The Tweet That Netted Two Pounds

Well Done  – Leicestershire Museums and Libraries

I’m a great fan of the work that Leicestershire Museums and Libraries (2 different services I think) are doing with social media.

For those who haven’t seen it yet, there was an announcement on Friday from a government bod that he was going to tear down various public sector websites because of the cost.

Leicestershire Libraries and Museums (notice I changed the order there – just in case :)) have also started to work twitter pretty well.  Today I followed the tweet above out of curiosity and it was exactly the subject I have a real interest in.

There was a nominal admission charge of £2 – so that tweet clearly worked.

Please don’t read this as a flippant comment – it does show that there are real opportunities for public sector bodies to make systematic, regular use of social media.


Crystal Ball – regazed

A few months ago I mentioned the NMC 2009 report.

Last week they launched the 2010 report, and it’s fascinating how quickly some of this is becoming ‘main stream’.

A few observations from the group ..

The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators in sense-making, coaching, and credential
People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want to. 
The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized. 
The work of students is increasingly seen as collaborative by nature, and there is more  crosscampus collaboration between departments. 
Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession.
The authors then list key technologies and the expected time frames for ‘mainstream use’
Here’s an interesting one scheduled for 4 years out – Visual Data Analysis.
Looks like our Library service forgot to read the script ..

For the full report – 2010-Horizon-Report