The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County does a lot of innovative things, but their new staff development technology training program is one of my favorites. It’s called 23 Things and involves 9 weeks of working with new technologies. Here are some of the words from the description… ‘discover,’ ‘take a look,’ ‘explore,’ ‘have fun,’ and ‘play around.’ Those are words that represent a new way of thinking about technology learning. The format, tone, and flexibility of the program are all impressive. I don’t work for the library system, but I feel like doing the tasks!
I would guess that providing people the space and the incentive to try out these new technologies will be much more effective than offering 9-weeks worth of workshops on these same topics would be.