Realising that Helen Blower‘s ground breaking 23 things programme is 10 years old is quite a shock. It was inspired by Stephen Abram’s article about 43 things, but 23 seems to have become the perfect number.
I thought about the ways it had helped me…not quite 23 ways, but enough. More than enough….
- Helped me help my staff cheaply, engagingly and imaginatively. Way back in 2010 I adapted the programme into 23 Things @ CamMedLib + FollowThat….
- Taken me to present at conference. I had a fabulous time at the EAHIL 2011 conference in Istanbul on the back of a keynote presentation I gave about the Medical Library programme
- Has been translated, adapted and rethought repeatedly to focus on different skills and different user groups – so I benefit, and other groups can
- Helped me spawn a different type of cheap, engaging and imaginative CPD opportunity: libteachmeet, which was translated from a forum for teachers, and has been adapted and rethought repeatedly for and by librarians – see the wiki, the original blog, and the chapter about it , oh, and another presentation at the Istanbul conference
- Encouraged me to learn from others as much as learning from the “teacher” – it’s the reading of other participants blogs that teaches you as much as following the steps of the task for the “Thing”.
so thank you very much Helen – it’s such a great idea.