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PLCMC's Technology Summit and Learning 2.0

This week Michael Stephens and I had the wonderful opportunity of speaking to a great group of librarians in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the 2006 PLCMC Technology Summit, hosted in PLCMC's stunning new facility, ImaginOn. It's quite intimidating being asked to speak about Library 2.0 and then finding yourself in such a 2.0+ facility as ImaginOn. I was in awe as I walked around the building finding young kids everywhere.  Some were patiently creating video presentations, others taking part in X-Box gaming competitions, other teens quietly playing board games, reading books and magazines, interacting, talking...JUST HAVING FUN. Charlotte is a very lucky city to have such a forward thinking library administration.

PLCMC's ImaginOn


After Michael and I spoke, PLCMC's Public Services Technology Director Helene Blowers jumped on stage to announce the kickoff of their new Learning 2.0 initiative -- a program designed 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 PLCMC staff.
  • provide staff with new tools (that are freely available on the Internet) to better support PLCMC's mission: Expanding minds, Empowering individuals and Enriching our community.
  • reward staff for taking the initiative to complete 23 self-discovery exercises.
What an amazing educational opportunity for the library's staff! I'll post more about this great project, but take a look at the FAQ for more info.


I'd like to thank Charles Brown, PLCMC's Director of Libraries; Carol Myers, PLCMC's Assistant Director; and of course Helene Blowers for putting on such a fabulous summit and for allowing me to play a small role.