Category Archives: Technology Training Rocks!

Info Literacy Class Guide

Tonight, I’m subbing for my colleague Joe Sipocz in his Info literacy class at IUSB. Here’s the outline, courtesy of Nancy at IUSB. (And I added a few things as well…) I’m putting it here for easy access

1. What is the Internet?

A. Definitions
B. How does it work?
C. History
D.What is on the Internet? | Lycos Top 50 (via Stephen Abram) | Deep Web

B. Evaluation

Evaluation checklist:

Other criteria, the 3C’s: context, comparison and corroboration.


In-class exercise:

III. Search engines/Directories

How they work: Spiders | Google Pigeons

Which ones are best? | Phil Bradley’s Picks

Clustering: |

Trainers: Have you updated your Tech classes lately?

I meant to blog this a few weeks ago, but here it is…still timely in my book.

“The average American internet user is not sure what podcasting is, what an RSS feed does, or what the term “phishing” means…”

Pew lists eight techie terms in the report and I kid you not, your public/student/employee technology/internet classes should define and discuss everyone of them!

These did ok:

Internet Cookies

These didn’t:

RSS Feeds

(I’d add blogging and image sites too!)

This is important knowledge… every librarian on your staff should be able to define these terms as well as your users. Sorry to preach, but I’m just saying: let’s dive into to our role as info literacy trainers and beef up those classes!

For folks that say “RSS isn’t catching on..” Guess what? It is, really…slowly but it is. What we can do is help push it along by adding Bloglines or the like to our classes.

For those HOT HOT HOT librarians out there actively training this stuff and staying on top – well done! Comment here if you have any good tips…

Instructing Peers

Chad, making the move to his first big library job, posts this:

I’ve had a slight change in my job description. Together with another new hire, I’ll be in charge of most of UAH’s student instruction efforts. So glad I took a course on it last semester! I admit to being a bit nervous: In some cases, I’ll only be a year and a bit older than the students I’m teaching. Has anyone else been in this situation? Any problems or success stories? I’d love to hear them.

Chad – I must say this is a great position to be in and if I was working at your library I’d be tickled to have a fresh out of school, and yes, younger, librarian doing the instruction.Why, you ask?

I know you will bring a slant to the program that will include newer technologies, newer ideas and a Millennial outlook. Bring yourself, your interests and your persepctive to the classes you design, teach or collaborate on. I think there’s something to be said about reaching students in the library setting and who better but someone who probably gets them (because he is one).

You’ll understand how students interact, their collaborative nature and the way they look for information. Now, here’s the hard part: you may find resistance amongst people on the staff that “have always taught such and such this way” and are not ready for new innovation and methods of communication and collaboration.

Be cool. You can also learn alot from the seasoned staff and hopefully they will learn a lot from you. Those folks, open to change and the future, really rock my world. And take every opportunity you can to show them how our proffession has changed, how our new users are growing up and where the library might fit in the whole picture.

Good luck! An keep us posted with your blog!

On Training in Libraries….

Training should be viewed as a necessity, not a luxury; as mandatory, not voluntary; and as comprehensive, not superficial. Training should be both theoretical and practical. The consequence of poor training will be that our users will lose confidence in librarians: They will think that librarians have joined the ranks of others that have fallen under the weight of emerging technologies, and they will see libraries as another institution that is threatened with extinction as the 21st century approaches.

Krissoff, A. & Konrad, L. COMPUTER TRAINING FOR STAFF AND PATRONS, Computers in Libraries, Jan1998, Vol. 18, Issue 1

Millennial Librarians Training the Boomer Librarians

Skagirlie ponders:

And I wonder, as she does, if this is a global thing. We had a wave a few years ago of embracing the Web as a one way information tool (for the most part) and now social software, such as blogs, IM, flickr, etc, (as well as Gaming which can really heat things up) has created a whole new divide between the Millennial librarians who ache to implement and use these hot tools and the Boomer Libs who proceed with caution and possibly trepidation.


Rob Trains Librarians in Curacao

My library train ing colleague Rob Coers has been “on the road.” This, my friends, is a sweet training gig! He’s covered weblogs, RSS, databases and more!

This my friends is a sweet training gig! He’s covered weblogs, RSS, databases and more!

Here’s what Babelfish had to say about the picture above: “Lianne Leonaora thank me on behalf of the group for my commitment, patience and the terribly instructive days. And that did them in very nice, kind bewoordingen. And that once more I got underline gifts still two of them. As jazzliefhebber and gitarist I will enjoy fixed the CD Evolushon of Randal Corsen, winner of the Edison jazz Award 2004th and my throat what rests to give a small pocket with medicinal kruiden from the kruidentuin of Dinah Veeris. Very nicely considered!”

I get the gist! (in Dutch!)

The Key to Excellent Tech training AND an Excellent Staff

LiB has posted her Tech Training Competencies! And I am a happy guy!

I did a similar thing a few years ago for SJCPL but this stuff is incredible, current and useful. Read it! Do you have these skills? (SKILLZ) Does your staff?

This set of competencies is intended to serve as a base model for technology
competencies among California library workers. California’s libraries are
incredibly diverse; there are many different types and sizes of libraries,
different staffing, and different technology. The purpose of these
competencies is not to be the guidepost by which all libraries measure
technology skills, but rather to serve as a starting point for libraries to use in
assessing their staff’s technology proficiencies, and to assist libraries in
building their own sets of tailored competencies to fit with their unique staff
and library.

3 Classes I Wish I Could Teach At My Library (But Can?t):

Aaron’s | Jessamyn |Rose Read

Classes I Wish I Could Teach At My Library (But Can?t):

Music for the Masses: This workshop will teach partipants how to mount their entire music collections for sharing on the Peer to Peer networks. Best practices, innovative tips and legal advice if you’re busted round out a dynamic two hours in the library training room. Requirements: 1 Terrabyte firewire Hard Drive and a $200 legal retainer fee.

Camcorder Cinema 101: Join us for a field trip to a showing of Return of the Sith! We’ll provide a sheet of handy tips on making the best recording, the bus, popcorn, beverages and a ticket. Requirements: blank tapes, the coat with the big hidden pocket, a $200 legal retainer fee.

Hooked Up on the Web: The ins and out of the dating sites and those Web sites that specialize in “Ordering In.” We’ll cover the lingo, precautions and how not to get burned. Requirements: Face pic before private chat.