It is a strange day when I go to work without my phone- I truly feel my left hand is missing, and as I’m left handed, this is a pretty big deal.
However now there is another reason with the 23 mobile things program.
This is modelled on the 23 things which was pioneered in 2006/7 by Helene Blowers in the United States and spread to other libraries across the world. Public library staff took it up with gusto, as a means of skilling oneself in the use of new media and technologies without having to attend formal classes. It was self-paced, and led to a surge in enthusiasm for professional development. It also led to a huge swell of blogs now gathering dust (with names I would have loved to use when I first decided to start blogging nearly four years ago :)).
The new program builds upon the original 23 things with the focus being on mobile services and how they can be used to provide a service to library users.
There is an Australian/New Zealand component being coordinated with a
I have joined up, because it should be fun filling in knowledge gaps, a chance to find more library people to chat to and to quietly encourage staff at work to have a go at it. Given a great deal of our clients are surgically attached to their phones, it may be a good chance for staff to get to grips with what a phone and/or tablet can provide.