As part of the strategic plan development we went through at the end of last year, the library staff decided to go about watching trends and developments in library land more intentionally than we have been so far. Like most librarians, we do our best to keep up with developments, but we wanted a way to learn from each other and to make sure that we collectively watch topics that are of interest to the library as a whole. So each department came up with a list of potential “watch list” topics and then we narrowed it down to “only” 38 topics. Now all we needed was a place to gather all of our watching and learning in one place.
Enter the Library Watch List Blog. (I would link to it, but it’s password protected, so there’s no point.) We had an all-staff training session on basic WordPress blogging and then divvied up the topics so that even though we can each write about any topic, we also have someone responsible for each of the topics. And today, I posted to it for the first time (and I’m the 8th post).
I sure hope this blog takes off, not only because it’ll be a fabulous resource but also because it’ll give us a chance to learn collaboratively from each other while simultaneously practicing some social software use. It may be hard for some people, though. It takes a good bit of time, and blogging is completely foreign to some staff members (I know that I would have been pretty hesitant a year ago). Still, I think there’s a good chance that some people will really take to it, and I look forward to learning from my co-workers.