Welcome to iHCPL. This site was created to support Harris County Public Library's iHCPL Learning 2.0 Program; a discovery learning program designed to encourage staff to explore new technologies and reward them for doing 23 Things. The program is adapted from The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County's Learning 2.0 Program.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Week 1: #1 Discovery has never been so much fun...

Welcome to iHCPL's learning program and blog. Chances are if you've found your way here you're either:

  • a member of HCPL's staff who's participating in the iHCPL program.
  • interested in learning about and playing around (yes, playing is allowed in libraries) with some new Web 2.0 tools that will help you expand your information literacy toolbox.

Either way...Welcome!

iHCPL is an online learning program that encourages 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.

Over the course of the next nine weeks, this website will highlight different discovery exercises to help staff become familiar with blogging, RSS news feeds, tagging, wikis, podcasting, online applications, and video and image hosting sites.

To familiarize yourself with this project, be sure to read our About page. The FAQs should answer most of your questions about this program. Participants who complete this program will receive ten hours of training credit and "bling" for each week of work. If you have completed your training requirement for the year, five hours can be transferred to meet next year's requirement.

So, fasten your seat belts, grab your mouse and get ready for a discovery adventure...and remember, its OK to play in the library and have fun!

Stay tuned for the next item up for discovery...or better yet, subscribe to the RSS feed.

8 comments:

maestra said...

iHCPL is a great training opportunity that all employees should take advantage of.

BBailey said...

Learning in this style reminds me of my graduate work at UNT for my MLS. This sounds like fun.

skye22200 said...

Learning something new every day is fun, but teaching it to others is great!

Anonymous said...

I have never seen so many people so enthusiastic about a program. The staff are happy. They are enjoying the frustrations and they are talking and laughing about the program. This is wonderful....

gwendolyn_scooper said...

Learning at this style leaves the responsiblity of the outcome to the learner. Most scholars use the traditional method of learning and leave out the fact that all learners are different. Most persons learn better when they are relaxed and having to do at their own time and pace. With this in mind the responsibility of comprehending the information is left to the learner.

fortheblogofit said...

Enjoying the ihcpl

mph123 said...

This training will help enhance my computer skills and I won't have to drive far to get the training.

Jo said...

I think that this a great way to get everyone interested in learning the web and all of the new sites and programs that are available. I love the at-you-pace style! Since I can't access Harriet from home, this is a great way to keep abreast of the latest web tech stuff!