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Shakespeare in Winona! 2004: I was quite excited to learn a professional theatre  group was forming right here in our island city along the Mississippi. I added links to our district web site volunteered in the costume shop, ushered at performances and delivered brochures to the schools. I fully intended not to do any volunteer work that required me to use technology. Then along came web 2.0.

2010. My work as a Friend of Will was the last place I expected to learn. Learn I did. I’ve applied old skills (word processing and email) in  volunteer communications, learned something totally new (e-marketing newsletters with Vertical Response) and applied transferable skills from this blog to my work the Festival blog.   Next on my agenda: A little tech training session for other Friends of Will.   I appreciate and enjoy how the Festival successfully reaches out with Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. An innovative costume shop employee created a VoiceThread discussion surrounding  Desdemona’s costume in Othello.
Media specialists can (and must)  reach out with web 2.0 too.  It’s a best practice!

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How’s “your’ media center web site doing these days? Is it  a “Let’s stop here first” shopping center for information? Is it current? Or, has it been left behind as you move forward with nings, Twitter, blogs, wikis or other web 2.0 tools are there for us to use? Or, worse yet, have district policies and limited access prevented you from doing anything? Whatever the tool, a web presence is essential for advocacy, visibility and information access.  I’ve tweaked some handouts used at conference workshops I’ve given on why media center websites are essential. The forms are here to help you plan. A presentation created for workshops in Kentucky and South Dakota is also included.    No web site yet?  Too many issues to deal with?   The University of Wisconsin-Stout Innovations and Opportunities for Media Specialist class beginning Sept. 28 will help you get going! Create a web site for your class project!

Form_barriers (A brainstorming form to think about perceived and real barriers to creating a web site)

Form_audience_needs (A tool to help you think who will use the media center’s web site)

Essential_Components (A list of key ingredients to help you plan what to include on the web site)

Web_site_workshop_ (PowerPoint)

It’s quite exciting, actually, to learn more ideas for email’s expanded potential for connecting with media center patrons. But as one of my online students so nicely stated, we have filtered and policied out so much of what our patrons would relate to and could easily connect with.

Webinars are a fantastic tool; our participation in the recent Inspire Data webinar generated a high level of interest. Downside: the computer in our conference room wouldn’t accommodate the conferencing software; the phone by a computer that would wasn’t a speaker phone.

I’m planning to arrange a webinar for our elementary software selection committee–slight problem; there is not a speaker phone in the lab — perhaps we will be a passive audience.

This has gotten me thinking about another consideration for planning media centers and labs: The new conference/collaborative group work room in new elementary media center MUST have a good computer and speaker phone. I envision the room being a central meeting place for future small group training sessions and meeting spaces for teachers from all over the district–and a neat spot for some great student experiences.

Webinars are provideaccess to training we might not otherwise attend; the downside for K-12 folks is the difficulty in finding a chunk of time to set aside for full participation in sessions on some of the topics we should know more about. Would be great to involve teachers in some of the MINITEX webinars, but it would be even more difficult for them to find the time. . .

Good old email. I couldn’t do my job without it; yet I believe face-to-face and a piece of paper are needed more than they are used.


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