Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Joining Up

Baltimore County Public Library is very pleased to announce our participation in the statewide Maryland Libraries Learning 2.0 - 23 Things project.

The pilot program for the Information Services and Technology Support departments runs from June 4 - September 30, 2007 . They'll help us to work out the details. Registration for the pilot program runs from May 1 to May 25, 2007.

The main program is open to all BCPL staff and runs from July 1 - September 30, 2007. Registration closes on June 25, 2007 July 15th, 2007. After that you won't qualify for any prizes. Hurry and register now!

Program Registration
Register for this program after June 1, 2007. Follow the appropriate link below to register. Once you finish entering your registration information, return to this page( and choose the 23 Things link at the right to start the program! You can also use the "HandyLinks" on the right for easy access to :

  1. the Stephen Abrams article on 43 Things,
  2. a reference sheet for tracking logins and passwords
  3. a 23 Things tracking log to record your progress.
  • Register here if you are in the BCPL Pilot Group. **
    (If you're in this group, you should know it!)

  • Register here if your birthday is from January through March.**

  • Register here if your birthday is from April through June. **

  • Register here if your birthday is from July through September. **

  • Register here if your birthday is from October through December.**

  • **Once you have completed registration come back to this page, click the 23 Things link on the right side of the page, and get started!!
    **Remember, we'll be posting a link to your blog. The link will show the blog title that you select. If you don't want people on the web to know who you are, use an amusing 'handle' rather than your real name. Check the Blog Roll on the right side of this screen to see the names that some of the rest of the particpants have chosen.
    You can cancel your registration anytime.

    Week 2, Thing 4 Details - Registering Your Blog
    To complete Thing #4, you'll need to Register Your Blog. Please use your WORK email address, as registration is monitored. Remember that your blog address can be anonymous on your blog, but your liaison needs to know the address so you can be added to our Participant Blog List. He will also need your completed Tracking Log at the end of the project. You don't want to miss out on CEUs or prizes!

    CEUs and Prizes

    You can earn 1.8 CEUs by completing this program. Participants who complete this program are eligible for a drawing for prizes. The prizes include 4 digital cameras, 3 Zunes, and a grand prize of a Nintendo Wii game system! The drawing will be held on Staff Day, October 8, 2007.

    Please contact your liaisons, Ellen Ward ( or Jim DeArmey ( if you have questions about this project. Don't forget that they are not the instructors, though. They're here to facilitate and help you along. We encourage you to visit each other's blogs for ideas and help with the technologies.

    Participant Blog List
    In addition to this list, don't forget to check out the blogs from other libraries statewide. You have the opportunity to work with lots of library staff across Maryland.

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