The Start of 23 Mobile Things

4 May

Many people mistakenly believe that Abigail and I created the 23 Mobile Things program.  While flattering, this is not true.  We are just ‘service providers’, using the material provided by Jan Holmquist, Mylee Joseph and Kathryn Barwick to bring you an interactive experience.

So how did this program come to be?

Here is a timeline courtesy of Mylee:

2006 – Helene Blowers invented the first 23 Things course at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (USA) as a way of encouraging all of their staff to explore web 2.0 technology in a fun, self paced way.  It was also the best way she could think of to reach so many so quickly across their library service.

2007 – Helene visits Australia on one of many speaking visits around the world talking about the course and inspires literally hundreds of versions of the course in many different languages around the world – Mylee together with @ellenforsyth hear her presentation and are inspired to create a 23 things style course for the NSW public library network (2,400 people)

2008 – Ellen Forsyth and Mylee Joseph launch NSW Public Libraries Learning 2.0 a course that more than 1,000 people participate in.  Ellen continues the course with Learning 2.1 as technology continues to evolve

2012 – Six years on Helene reflects on the impact 23 things has had on the library world around the world

2012 – Tweetup in Denmark means @janholmquist and @myleejoseph meet in person for the first time.  Jan has recognised the game changing impact of mobile technologies for libraries and has a plan to help his library colleagues to develop their skills and awareness.  Jan is about to launch #23mobileting for the staff at Guldborgsund-bibliotekerene in Danish, with input from Dr Michael Stephens and he is keen to also make the course available to English speaking colleagues.   Mylee knows how effective this style of self paced learning, play and reflection has been in the past and offers to help adapt the course to English.

2013 – Adapting 23 Mobile Things is included in the activities of the State Library of NSW’s Innovation Project (Mylee and Kathryn Barwick are the Innovation Project Team) and the website is launched via Tame the Web

Mylee and Jan

So there you have it, In April it was launched and on Monday we start our journey here at #anz23mthings.

Don’t forget to visit their blog or twitter account.

Do you want to know more?  Have a question for Jan, Mylee or Kathryn?  Well you can ask them.  Leave your question as a comment, on twitter (please use the hashtag #anz23mthings) or on facebook and we will ask them.

We are having a Google + hangout on Wednesday 8th May 2013 at 6pm (EST Australia), 8pm (Auckland- NZ).  As G+ limits the number of people in the hangout, we are going to live stream it on youtube.  We will update you with the link closer to the time.

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  1. ANZ 23 mobile things #anz23mthings | The Way Forward - May 6, 2013

    [...] This free new online learning opportunity for Australian and New Zealand library type people is one not to be missed. Read how ANZ 23 mobile things came to fruition. [...]

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