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Creating a Technology Petting Zoo Webinar Recap

By Emily | August 18th, 2008 | 3 Comments

Posted on behalf of Annette Gaskins

Maurice and I were delighted to have an opportunity to present this webinar for WebJunction!  We had over 70 participants who were evenly distributed across the country.  At least one participant was from Canada!

During our session, we shared our experiences as co-chairpersons of a team that designed, facilitated, and presented a Technology Fair, or “Petting Zoo” to the staff of our library system.  Our objective was to provide basic information and advice to librarians and administrators who would like to create a similar experience for their own library systems.

Attendees of the webinar shared their own ideas with the group.  For example, in answering the question What technologies could you use in your system or state?, a long list of ideas was generated, which I’ve shared below:

  • rss
  • cell phones
  • CMS with RSS feeds
  • Facebook
  • kindle
  • iPods
  • mobile devices
  • video
  • gaming
  • e-books
  • wikis
  • streaming video
  • social networks
  • iPhone
  • cell phones
  • game software
  • playstations
  • Wii for teen services
  • mp3 w/netlibrary
  • professional networking
  • MP3 Audio Book download
  • WebJunction
  • Library 2.0
  • myspace
  • Overdrive
  • IM
  • moblie web
  • Game systems
  • IM reference services
  • downloadables
  • wiis–troubleshooting
  • Nintendo DS
  • PSP
  • digital cameras
  • YouTube
  • second life
  • Wii
  • open source
  • IM Reference
  • social bookmarking
  • MP3
  • smartboards
  • games
  • thumb drives
  • blogs
  • wikis
  • IM
  • Flickr
  • webconferencing
  • Facebook
  • Wiimote whiteboards
  • all of them

By the conclusion most participants said that they were ready to attempt a Technology Petting Zoo of some kind in their own library systems.  A few said they were already in the planning stages.  We hope to hear from them – how the Fairs went, what their successes were, and how they handled any issues that come up.

You can access the archive of the webinar and associated resources or participate in a post-webinar discussion.