Create +8 is an eight week program designed specifically for you, the staff of the Crandall Library.  During the course of the program, you will be introduced to several Web 2.0 tools and technologies that can be implemented by your library to provide more interactive services, in-sync with emerging methods of information retrieval and creation happening online right now. The original “23 Things” program was designed to encourage independent, interactive learning that complimented the flexibility and user-centered nature of Web 2.0 technologies.  That is also our goal here.  We designed the program to give you a chance to explore new technology and find new and exciting ways to use that technology in your library, but we want you to have fun while you learn, too!

The program will cover nine modules and be 8 weeks long, with 2 weeks to catch up and play and a final week to reflect on the program.  The schedule you will be following is:
Week 1: Launch of Program / Blogging
Week 2: iPad and Kindle
Week 3: Screencasting and Vlogging
Week 4: Catch up/ Play week
Week 5: Pinterest and Goodreads
Week 6: Surveys and Marketing Tools
Week 7: Catch up/Play week
Week 8: Conclusion / Final Reflection for participants

As you can see, four of the weeks include two modules each.  We chose to pair the modules that held similar characteristics.  Each module follows a similar format. You will learn what the “thing” is, how it works, and why it’s useful for your library.  You’ll then get a chance to experience the thing yourself through an activity you will do. After that, you will reflect on your experiences in your blog.  Each module will also include an optional section with links to more information about the thing if you’d like to explore more.

This program is based on Learning 2.0, a self-directed emerging technologies exploration learning program originally created by Helene Blowers and the staff of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. It has been adapted and updated by students in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.


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