ALA wants you for library innovation!

What do you get when you cross a handful of highly talented individuals, an exciting new library movement, ALA and blogs? Well, the Library 2.0 Innovation Boot Camp, of course!

I can’t tell you how impressed I am at this course and the people who have, obviously, dedicated a great deal of their time and effort to it.

But, what is it, exactly? Kathleen Gilroy writes:

We are using a new model for delivering this program that is very different from other e-learning programs you may have joined. In the traditional model you have a course management system where all of your activities take place. In the traditional model, all of the activities and your participation in the course is highly structured within this typically closed and proprietary system.

In this program you will be participating in a Learning Network. This Learning Network can be thought of as an online platform with a constantly changing structure built by distributed, autonomous, and largely self-interested peers. On this platform we will build this course collectively. We will all be using blogs and podcasts to create content. Links and tags will knit this content together. And search and RSS will make the content visible and navigable and help you stay on top of it all.

Having just participated in HigherEd BlogCon 2006, I’m beginning to build a stronger appreciation for this online format and exchange of ideas. I truly hope people take advantage of this “Boot Camp” because these opportunities don’t come along very often. This type of hands-on experience is exactly what library professionals need to become familiar and comfortable with L2 concepts. Short of visiting every library in the country (and beyond), this is the best way of getting these tools out from behind the glass and into the hands of willing staffers.

Also, Jenny Levine and Michael Stephens have put together a fantastic reading list for the course on Squidoo–an interesting Web 2.0 tool that creates topical ‘lenses’ to be shared, discussed, and built-upon in typical 2.0 fashion. Be sure to check it out. There’s a good blend of both old and new material in there. What I really like about using tools like Squidoo for a project like this is that I can very easily point others to it as a starting point for their journey 2.0.

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