Saturday, April 3, 2010

What is 23 Things?

23 Things is widely-used and wildly popular training method for library staff across North America. It began with an article by Stephen Abram in Information Outlook magazine called 43 Things I Might Want To Do This Year, in February of 2006, which in turn was inspired by the website 43 Things.

Stephen's enthusiasm and influence in the library world led to the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina developing a training package for their staff called 23 Things. It's goal was "to encourage staff to explore new technologies" by trying out 23 new and fun things based on the emerging world of Web 2.0.

The success of PLCMC's program has resulted in dozens of other library systems across the continent offering their own versions of 23 Things to their staff. And now, it is TPL's time.

To get the most out of your 23 Things experience, please come with an open mind and an eagerness to experiment. Many of the assignments require you to work independently, and learn new tools at your own pace.

If you do get stuck, please send a message to


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