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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 heavily 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 to share your learning experiences with your colleagues in the Texas library community.

The program was first offered from September 8, 2009 through February 28, 2010 and again from March 2010 through August 2011. By popular demand, The Texas State Library has chosen to offer the program a third  time. The current offering of this program will run from now through August 31, 2012. Please note that we now have a sequel program available, Beyond Two-Steppin’, that is also currently available through August 31, 2012.

Participants who complete the program are eligible to receive a certificate of completion from the Texas State Library worth 12 CE contact hours. Contact Naomi DiTullio if you have any questions. Thanks!

This blog has been set-up as part of TSLAC’s A Dozen Ways to Two-Step program to encourage staff to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the context of information on the Internet today. The objectives of this program are to:

  • encourage exploration of Web 2.0 and new technologies by Texas library staff.
  • provide staff with new tools (that are freely available on the Internet) to better support their library’s mission.

The Learning 2.0 program was designed by Helene Blowers, PLCMC Technology Director, with the support and assistance of several staff and is loosely based upon Stephen Abram’s article, 43 Things I (or You) might want to do this year (Information Outlook – Feb 2006) and the website 43 Things.
The design of this online program was completely built on Web 2.0 technologies that are freely available on the Internet. These sites include: WordPress, Blogger, Flickr, YouTube, PBworks & Bloglines.

Certificates of Completion: (back to top)

This program qualifies for twelve (12) hours of TSLAC Continuing Education credit or twelve (12) hours of SBEC Continuing Education credit for school librarians (SBEC provider identification #500799).

Staff have until August 31, 2012, to complete the program.

Staff who finish all program exercises and who email Naomi DiTullio with “A Dozen Ways completion” in the subject line and their name and blog URL in the body of the email will, upon verification of completion, automatically receive an electronic certificate of completion via email from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission within 7-10 business days of program completion.

The certificate will indicate both TSLAC and SBEC credit hours.

SBEC Contact Information: (back to top)

Please direct any comments or complaints related to SBEC to:
Information and Support Center toll free 1 (888) 863-5880, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. CST
Headquarters (512) 936-8400, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST
State Board for Educator Certification, 4616 W. Howard Lane, Suite 120, Austin, TX 78728
Fax (512) 238-3201
Web Site: http://www.sbec.state.tx.us, E-mail: sbec@sbec.state.tx.us

Frequently Asked Questions: (back to top)

