Cam23 launched on Monday at the Judge Library, with lots of librarians attending*. There was, I thought, quite a buzz in the room, a sense of anticipation. We were asked to find buddies to pair up with. I shamelessly agreed to buddy up with at least 4 people, my rationale being that if this project is to succeed then support is very important. I hope I’m not treading on any toes by offering mine to more than one person.
So, I’ve done the first two Things, has it been worth it? Yes, definitely. In light of some skepticism in my first post about the project- though more about web 2.0 – this may seem surprising. I’ve learned some things. That always makes anything worthwhile doesn’t it? I think the most important thing I’ve learned, or re-learned, is that discovering and using new tools are not entirely the same thing. Take igoogle for example, because I have a google account for the library I had come across igoogle, and looked at it a few times but really wasn’t tempted to even try doing anything with it. Now I have, I still don’t think it’s for me, but at least now I can say I’ve tried it with a purpose.I’m not dismissing it just because I don’t like the look of it. Cam23 has given me a context within which to really use and evaluate some of these tools – some that I’ve used before, some not.
Anyone new to web 2.0 technologies and wishing to learn about them should really take this opportunity to try them out with the focus that cam23 brings.
Lastly, I’ve set up a little survey for each of the Things – there’s two part to each thing; the first asks if you’ve done the Thing/s of the week and the second is a text box where you can ask for help or leave comments – good or bad. I’ve also set it up so that anyone can look at the results should they so desire.
Now I need to do some twitter sorting, but maybe later. I’ve got work tomorrow and the Belleville Rendez-vous to watch right now…
*have we agreed yet on what the collective noun for librarians is? Is it a silence of librarians, or a stack? I like the idea of a cardigan of librarians