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Gadgets and Tech for Staff Day!

Aaron at SJCPL Staff day

South Bend, IN – It was standing room only in the St. Joseph County Public Library Training Room for a library staff day breakout presentation by Aaron Schmidt entitled 20 Gadgets in 20 Minutes as the room filled with over 40 folks eager to find out about hot new gadgets and implications for library use. Flickr! XBox360! Index cards! All were covered. The presentation was attended by staff from all areas of the library and FIVE ADMINSTRATORS! Just got to say: Hot X 3!

Thanks Aaron!

Debriefing & Sharing: 3 Library Conferences

Library Conference Debrief

This afternoon was totally cool! There have been three big conferences recently so we had a group “debrief” for staff who attendded and other interested staff. Our Staff Development Librarian could not be here today so she asked me to facillitate. We had 15 folks who had attended either PLA Symposium, Computers in Libraries or the Indiana Library Federation State meeting.

We began by going around the room, with each participant sharing top trends/learning/issues/thoughts from their conference. I wrote them on the whiteboard. By the end we had 25 different points.

Equity of Access- The digital divide
Info/Tech literacy for patrons
Serving ALL of our users
User-Centered Services and Planning
Colaboration Staff and Users
IM- Internal Communication
How do we serve millenials
How do we work with millenials
RSS and Push- as they want it
Tons of inviting space and study rooms
PEW Internet studies as tool
Training offered from vendors and Indiana legal services
Tablet PCs and Roving Ref
Games and Gamers (How do we serve them)
Making decisions for managers
Mentoring/Job Awareness
Look at Normative Data and Stories
Making the library discoverable
Reader?s Advisory
Examining and sharing our roots and core values
Emergent literacy and skills
Examine Web Statistics
Wikis- How can we use them?
Intellectual Freedom

Then I asked the crowd to vote for their top 5. Those were listed — and 5 became 6!! — and we did some brainstorming of those. I must say it was HOT times 3!

Our Top Six:
Emergent Literacy
Reader’s Advisory
Collaboration/ Communication
User Centered Services and Discovery
Millenials and Gamers

From this, we are putting together a document for sharing with the staff and for looking at action items. The cool thing is many of these things are being discussed at the admin level as well as in departments. Check out the Top 6… this was totally a collaborative effort. How does it jive with your library?

Marianne took the photos and Sarah and Maire transcripted the session!

New Job..New Duties…

I have not written about this yet because I’ve been so busy with school and the two Internet Librarian conferences but I wanted to post a quick note here. You may have noticed the banner on the lefty hand side now lists my new title — Special projects Librarian. This came about because while head of Networked Resources Development and Training, I started school and went part time. Then I lost two memebrs of my team to advanced aopportunities at other places! (Way to go Dale and Bob!)

It did not sit well with me to be a PT manager of a department that has 2 FT vacancies so I sat down with the powers that be at SJCPL and a plan for reorganization was born.

I am now doing cool stuff related to technology in the library system, that may include some video production in the future, media creation and content writing. Things are going well. I will still have a hand in Web stuff and Tech training stuff.