SPEC Kit 304: Social Software in Libraries · 83
24. If library staff use of social software is voluntary, have there been any efforts to encourage staff
to participate? N=56
Yes 46 82%
No 10 18%
If yes, please briefly describe what has been done.
Workshops 22 31%
Presentations 12 17%
2.0 training program 7 10%
Marketing 7 10%
One-on-one training 6 8%
Administrative mandate 5 7%
Brown bag 5 7%
Committee work 5 7%
Tutorials 2 3%
“A ‘soft’ approach—exposure to tools and discussions about their possible uses; exposure through various
committees that use the tools to conduct their work.”
“A brown bag session was offered on using the Wiki. Brief workshops have been offered on up-and-coming
technological tools such as Second Life and Skype. A recruitment workflow for the blog has been developed
that includes informational meetings for those who might be potential blog contributors, one-on-one training
sessions on how to post, and a print guide for contributors.”
“A multi-week exploration course distributed via our staff intranet, with (optional) hands-on training weekly.
A party is scheduled for those completing the course.”
“Brown bag presentations about social software have been given.”
“Committee on Professional Development has sponsored a series of hands-on workshops for staff on use of
social software; ongoing workshops on use of Wikis.”
“Committees discuss how librarians are using the tools on a regular basis. These discussions encourage others
to participate.”
“Directors encourage their staff to explore new technologies.”
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