This is the start of your Learning 2.0 program. From here, click on the links below, or you can simply scroll down.

Good luck and have fun!!

WordPress Part 1, Part 2

BiblioCommons Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Facebook Part 1, Part 2, Part 3








Feedly Part 1, Part 2



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WordPress (Michael Cruickshank)

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What is it?

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WordPress is an online tool that allows you to publish your thoughts and ideas, share any form of online media, and re-post things you like from other users in the form of an online blog. No code knowledge or internet mastery required – just basic computer skills. It provides a seemingly endless array of templates, many of which are customizable (and you can always pay a little extra for the really fancy ones),  for you to use on your site, so set up is easy. You can be up and posting on your new blog in less than a half hour. For those who are a little more adventurous and savvy on the internet can build their own templates from the ground up. You can use WordPress to ‘follow’ other bloggers, and you will be notified about updates on all your favourite pages. A highly dynamic and customizable tools that allows two way conversations between the site owner (you) and your audience (your followers).

WordPress can be used in library settings in many capacities, providing a free space to create a website where interactive sharing and feedback is important, such as writing groups, or book clubs. Many blogs about libraries and library innovations are posted on WordPress, among millions of other topics. Blogs are an excellent source of cutting edge information and keeping current with new developments, as well as a place for subjective observations and insights.

Signing up for WordPress

How do I get it?

Set up is fairly simple with 7 steps that will take you from nothing, to having your first post on your new blog.

1.  Go to the WordPress homepage, and select the “Get Started” button.

2.  Fill out the form provided, using a current and active e-mail address, create a username and password, and finally creating a blog URL address. All of these things can be changed and customized later on if you decided you don’t like it, so don’t worry about it too much.

Confirmation Email

3. WordPress will now send you an e-mail to the address your provided, to ensure security that you are who you say you are. Just check your e-mail and click on the link they provided you with to activate your account.

4. Set up your blogSetting Up Your Blog

You will be directed to a WordPress page where you can now start to set up your actual blog, just give a title for your new blog, a Tagline or quick description of the blog, and finally, your language of preference. Again, you will be able to change these later, so don’t get too hung up on naming your blog.

5. Choose a theme

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WordPress will now offer you a large array of different theme packages that will determine the over all look and feel of your new blog. Pick anything that strikes you, or that relates to the topic you are going to focus your blog on. While there are some high-end theme packages available for a price, there are plenty of free options available that are beautiful and highly customizable. You can select a theme and explore it, see what its options are, and get a sense of the look and feel of each one. Remember – you can change this later, so don’t fret over it. Enjoy the process of creating!

6.  Next, WordPress will give you the option to invite people from your existing social networking sites, (i.e. Facebook and Twitter)  to come check out your blog. This is a very easy process and a great way to let people know you are creating a new blog they might be interested in.

Your First Post

7.  Your are ready for your first post, and WordPress will guide you right to the page to do just that. You can add text, pictures, videos, links and much more. If you want to keep working on your post before publishing it, just save it to your Drafts and it will be waiting for you next time you log in. If you are happy with your debut post – click publish. Congratulations. You are a blogger.

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WordPress Part Two

Okay, I’m Signed up. Now what?

The initial set-up process should have given you an idea on how to make actual posts to your new blog. You should take the time to play around and learn how to upload media from your computer, sharing with other users and platforms, and what options are available to you.

What you need to to do is get acquatinted with your Dashboard. Your Dashboard is the central control for everything to do with your blog. This is where you can find the stats for how many hits your blog is getting, who is commenting on what, even what you have commented on in the past. You can draft new posts, publish them to the web, or edit old ones. Upload media, create content and manipulate various plug-ins  for your blog from the dashboard. You can also alter the appearance of your blog and customize your theme template. It’s also your home base for keeping track of all the blogs you choose to follow. It can seem a little bit overwhelming at first, so just take a deep breath and dive into one option or tool at a time and explore the interface.

Congratulations!  You’ve completed the WordPress module.

Why not reflect on your experience with WordPress as a blog post on your new blog? Did you find it easy to set up? What do you think you might use your blog for?

