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Journal Article


Education and Arts






This article was originally published as: Gross, J. & Leslie, L. (2008). Twenty-three steps to learning web 2.0 technologies in an academic library. The Electronic Library, 26, 6, 790-802. Original article available here


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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