Tuesday, February 20, 2007

SJSU and SJPL participate in Learning 2.0 Program

Many of us have heard about and some of us are using Web 2.0 technologies in our libraries.

Learning 2.0 is an innovative online program about Web 2.0 technologies developed by Helene Blowers, Public Services Technology Director at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The design of this online program was completely built on Web 2.0 technologies that are freely available on the Internet. These sites include: Blogger, Flickr, Odeo, YouTube, PBWiki & Bloglines.

A team from the merged libraries of SJSU King Library and San Jose Public Library adapted the Blowers model and launched the SJSU/SJPL Learning 2.0 program for employees at the joint library. Participants are learning about RSS, podcasts, YouTube, Del.icio.us, Wikis, and other technologies having an impact on our professional and personal lives. The joint library has received hits from around the world, according to a cluster map on its blog as well as a few individuals not affiliated with either library who wish to participate in the program.

SJSU/SJPL hopes that other libraries in California and elsewhere consider offering this program to their staff. Libraries interested in adapting the program are encouraged to contact Helene Blowers or visit the About Page of the PLCMC Learning 2.0 program she designed.

Questions or comments regarding the SJSU/SJPL Learning 2.0 program may be sent to the following email address:


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