Here’s something I’m doing at my library right now, and thought I’d share. The managers at my library meet every week (I’m a manager, too). Part of that weekly meeting is “my time.” We’ve been calling it simply “Cool Stuff” – I usually do a short presentation on a Web 2.0 product or concept, or talk about an emerging techie trend, then we hold a discussion about it. It usually lasts for 10-20 minutes of our 2-hour meeting.
So far, here’s what I’ve talked about:
- mindmapping software (showed MindJet’s MindManager Pro)
- discussed our library’s Digital Branch plans and progress
- Google Docs & Spreadsheets
- AADL catalog and AquaBrowser
- How I keep up with blogs
- Toured our Second Life storefront and discussed plans
Outcomes so far? We’re purchasing a 10 user license of MindManager; all managers know the direction we’re going with our digital branch; they’re getting familiar with web 2.0 tools; they’ve seen what OPACs can do (especially timely, since we’re a Horizon site); and they have been introduced to Second Life and know what we plan to do with our storefront.
So, IT/Technology manager – what are YOU doing to keep your managers up-to-date with technology?