Workshop: Discuss e-books with patrons

For Immediate Release
Fri, 03/13/2015


Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource has brought back the popular workshop How to Discuss E-Books with Patrons with Phil Spirito. This two-part - 90 minutes each - workshop is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesdays, April 1 and 8, 2015.

Reality check: e-books are now an indispensable part of library collections. Not only do patrons expect e-books in the library, they also expect librarians to be able to assist them with e-books. Are you afraid a patron will stump you with an e-book question? Do you feel like you're struggling to keep your knowledge of your library’s e-resources up to date? Take heart, for in this workshop’s two 90-minute sessions, Phil Spirito will give you the confidence and knowledge you need to assist your patrons, regardless of your level of technical expertise.
In the first session, Spirito will offer practical tips and tricks for improving your technical know-how, giving you the confidence to handle patrons' e-book-related technology questions. In the second session, he will cover several different aspects of e-books and explain how they function on different devices and platforms.

After participating in this workshop, you will:

  • dramatically improve your e-book and technology skills;
  • be able to handle a range of patron e-book questions;
  • be able to use e-book resources confidently.

About the Instructor:
Phil Spirito is the head of Adult Services at Indian Trails Library District. After working in the field of Information technology for 10 years he decided to change to a career that was focused on helping people. During his time in IT he did everything from network configuration and planning to desk top support and training. He started his library career as a Cyber navigator (computer assistant) at the Chicago Public Library. Upon receiving his MLS degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana he became the Instruction and Technology Librarian at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. With his recent move to ITLD he is now able to emphasize the importance of patron service with a focus on technology and instruction.

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

ALA TechSource Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands‐on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

ALA TechSource is a publishing imprint of the American Library Association. ALA TechSource publishes Library Technology Reports and the ALA TechSource Blog.

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