Librarians are agents of change and leaders in technology.  A few years ago librarians began applying social media into their information service offerings.  The history of how this initiative began can be found in the background related to the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County’s 23 Things project.

This is a simple program that can be done on a self-paced basis by anyone.  I offer you this resource for those who have not already begun diving into the Web 2.0 environment. You can learn this on your own.

Of course, I understand time is a major concern for you and 23 things may be more than you need but that is why this is something you can do on your own with the applications that are of most interest to you.

Social media is here to stay.  The learning curve between the library profession and the legal profession is significant.  Of course, there are attorneys, especially younger ones who understand 2.0 tools well, they may lack an understanding of the importance of drawing lines between professional and personal online content but they can use many of the tools.

It is important for attorneys who want to apply web 2.0 tools in their practice to establish policies and guidelines for that usage.  This protects against blurred lines and allows strategic leverage of very prominent tools.

So, if you have the time and inclination, check out 23 Things.  If not, keep checking here, for  more information about the top of the 23 things that attorneys can learn too.

Constance Ard October 29, 2009