Take it Further:

Learn WordPress:

Why Blog?

10 Tips for Using WordPress:

Writing a Good Blog – For Dummies:

Sweet Ideas: 50 Things to Blog about:

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BiblioCommons (Kate Charuk)

What is BiblioCommons?

BiblioCommons is a platform used for online public access catalogues (OPACs).  It’s embedded right into library websites. Many public libraries are using BiblioCommons including Edmonton Public Library, New York Public Library, Ottawa Public Library and Vancouver Public Library.

BiblioCommons does a lot more than older generation library catalogues that only let users search for materials. Instead, BiblioCommons users get involved in making and sharing new content, commenting on the collection, and connecting with the community of people that use it.

If you regularly use BiblioCommons, you may think you know it inside-out — if so, this module should be a breeze! For most of us, though, there are at least a few features we’ve not yet explored such as tagging, video reviews, recommended lists and following other users.

How Do I Get Set Up?

Log in boxMany staff will be familiar with this process.  If you already have a BiblioCommons account set up skip to the next section.
For staff new to BiblioCommons:
  • Make sure you have an active library account and you know your password
  • Click the “login” box on the website and fill in your bar code number and password
  • Create a username, add your email address if you would like to receive emails notices about your account, and sign off on the terms of use.

Okay, I’m Signed Up. Now What?

First, take some time to explore your account.My Account
  • My Borrowing: see materials you have checked out, on hold, and recently returned.  You can also see fines and pay them online.
  • My Collections: track materials you have read (“Completed”), are in the middle of reading (“In Progress”), or want to read (“For Later”). There is also a section for lists you create “My Lists.”
  • My Community: connect with other library users.
Now, let’s jump in:

Part 1 – Rate and review

Find a title of something you’ve read/watched/listened to/played in the library’s catalogue search box.  E.g. “The Paper Bag Princess”.Paper Bag Princess search When you find it in the search results you’ll notice it may have an “Average Rating” of stars next to it. When you click on the item title, you should see a place for “My Rating.”  Select the number of stars you think it’s worth.  Ta-da!
You should get a message like this:
Completed Shelf message
When you rate an item it automatically adds it to your “completed” shelf.  Go to your shelf and see your new item.
**It’s important to know that you can set items in your shelves to be “private” (viewable only by you) or “shared” (publicly viewable in the catalogue). You can see whether an item in your list is private, because it will be marked with a lock icon. lock icon
If you hit any snags, remember you can always ask other staff, the Learning 2.0 Coordinator, or consult the BiblioCommons help directory.
Add a comment
Ok, now let’s contribute something more substantial than a star.
First, find an item in the catalogue you can say something about. Scroll down the item description until you get to Community Activity.
Read what others are saying, then click the blue “Add a Comment” button – and tell the world what you think.
While you’re at it, check out the other tabs:
  • Age: suggest an appropriate age range
  • Summaries: add these for items that have incomplete information (lots of other language materials are catalogued without descriptions)
  • Notices: warn people about particular content
  • Quotes: offer fun teasers
  • Videos: include an embedded link to an online video — hosted, for example on Youtube or Vimeo.

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BiblioCommons – Part 2

Add a tag and a video

Add a video

Wait a minute —  You don’t know how to make a video?
No problem!
An easy way to add a video to BiblioCommons without having to make one yourself is to find a book trailer or author interview online and add it.  All you need to do is grab the right link for embedding the file.
The following video will show you how to grab the link you need from YouTube and add it to BiblioCommons

Another place you can click to add a comment is on the side menu box.bibliocommons_options
While you’re there, notice that you can also “add tags” to the item. Click to “tag” the item with some relevant words. (Tags are like personal labels that anyone can apply to categorize something online — tagging library materials is like a grassroots cataloging.  Read more about tags).
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BiblioCommons – Part 3

Part 3 — Make and share a list of recommended items

One great way staff and patrons can enrich the library catalogue is by creating lists of materials.
To see what kind of lists already exist do a search for a topic of your choice, selecting “list” from the drop down menu.
For example, I searched for lists about cats:


Now your turn. 

