Anne Marie Casey, Associate Dean of Libraries at Central Michigan University, sent me an e-mail relating to a free short course for librarians being offered online. It is Five Weeks to a Social Library. It looks interesting and might be worthwhile for those new to ideas like blogs to take.
Here is the description from the page:
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 be taught using a variety of social software tools so that the participants acquire experience using the tools while they are taking part in the class. The course will make use of synchronous online communication, with one or two weekly Webcasts and many IM or Skype chat sessions made available to students each week. By the end of the course, each student will develop a proposal for implementing a specific social software tool in their library.
Five Weeks to a Social Library will take place between February 12 and March 17, 2007 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.
We are currently accepting applications for participants in the course. The application process is designed to ensure that the course will benefit those librarians who have the most to gain from learning about social software and who would not otherwise have access to conferences or continuing education. If you are interested in learning how to use and implement social software tools at your library, please consider applying for the course. The course will cover the following topics:
Social Networking Software and SecondLife
Social Bookmarking Software
Selling Social Software @ Your Library
If you are interested in becoming a participant in the course, please visit the Application for Participants.
For a preliminary listing of some of the social software experts who will be presenting during the course, please visit the Preliminary Program.