Thursday, August 31, 2006

Choose Your Adventure

The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County does a lot of innovative things, but their new staff development technology training program is one of my favorites. It's called 23 Things and involves 9 weeks of working with new technologies. Here are some of the words from the description... 'discover,' 'take a look,' 'explore,' 'have fun,' and 'play around.' Those are words that represent a new way of thinking about technology learning. The format, tone, and flexibility of the program are all impressive. I don't work for the library system, but I feel like doing the tasks!

I would guess that providing people the space and the incentive to try out these new technologies will be much more effective than offering 9-weeks worth of workshops on these same topics would be.

Good stuff.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Delivering Top-Notch Technology Training for Your Patrons

You are invited to participate in this upcoming OPAL event:

Friday, August 18, 2006 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 10:00 a.m. Central, 9:00 a.m. Mountain, 8:00 a.m. Pacific, and 3:00 p.m. GMT:
Delivering Top-Notch Technology Training for Your Patrons
Brenda Hough, Technology Coordinator at the Northeast Kansas Library System and Michael Porter (aka Library Man), Training and Support Coordinator at OCLC Western will be the presenters.

More libraries are offering technology training for staff and patrons. Learn how to use interactive techniques to address varying skill levels, adapt to multiple learning styles, and deliver technology with greater impact. This program is part of the Librarian's Continuing Education Seminar Series, sponsored by the Johnson County Library.

This OPAL event will be held in the Auditorium.