  • How does this online learning program work?
    This is a self-discovery program which encourages staff to take control of their own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY. There will be no classes or workshops offered to support this program. Instead, staff are encouraged to work together and share with each other their discoveries, techniques and “how to’s” both in person and through their blogs.
  • Are there any pre-requisites for the program?
    No, other than that participants should be comfortable working with a personal computer and an Internet browser.
  • What are the system or connectivity requirements?
    This course is delivered via the Internet and contains links to several media rich and/or social networking sites such as YouTubeFlickr, and Facebook. It is recommended that participants have an updated browser and a high speed Internet connection. Pop-up blockers should be disabled. In addition, if participants know in advance that popular social networking sites are blocked at their workplace (such as YouTube and Facebook), they should request the ability to visit these sites for the purpose (and duration) of this training program. If access to particular sites cannot be granted in the workplace, participants should ask about receiving work time to complete those exercises from home or from another Internet access point.
  • How do I sign up for the program?
    In Method 2 (blogs), I’ll have you create a blog and then register for the program by completing an online registration form. The registration form will ask for the URL to your blog, which is how I will be able to read your responses to each discovery exercise and check your progress in the program. For Method 1, you can just complete the activities and save the paragraphs to post to your blog in Method 2.
  • Is this program open to all Texas library staff or just some?
    This program is open to ALL Texas library staff  regardless of position and status (full and part time, volunteer, board members, etcetera). If you are a librarian but do not work or reside within Texas, you are welcome to follow along, however TSLAC cannot award you with a certificate of completion.
  • How long do I have to complete the program?
    The program ends on August 31, 2012.
  • How do I track my progress for each of the Dozen Ways to Two-Step?
    Each staff member that chooses to participate in this program will be required to keep a blog to track their progress — the  blog address will be submitted via the program registration form in Method 2.
  • If I don’t work for a Texas  library, can I still participate?
    Yes, by all means. However, the Texas State Library cannot award you a certificate of completion.
  • Will there be any training classes offered to show staff how to do this?
    No, this is a self-directed learning program. If you feel you need assistance with an item, you are encouraged to be resourceful and to find a co-worker or another staff member who can help. Reading other staff member’s blogs can help, too. Teenagers are another good resource!
  • I’ve seen the list of the Dozen Ways on the website, but how do I know what to do with them?
    Beginning with Method 1, work your way through all twelve methods (in numeric order) at a pace that is convenient for you (but that is still within the program timeline). Each method entry will include a “discovery exercises” section and will list specific instructions. These are the instructions you must follow in order to successfully complete the program.
  • What if I need help – who can I call?
    Since this program is self-directed and is being completed by many staff members throughout the state simultaneously, you are encouraged to work with colleagues along your discovery journey. To find a list of staff participating see The Participants. (Alternatively, why not recruit a co-worker to take the program at the same time?)
  • I don’t feel comfortable with my co-workers reading my blog. Can I participate anonymously?
    Yes and no. Since you control all the information that you share on your blog, you can choose to use a screen name to identify yourself to keep yourself anonymous. However, in order to receive a certificate of completion, you will need to identify yourself to Naomi DiTullio , Distance Learning Consultant with the Texas State Library. Your record of progress will be posted on the Participants page with your blog name, not your actual name.
  • Once I complete all of the Dozen Ways, how do I get my CE Certificate?
    Texas library staff who finish all program exercises must email Naomi DiTullio with “A Dozen Ways completion” in the subject line and their name and blog URL in the body of the email. Upon verification of completion, we will update our records and automatically email you an electronic certificate of completion within 7-10 business days of program completion. The certificate will indicate both TSLAC and SBEC credit hours and will be e-mailed to the email address provided on the request form within four weeks.

Don’t find your question answered here? Then enter it is as comment below.

For More Info: (back to top)

For more information about TSLAC’s A Dozen Ways to Two-Step, contact :

Naomi DiTullio
Distance Learning Consultant
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
800-252-9386 (toll free, Texas only), 512-936-2586

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7 Responses leave one →
  1. Sandra Knackstedt permalink
    December 7, 2009

    Can I still sign up for this?

  2. naomi permalink
    December 7, 2009

    Hi Sandra — of course you are still welcome to sign up for this program! We have just extended the deadline through February 28, 2010, so you should have plenty of time to complete the program. To register, simply begin the program with method 1 (first on the list of the dozen ways to two-step) and then when you get to method 2 you should see the instructions for officially registering for the program. Thanks!

  3. library training permalink
    January 6, 2010

    Hello, from austin public library.. is there a charge for the class?

  4. naomi permalink
    January 7, 2010

    Hello Austin Public Library! No, there is no charge for this class. It is free and open to all Texas library staff/students/volunteers/affiliates. Please contact me if you have any other questions! Thank you!

  5. Jennifer permalink
    February 22, 2010

    I just want to clarify, if one resides in Texas and has an MLIS, but is not currently employed as a librarian, he or she cannot get the CE credit, correct? So someone looking to brush up on his or her LIS skills cannot get the credit if they are not currently employed, even if they reside in Texas?

  6. naomi permalink
    February 25, 2010

    Hi Jennifer — sorry for the late reply — anyone who is affiliated with the library field and who resides in Texas is welcome to take the program and obtain a certificate of completion from the Texas State Library. Thanks so much, Naomi

  7. naomi permalink
    August 17, 2010

    Hi DeAnna, yes, you will still receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program as long as you notify us of your completion and then submit a certificate request online. Please let us know if you have additional questions! Thank you!

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