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The Water Cooler

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on November 18, 2007 at 9:59:46 pm

Welcome to the water cooler. I created this page as a place where we can all post questions and answer them for each other or even better, let the SLL2.0 team answer questions so we can all get the benefit of the answers. I hope some of you will take advantage of this place. I'll post a few questions and see if anyone answers. It would seem to be the most useful if we just posted a question and then whoever answers just puts the answer in as the next post or sentence on the page. Hopefully we won't need to edit or delete each others' questions.


Question for the SLL2.0 team - Just for fun information, how many individuals are now participating in this program? Do you keep up with all of us using bloglines or google reader or do you use different ways?


SLL2.0 Team: Hey, thanks for setting up a "water cooler." There are several ways to answer your questions.

  1. HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS: As to how many participants are currently REGISTERED, at this half-way point in the summer, there are 124 CSLA members and about NON-CSLA BLOGS that registered for SLL2. We have no idea how many are participating "quietly." It could be 10 or 10,000. Also, several other state library associations are offering our SLL2 course to their members, some school districts are offering it or planning to offer it to their teachers in the fall. One fun indicator of SLL2 interest is our ClusterMap, which shows that as of today (July 19, 2007) that there have been 27,000+ visits to the site.
  2. HOW DO WE KEEP UP WITH ALL THE BLOGGERS? Another great question. Thanks to the advice of my friend San Jose State University e-Librarian Christine Holmes, who was on the SJLearning2.0 Team, I immediately set up a bloglines account for all new CSLA member participants. You can see the full list on the right side of School Library Learning 2.0, but I can actually see at a glance whenever a blogger adds a post to their blog. Please note that the blogs are looked at by more than one member of the CSLA 2.0 Team. Each new blogger gets two welcoming greetings; one from the project manager and one from the co-developer. Then, primary "cheering" responsibility goes to a CSLA 2.0 Team member who is responsible for a range of the alphabet (such as blogs whose names start with A-B-C, or D-E-F...and so on.) Of course, all team members and bloggers are charged with (and greatly enjoy) looking at all the blogs and cheering on their colleagues. As project manager, I also set up a Google READER for non-member participants. From time to time, the CSLA 2.0 Team will look at them and cheer them on, but they know from the get-go that they will not get the attention that our CSLA members receive.


I would like to encourage everyone to check out as many blogs as you can - and comment on them! This is the best part of the 2.0 world - the connections we can make. We have folks from all over the world participating and it's great fun to drop in on folks now and then to see what's up.


Ah, I see one has to edit the page to add something.  So what is create a page used for?  This water cooler is exactly what I was looking for a few weeks ago.  Thanks for doing this.  I love, love, love this library learning 2.0 tutorial.  Kudos to everyone!



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