net Library subscription is unavailable to us .......SO!
We would like you to look at World EBook Library's 'World EBook Fair' site.
There are FREE downloads here from the Gutenberg Project.

If you have Real Player or Windows Media Player installed you can listen right there or download to an MP3 device.

Interesting links can also be found at the World EBook Fair site

Historical Childrens Ebooks

eMovies and other collections

What if I need help - who can I call?
Since this program is self-directed and is being completed by many staff members throughout the system simultaneously, you are encouraged to work with colleagues along your discovery journey. A link to the list of the participants will appear on our YPLearning Blog.

Help is also available from Lynette Lewis and Denise McLarty at LSS.

Contact us 3 ways:

Email, Phone, Groupwise messenger ID (realtime chat)


Learning 2.0 Begins!

Today we have sent out this email to All Staff with a brief explanation of the Learning 2.0 Project.
Invitations to the Launch of the Project on October 13th will be sent to All Staff .

"We are about to Launch an exciting new initiative in Professional Development at Yarra Plenty Library.

Learning 2.0 is an Online Learning Program that encourages staff to learn more about emerging Web technologies that are changing the way people, society and libraries access information and communicate with each other.

Learning 2.0 can equip us with a new set of skills that will enhance our profile as information specialists in an Online Environment.

Learning 2.0 will show we are constantly working towards providing a high level of Online Customer Service that is now expected by our patrons and colleagues.

Invitations to All Staff will arrive shortly to the Launch of this Project.
We strongly encourage ALL STAFF to take this wonderful opportunity to participate in this Fantastic Program! "

Denise McLarty and Lynette Lewis
on behalf of
The Learning 2.0 Training Committee


Library 2.0 Resources

This Wikipedia page is an excellent resource for all things Library 2.0.
Many interesting articles and references worth reading.

In a nutshell:

"The heart of Library 2.0 is user-centered change. It is a model for library service that encourages constant and purposeful change, inviting user participation in the creation of both the physical and the virtual services they want, supported by consistently evaluating services. It also attempts to reach new users and better serve current ones through improved customer-driven offerings. Each component by itself is a step toward better serving our users; however, it is through the combined implementation of all of these that we can reach Library 2.0"
Casey, Michael & Savastinuk, Laura. (2006) Library 2.0: Service for the Next-generation Library, Library Journal, September 1, 2006.

Use Podcasting to download and listen to the latest in 2.0 at 'Talking with Talis"

A 50 min, 34mb, MP3 file Introducing the Library 2.0 Gang explores what 'Library 2.0' means, and looks at some of the changes that this phrase has attempted to capture.

Get going with an RSS Reader

The best way to learn about RSS Feeds and Feed Readers is to actually start using one!

Using an RSS Reader like Bloglines allows you to store all your Feeds in one spot and browse at your leisure. You get to see how many feeds have arrived and decide when you will read them.

You may decide to allow the feeds to accumulate and read a Blog (or website) feed when they reach a certain amount eg. Stephens's Lighthouse had 4 feeds yesterday and 10 today....It might be a good time to browse them.

You can start your Bloglines Account (its FREE) with 1 or 2 feeds and then build from there. Obviously the more feeds you have, the more 'new' content will arrive.

Reading Feeds regularly keeps you in the loop and by gleaning information from others, it saves you 'reinventing the wheel' again!