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Five Weeks to a Social Library: Training Underserved Professional Populations with Social Software

Michelle Boule, Karen Coombs, Amanda Etches-Johnson, Meredith Farkas, Ellyssa Kroski and Dorothea Salo

(Submission #5)


Summary

Despite the unquestioned need for librarians of all stripes to update their skills during their careers, many librarians do not have access to formal training venues such as conferences, continuing-education programs, and even some high-priced, high-bandwidth Internet-based learning. Rural librarians (both public and academic), community-college librarians, and K-12 school librarians are commonly underserved. To see how best Internet-based learning could serve this population, the authors combined commonly-available free and open-source technologies into "Five Weeks to a Social Library" (<http://www.sociallibraries.com/course/>) an Internet-based workshop on social software specifically targeted at underserved professionals.


  
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