  • create new listThink of a topic. The list you make could just be about anything — e.g. hip hop, cooperative video games, or library materials inspired by Boris Yeltsin.
  • Go to the item page for a material you want to add to your list
  • Click on “save to a list” then “create new list”
  • Fill in the form.  Give your list a name, type and description, then make sure to mark whether you want it to be private or shared.  (For this exercise make it public so you can share it with your colleagues in your blog post).
  • The list will automatically pop up.  Use the “add an item” button to add more titles, or search the catalogue and click  “save to a list” and then “existing lists” from any item page.
Find some friends to follow
follow_listBiblioCommons lets you connect with other library users and staff — in any library that uses their platform.  It’s great for learning about new music, books, films and games, among other things of interest.
Finding people to follow:
  • Find someone’s review or book list that interests you — wondering what else they’re into?
  • Click on the green plus next to the username to follow them.  (It is instant and anonymous)
  • Choose whether you want to follow everything they post, or just certain categories, such as film reviews.
Congratulations!  You are now officially a BiblioCommons superstar.
Don’t forget to reflect on your learning process and share your struggles and successes in your brand new WordPress blog.  Consider what the web 2.0 features BiblioCommons can offer our patrons.

Take it further

As a bonus step, this week share something you learned about BiblioCommons with a library patron.
Want to go even further? Consider how can you add value to the catelogue content through the creation and sharing of lists.  e.g. Maybe patrons at your branch would really benefit from a list of great Spanish picture books. Talk to your supervisor and colleagues about helping make this happen.

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Facebook (Michael Cruickshank)

Facebook can seem pretty intimidating, so once you have completed all three modules, give yourself permission to just muck around and get dirty. Take your time and try out one new thing each day, because the more you know about Facebook, the more you can make it work for you or your library.

It’s not feasible to try to examine all the components that make up the user experience of Facebook here, rather this is an attempt to provide the basics required to set up and get started.

 What is it?

“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world  more open and connected” (

About Facebook

Facebook is the world’s largest and most popular social networking tool that allows you to connect with your friends, family, co-workers, and people all over the world. It also provides a platform  for sharing anything you find on the internet or have  saved on your computer or device with all of your ‘friends’ with just one click. It provides a multi-media experience tailored to your interests. Facebook, unlike many other social media platforms, allows you to have control over your privacy settings such as who exactly can see each post. Libraries can use it to promote programs and activities, to engage with their patrons on all sorts of topics and issues, thereby increasing the presence of the library in their daily lives. Facebook allows a library to promote special events, or create ‘groups‘ for books clubs or teen programs so participants can continue to contribute outside of library walls or specific time frames. It is a perfect way to keep patrons informed about any information that needs to be spread widely and quickly, and its free!

 How do I get set up?

Screen Shot 2013-10-26 at 10.58.13 AM Getting set up with Facebook is easy: Go to www. and provide your first and last name, a current e-mail address, and your date of birth. Create a password, click ‘Sign Up.’ Welcome to Facebook!

Okay, I’m Signed up. Now what? 

Screen ShotFacebook is huge, with 1 110 million users, as of March 31 2013, so you probably already know lots of people who use it. Facebook will  ask you to share some of your existing contact lists from various e-mail addresses you may have, showing you all those people in your contacts who already have Facebook accounts, and you can request to ‘friend’ them by clicking on the “request friend” button by their names.

Your “friends” are all the people you make a connection with over Facebook. There is a tab near the top of your Facebook home page appropriately called “Find Friends,” you can use this tab anytime to find people you might know.  The link leads you through various steps and options that will allow you to find people you already know, be it from e-mail addresses in your contacts list, or because Facebook recognizes you and your “Friends” are likely have mutual friends as well. You can also search for specific people by name, city, or common event, like members of your high school grad year, or even your hometown.

Facebook will prompt you to upload your first picture, and this will be your profile picture, so follow the instructions on the screen. You can take a picture instantly using a webcam or mobile device, or you can upload a picture from your computer or device.

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