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Five Weeks to Social Library

Aug - 21 - 2006
Nicole C. Engard

I have seen this announced in a few places so far (so you might already know about it) and wanted to share it with you all.

Meredith Farkas, Amanda Etches-Johnson, Dorothea Salo, Ellyssa Kroski, Karen Coombs, and Michelle Boule have planned a free online learning event to take place in Febrary and March of next year (I think – even though it says 2006 on the Call For Presenters).

We are pleased to present Five Weeks to a Social Library , the first free, grassroots, completely online course devoted to teaching librarians about social software and how to use it in their libraries. The course was developed to provide a free, comprehensive, and social online learning opportunity for librarians who do not otherwise have access to conferences or continuing education and who would benefit greatly from learning about social software. The course will take place in Drupal and on a MediaWiki installation, and will also involve a variety of other popular social software tools. The course will make use of synchronous components, with one or two weekly Webcasts and many IM chat sessions being made available to students each week. The course will culminate in each student developing a proposal for implementing a specific social software tool in their library.

Sounds like a great idea! If you’d like to present make sure you read the guidelines and get your submissions in by September 22.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Meredith says:

    Thanks for covering it, Nicole!

    Yeah, yeah… it’s 2007. Would you believe that all 6 of us looked at the CFP and none of us noticed that?!?!? I fixed it on my blog and will fix it on the Web site tonight. D’oh!

  2. Nicole says:

    I do believe it – sometimes you’re just too close to something and can’t see the simple mistakes.

    When I first read this it was on a listserv and I had to check the date the email was sent to make sure it was a current message and not an old one – that’s the only reason I mentioned the date.


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