Supporting Patrons’ College Planning Information Needs, new workshop!

For Immediate Release
Mon, 06/15/2015


Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new workshop, Supporting Patrons' College Planning Information Needs, with Africa Hands. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

Planning for college is one of the most difficult and important steps in ones’ life. As a librarian, you encounter college-bound patrons and may have limited resources to help guide their future endeavors.

As information and education centers, libraries are an ideal place for patrons—teens and adults—to learn about higher education opportunities. What can you offer in response to patrons who are curious about college?

In this new workshop, Africa Hands—a librarian with 10+ years of experience in higher education, specifically college admissions and academic advising—will acquaint you with the different types of college-bound students, college-related resources to promote at your library, and ways to work with community partners on programs and services.

Come learn how to initiate or enhance your library services to help more people meet their higher education goals!

After participating in this workshop, you will:

  • Benefit from examples of partnership and programs offered around the country
  • Have a list of college-planning resources to promote to your patrons
  • Learn how to guide your patrons’ college planning information literacy skills

About the Instructor:

Africa S. Hands received an MLIS from San Jose State University and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Golden Gate University. She has worked in public and academic libraries, and in undergraduate and graduate admissions and advising at public and private higher education institutions. She is active in ALA, and serves on ALSC, ASCLA, and NMRT committees; and presents at conferences and workshops. She most recently served as academic coordinator for Project Graduate at the University of Louisville.

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

ALA Editions 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.

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