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Welcome to The Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s A Dozen Ways to Two-Step program & blog.

We’re glad you’re here!!

**By request – we are now offering this program a third time — from now through August 31, 2012! **

A Dozen Ways to Two-Step is the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s much shorter version of the popular 23 Things Program — a program that is based on the work of Helene Blowers, currently the director of digital strategy at Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library. We are allowed to use and modify it for our purposes under this Creative Commons license.  We would also like to note that this version is adapted from the Central Texas Library System’s 23 Things Program, and we wish to thank CTLS for their help!

A Dozen Ways to Two-Step encourages Texas library staff to learn more about emerging technologies on the web that are changing the way people, society, and libraries access information and communicate with each other. It is your chance to Explore…Play!…and Learn about web 2.0 tools and how they can be useful to you both personally and in your library. Learn at a pace that is comfortable for you, and share your learning experiences with your colleagues in the Texas library community. As this program only focuses on twelve “things” that we feel are most essential to understanding Web 2.0, we hope that you will look forward to offerings of more advanced Web 2.0 topics in the future.

To familiarize yourself with this project, be sure to read the About page. The FAQs should answer most of your questions about this program. If not, then please add your question to the FAQ page as a comment.

The program was first offered from September 2009 through February 2010 and then again from March 2010 through August 2011. By popular demand, this program is being offered a third time. The current program will run through August 31, 2012; however, participants are welcome to complete the program at their own pace. Participants who complete the program are eligible to receive a certificate of completion from the Texas State Library worth 12 CE contact hours. See below for the curriculum and more information about the program.

Contact Naomi DiTullio if you have any questions. Thanks!


A Dozen Ways to Two-Step

Listed below are 12 ways, or methods, that comprise this Web 2.0 Two-Step — 12 methods that explore and expand your knowledge of the Internet and Web 2.0. Complete all twelve methods in numeric order and become a Two-Stepping expert!

Method 1: An Introduction to Web 2.0 and Library 2.0

Read this blog post to learn about Web 2.0 and Library 2.0

Method 2: Blogs

Learn about blogs — set up your own blog and add your first posts.

Method 3: Cloud Computing

Explore the topic of cloud computing and play with some popular online productivity/cloud computing tools such as GoogleDocs and Zoho writer.

Method 4: RSS & Newsreaders

Learn about RSS feeds, set up your own newsreader account, and locate a few useful library related blogs and/or news feeds.

Method 5: Photos & Images

Explore popular image hosting sites like Flickr and Picasa; post an image on your blog.

Method 6 : Videos

Have fun exploring video sharing sites like YouTube, TeacherTube and Google Video, then embed a video in one of your blog posts.

Method 7: Tagging and Social Bookmarking

Learn about tagging and social bookmarking and discover popular related sites such as Diigo and Evernote.

Method 8: Social Networking 

Meet social networking royalty such as Facebook and Twitter; read about issues of online identity and privacy.

Method 9: Chat / IM

Play around with chat and instant messaging.

Method 10: Wikis

Learn about wikis, discover some innovative ways that libraries are using them, and add some information to TSLAC’s Dozen Ways to Two-Step Wiki.

Method 11: Podcasts

Discover the wide world of podcasting and vidcasting.

Method 12: Reflection and Evaluation

Reflect on the things you have learned and complete the course evaluation.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. September 25, 2009

    Thank-you for this opportunity to improve my computer skills. mmw

  2. Demetria Williams permalink
    October 15, 2009

    Thanks for the professional development opportunity. I plan to complete this module over the school year. Of course, I am already behind, so I must accelerate my progress.

  3. Edwina Putney permalink
    November 7, 2009

    Thank you so much for this fantastic opportunity to improve my library and informational technology skills. I am enjoying each step thus far.

  4. Lisa Gunter permalink
    January 29, 2010

    I just discovered this online training event and am starting a bit late. This is a wonderful introduction to the vast array of technological tools that the library staff and the patrons need to be knowledgeable about. At this time, my blog will be reflecting many of my concerns and often confusion about the fast and steady change in the ways in which we store data and communicate with each other and the public. Thank you for this opportunity to learn so much in one well organized location. ( or perhaps in one cloudly location )

  5. naomi permalink
    January 29, 2010

    Glad to have you on board, Lisa! I look forward to reading your blog and am available if you have any questions! Best, Naomi

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