Welcome to the New and Improved BPL 2.0!




We've made lots of changes to the program in response to the comments of those who have completed it! Enjoy the new example-packed, user-friendly version of BPL 2.0!




What is BPL 2.0?


Blogs, wikis, podcasts, mp3s…ever wondered what the heck these are, or wanted to try them out but didn’t know where to begin?  BPL 2.0 is a program designed to help Boulder Public Library staff learn about these and other new technologies in a fast and fun way, and to reward them for trying out new things. 

The program, originally called 23 Things, was created by Helene Blowers at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County and was modified with permission by Terzah Becker and Erin Meyer for Boulder Public Library.

Why is it called BPL 2.0?


Web 2.0 is the term used to collectively describe many new, collaborative, social networking and information tools…new internet technologies and Web sites that are "empowering users with the ability to create and share content.”*  If you’ve shared photos online, created a MySpace page, or posted a comment to a blog, you’ve used Web 2.0 technologies!

Libraries across the country are discovering that these technologies are great for reaching out to patrons and creating more lively, interactive spaces both online and in the library.  They can help us stay relevant and useful to patrons in today’s world.  Using these technologies in a library is now called Library 2.0.  Not wanting to be left behind, Boulder Public Library is already transforming into BPL 2.0, offering podcasts and planning for a 24x7 virtual “branch”.

How do I participate?


It’s easy! Listed below are 10 exercises that you can do on the Web to explore and expand your knowledge of the Internet and Web-based technologies.  Each month we will send an email reminder to all BPL staff, but you can complete the lessons at your own pace. You are encouraged to work with other staff if you have questions or get stuck. You are also encouraged not to feel like you have to read every link and reference in every lesson. Read only what intrigues or helps you. Remember, this is about you, and should be fun!

Once you've completed a lesson, you will send an email to Terzah ( with the name of the lesson you’ve completed and the url for your blog entry on that lesson (don't worry, you'll learn how to do this first).  We will keep track of the lessons you've done and in January 2009, celebrate your accomplishments with a party and some prizes!

Why should I participate?


All participants will receive a certificate listing the lessons they have completed to be shared with supervisors and used in progress evaluations. 

Staff that complete all ten exercises by January 31, 2009 will be entered into a drawing for one of twenty-three $15 gift cards from the Boulder Bookstore! Melissa Holladay, the first staff member to complete BPL 2.0, won the first gift card at Staff Learn & Play Day on Dec. 5. Congrats Melissa! And thanks to Boulder Bookstore for contributing to our program! (Thanks also to Overdrive, which donated our early bird prize, an MP3 player won by Barb Kundanis, a frequent BPL sub.)

As if that weren’t enough, you will also receive


Get Started


Links to the 10 lessons are below.  You will also see them on the righthand sidebar throughout this wiki (yes, this is a wiki! You'll learn more about those soon). Get ready to have fun and start learning!


  1. Introduction
  2. Blogs
  3. Wikis
  4. RSS
  5. Podcasts
  6. WebVideo
  7. Google Docs
  8. Downloadable Audio
  9. LibraryThing
  10. Tagging


* Helene Blowers, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County.