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Over five years ago, the Minnesota multitype multicounty library systems brought you 23 Things on a Stick, a self-paced learning program about Web 2.0 tools.

When it comes to technology, five years is a long time and there have been a lot of changes. A big change is the shift to mobile devices. We know that PCs are on the decline and mobile devices are skyrocketing. It only makes sense to continue the 23 Things program with 23 Mobile Things.

23 Mobile Things is a self-paced learning program that will identify 23 types of apps for you to discover.


This program is open to all staff in any Minnesota library – public, academic, school, or special – as well as members of their Governing Boards, their Friends groups, or Advisory Groups. 23 Mobile Things is approved for Minnesota Certification for Library Employees and CEUs. Experienced users as well as novices and everyone in between are invited to join. This is self-paced and self-directed.


We have identified the 23 Things for you to do over the course of the program, but you decide when you do them, the amount of time you spend, and the depth of your exploration. Each of the 23 Things may take an hour to explore or longer depending upon your interest and the time you want to put into it. You document your participation by setting up and maintaining a blog, which is Thing 1.

Each Thing will show you many different apps. These apps will cover a variety of topics: social media, presentations, photography, reference, news, notes, games, and so much more. We have a lot for you to explore and experiment with to determine how you may use these in your library, for your professional development, or personally.

Even if you think you know about the apps in 23 Mobile Things, we encourage you to join the program. We have added Challenge sections to some of the Things to stretch you and you can always learn more about any of the tools through independent exploration. And we will learn from you because you will blog about your discoveries.

Everyone who registers by ______________, completes all 23 items on the list, and blogs about each one by _______________ will receive a completion prize and be eligible for other prizes. Otherwise, there is no deadline and this course will remain online through ____________.

Registration occurs as part of Thing 1.


Registration begins _____________________.

  • You must register your blog by ____________________ and then complete all 23 Things by _____________________.
  • Each person participating must have and register his/her own blog.


Each Thing begins with a brief explanation of the app category, followed by many suggested apps and some tips on how to use them, and a numbered list of exercises you can do with the apps. These exercises give you the background needed to understand the apps. Don’t skip them!

When you have done the exercises for each Thing, you write a blog post about your experience. (You will learn how to set up a blog in Thing 1.) Your blog is the tool to communicate your reactions, new-found skills, ideas, questions, and favorite apps to the other 23 Mobile Things participants and is how your completion of all 23 Things is documented.

There will be some metro-area workshops offered to support this program, but not for every Thing. This is a self-paced program, but staff are encouraged to work together in their libraries or region and share with each other their discoveries and techniques in person and through their blogs.