Why can’t we be cool like librarians?

[Up comes the rotten tomato shield again.]

I think this is a great thing:
Public Library Geeks Take Web 2.0 to the Stacks

1) Helene Blowers from a public library in North Carolina has come up with a pretty simple way to get her employees to try out new web technologies.

“Listed below are 23 Things (or small exercises) that you can do on the web to explore and expand your knowledge of the Internet and Web 2.0.”

And it worked. (Well, yes she did bribe them with nifty gifts. Not very many archivsts can do that, I grant you.)

2) It made Wired magazine. And according to that article, other places are doing it too.

So, if I posted a link to this on the Archives & Archivists listserv and asked people who were interested in doing this to contact me so we could get a group together to do it, how many responses do you think I would get? If I got enought people to do it, should I propose reporting the results at the SAA Research Forum in Chicago? (That’s sort of a joke, but, hey, why not?)

Any thoughts?

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