Interacting and Gaming Sessions at Library 2.011

This week I had the pleasure of listening to several webinars that were part of the Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference. Even before I get to the content, let me say that I was incredibly impressed at the amount of presenters contributing to this global event. My kudos goes out to Library 2.0 and The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University for organizing this impressive virtual experience.

For those who were not able to attend, all sessions were recorded and are available on the site HERE.

Two sessions were particularly intriguing to me.  The first, Don’t Just Sit There! Tips for Engaging Participants in Online Sessions, was presented by Debbie Faires, Assistant Director for Distance Learning. There was a ton of information and tips that I, as the Webinar Program Manager here at TechSoup, found incredibly valuable.

My favorite takeaway from this presentation is this: Interact with your audience every 2-3 minutes. This frequency recommendation is eye-opening to me. When you are presenting, especially in a highly attended online environment, 2 minutes goes by seemingly in the blink of an eye. When Ms. Faires said "interact with your audience every 2-3 minutes," what I heard was "interact with your audience constantly."

Another fabulous session that I attended was an Introduction to Digital Game-Based Learning in Libraries. In this presentation, Instructional Services Librarian Mary Snyder Broussard shared a plethora of online games created to aid and enhance library instruction. Ms. Broussard shared the links to these games on her blog HERE. My favorite games mentioned were created by the speaker herself for Lycoming College. The first, Secret Agents in the Library, is a standard one-shot library instruction class put into game format. The other, Goblin Threat, takes questions about plagiarism and turns them in to a cute online game that I can easily see students enjoying.

Again, you can watch any of the many recorded webinars from this conference by visiting the website HERE; you can also join Library 2.0 to be alerted to future offerings.  I look forward to seeing what Library 2.0 does next!