Your Name and Title: Christa Burns, Special Projects Librarian

Library, School, or Organization Name: Nebraska Library Commission

Co-Presenter Name(s): NA

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Library staff and administrators interested in personal professional development and lifelong learning.

Short Session Description (one line): This session will explore current 23 Things self-directed lifelong learning programs.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): The 23 Things concept is familiar to most of us in the library world. Some have tried it out, some have tried a version of it, some still have doubts about whether it works, and some think it's over. Well, I'm here to tell you, it's still going strong! Nebraska's state-wide lifelong learning program, Nebraska Learns 2.0 (http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/nelearns/ ), started as a 16 week program in 2008-2009. The original program was so popular it has continued as an ongoing program, with one new Thing offered each month since April 2009. Starting in February 2012, a BookThing was added to the program. Program organizer Christa Burns will talk about the process the organizers have laid out over the past few years, how they've responded to participant feedback, and how the program became what it is today. She will also show other current examples of self-directed online learning programs, such as Boston Public Library's Learning for Life Online and the UK-based 23 Things for Professional Development.

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/nelearns/

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Having really enjoyed CPD23, I'm looking forward to this session.

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