This blog is the home page for the University of Waterloo Library Web 2.0 Training Program, created by the ISR Training Commitee.

Welcome – watch video now

What is the Web 2.0 Training Program?
The University of Waterloo Library is offering a smaller version of the various Web 2.0 training programs that libraries around the world have been offering to their staff. It is a hands-on learning program that offers library staff the opportunity to explore a subset of Web 2.0 tools and consider the impact of those tools on libraries. By creating online modules rather than simply presenting spotlights we hope that staff will get a feel for these tools and how they can be used.

So, just what is Web 2.0?

Although originally coined in the late 1990’s, the term Web 2.0 was made famous by Tim O’Reilly and his media company about five years ago. O’Reilly (2005) describes Web 2.0 as a set of common principles and practices that link together a variety of different sites. Web 2.0 put content generation in the hands of users and fostered communication and collaboration. As a result, communities of people began to interact, communicate, and share on the web. Many examples of Web 2.0 can be seen on the net (and in this tutorial) including:

  • The most famous wiki of them all “Wikipedia”
  • Social networking sites such as Facebook
  • Video sharing via U-Tube
  • Photo sharing via Flickr
  • Blogs, tagging, RSS, Delicious etc….
  • How does the program work?

    This training program is a hands-on learning experience. It was designed as one module per week but can be done at your own pace. Each week focuses on a specific type of tool (e.g. blogs, wikis) and each exercise will give the participant a chance to explore the tool and consider ways in which it can be used in a library environment.

    Four new modules have been added for the 2010 edition of this program.

    Module 5: Browser Tools

    Module 6: Images & Pictures

    Module 7: Podcasts & Vidcasts

    Module 8: Online Apps

    If you are new, please feel free to complete modules 1-4, an extra week has been added to the program to help you do this.  The program this year will officially start with Module 5!  Participants may wish to use their blogs, which they create in Module 1, to keep track of their thoughts and reactions to the tools and technologies that they encounter.

    If you wish to receive a certificate at the end of the training, please send the results of each activity to our Web 2.0 volunteers (libweb20@library…) so that we can see your progress. There will be instructions at the end of each module on how to do this step.

    Getting started

    1. Check with your supervisor to see if this is a good time to work on these training modules.

    2. Please send an e-mail to the Web 2.0 volunteers before you get started (libweb20@library…) so that we can be available to help you if needed.

    3. Watch the Part II welcome video as an introduction to the program.  This video was designed as a kick-off to the ISR Training Committee program.  You can also the video from Part I from last year.

    4.  Start with Module 5: Browser Tools. However, you may wish to also complete modules 1-4 (Module 1: Blogs) alongside the others or during the extra week alloted.  We highly recommend looking at Module 1 through 4 before beginning as some of the skills learned are helpful for modules 5-8.  But remember the weekly modules will officially start with Module 5 this year.

    Who is available to help you?

    If you need help, please send an e-mail to libweb20@library… Or you can contact one of our volunteers individually:

    Laura Howell, in Davis ISR
    Rebecca Hutchinson, in Porter ISR

    Thank you to…
    This program is a shorter version of the Learning 2.0 @ Mac which itself was inspired by the Learning 2.0 Program at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County and Helene Blowers.


    1. Marian Davies Said,

      March 27, 2009 @ 11:52 am

      This is such a nifty idea — I love this approach. And hats off to whoever designed it (or selected it from the templates). This is a very nice, clear, easy to read and easy to navigate design. I hope (whoever you are) that you’re on the Primo team 🙂

    2. amanda Said,

      March 27, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

      Yay, glad to see your program has kicked off, Waterloo! Good luck to all the participants 🙂

    3. Jonathan Said,

      April 13, 2009 @ 8:44 am

      I agree with Marian: very well put together! The linked video is excellent as well.

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