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Twenty‐three steps to learning Web 2.0 technologies in an academic library

Julia Gross (Edith Cowan University Library, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia)
Lyn Leslie (Edith Cowan University Library, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 14 November 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to report on the adoption and evaluation of a Learning 2.0 program in a pilot program at the Edith Cowan University Library during 2007.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper examines the suitability of Learning 2.0 for training eight “early adopters” among library staff in the new and emerging Web 2.0 technologies. The program was set up and deployed via a blog, which recorded staff progress through the nine‐week implementation phase of the program. At the conclusion, a focus group was held and the pilot group members responded to questions about the relevance of the program, and the effectiveness of their learning.

Findings

It was found that library staff responded positively to this program, not least because it adhered to adult learning principles. For the authors' purpose, Learning 2.0 was an eminently suitable training package.

Originality/value

The paper is unique in that Edith Cowan University Library was the first Australian university library to adopt Learning 2.0.

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Citation

Gross, J. and Leslie, L. (2008), "Twenty‐three steps to learning Web 2.0 technologies in an academic library", The Electronic Library, Vol. 26 No. 6, pp. 790-802. https://doi.org/10.1108/02640470810921583

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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