Twitter to the Rescue?!

Editor’s Note: Due to a technological glitch, authorship of this post is attributed to Jason Sowards.  Meg Martin is the author of this post.

Why care about Twitter? Well, I found compelling reasons for understanding how Twitter can be useful and not merely entertaining in the Fastcase blog. The reasons included assistance to an emergency response physician, an American in Argentina with a sick husband, and veterinary care for a dog owner in Beirut. Suddenly I was re-thinking Twitter…

A chance to learn about Twitter and other useful web 2.0 technologies is coming again this August sponsored by the CS-SIS. I participated last year as a student (this year I’m a facilitator) and thought it was a great way to be exposed to a variety of Web 2.0 possibilities. Here’s the official announcement:

Announcing the Web 2.0 Challenge 2009: A Free, Online Course to Introduce Law Librarians to Web 2.0 Technologies

Last year the AALL Computing Services Special Interest Section sponsored the first Web 2.0 Challenge, an online course to introduce law librarians to social software and how to use it in their libraries. The course was so popular CS-SIS is sponsoring it again in 2009.
The Web 2.0 Challenge will provide a free, comprehensive, and social online learning opportunity designed for law librarians that will incorporate hands-on use of these technologies. The course is intended for law librarians who have little experience with these technologies but are interested in learning more.

The online course will take place between August 3 and September 6. The five week course will cover these areas:

Week 1: Blogs & RSS
Week 2: Flickr & Social Bookmarking Software
Week 3: Social Networking Software and Twitter
Week 4: Wikis and LibGuides
Week 5: Web 2.0 @ Your Library

Participants will be required to complete a series of weekly activities, including viewing an instructional screencast, completing hands-on exercises based on the lesson, weekly blogging about their experience, and participating in a weekly small group chat session. The course will culminate with each participant developing a proposal for implementing a specific social software tool in their library.

Full enrollment will be limited to approximately one hundred participants. However, course content will be freely viewable to anyone who wishes to follow along. Enrolled participants who complete all activities are eligible for final prize drawings (prizes provided by CS-SIS). Certificates will also be awarded to all participants who complete the course.

We anticipate opening enrollment June 22nd. There is no charge for this course and enrollment will be offered on a first come first served basis.

For more information, visit the CS-SIS website. If you have any questions you may contact Meg Kribble (mkribble AT law.harvard,edu) or Sally Irvin (irvinsa AT wfu.edu).

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