August 25, 2006

Five Weeks To A Social Library

.: Interested in an upcoming online course on how to apply social software in your library? A course that will be taught by experts, using freely available software and web-based tools? Amanda Etches-Johnson and four other librarians, pulled together by Meredith Farkas, are working on a proposal to present Five Weeks To A Social Library. Given the top reputation of Amanda and the other librarians involved, I don't think it would be a stretch to suggest that the time invested in this effort will be more than worth it. From Amanda's site:

CFP: Five Weeks to a Social Library
Location: Online
Dates: February 12 - March 17, 2007
CFP Deadline: September 22, 2006

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.

The course will take place between February 12 and March 17 and will be limited to forty participants. However, course content will be freely viewable to interested parties and all live Webcasts will be archived for later viewing.

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