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2/28/2009

WJ hosts 23 Things Summit

I’m a little bit bummed that my schedule on Tuesday (March 3rd) won’t permit me to be online for the full event. But I’m happy I will be able to participate in the first half hour and even more pleased to know that WebJunction will be archiving it so I can catch what I have to miss later. :)

"23 Things" is a revolutionary staff development learning concept centered on social collaboration tools. Helene Blowers successfully created the first program while at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Thousands of libraries and library organizations of every size and type have adapted the idea for their staff. Hands-on, self-directed, and innovative, 23 Things style programs have introduced many, many library staff, volunteers, trustees, and others to 2.0 tools like blogs and wikis.

During this 2 hour Summit, organizers from several successful programs around the nation will share best practices and lessons learned. Participants will be able to ask questions and seek advice to help in implementing a similar program.

Who should attend? If you are involved with library training, if you are thinking about implementing a 23 things style program, or if you have already implemented a 23 things style program and want to share what you've learned, then this session is for you!

WebJunction, MaintainIT, the State Library of Kansas, and the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library are collaborating to create this event.


23 Things Summit, Tuesday March 3rd 2-4 EST. FREE (but registration is required)



BTW: I'm yet again blown away to see the impact that this program has had world wide. Just the other day I received an email from a library organization in South Africa inquiring about adopting 23 Things. By my rough count, that means the impact of the program has reached over 15 countries across the globe.

Don't ask me the number of libraries or organizations? With programs having been run by the National Library of Norway, the State Library of Victoria, Maryland public libraries statewide, 23 Things on a Stick for multiple libraries and organizations, I really have no way of knowing the total impact or number of organizations that have adopted the program. But from my delicious links and growing communications folder I can tell you this... the number is definitively over 700 and more then likely hovers somewhere just under 1000 organizations worldwide. Yup, it blows me away too!

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