A talk given to the Historic Libraries Forum conference 'Hard Times' on Tuesday 15 November 2011.
23 things for professional development training and networking in hard times, by Katie Birkwood, University Library Cambridge
"23 Things‟ is a type of training……which started at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (North Carolina, USA) in August 2006.
the PLCMC course aimed…“…to encourage staff to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the context of information on the Internet today”
23 things course gives participants 23 tools to try out and asks them to write a blog post about each of them.
things are introduced according to a schedule, but participants choose when to do each thing.
blogging is intended to encourage support and communication amongst and between participants.
23 things has been hugely popular…"