Talking Technology: An Experiential Tour of Library Technology

Monday, 4/24/2017 - Friday, 6/2/2017


Register online, or register by mail or fax by downloading the registration form (PDF format.)


The Library Tech Project is a six-week asynchronous online course, designed to give librarians direct exposure to different types of library-related technology that they may have heard about but have not had the opportunity to use.  The emphasis is on experiential learning, where participants handle different devices to see what they do and how they work.  We may also test-drive digital resources.  Participants must be willing to travel, if necessary, to nearby libraries in order to utilize equipment that is not available where they are currently employed.  There is no fixed list of things we'll be studying.  Rather, the course is set up as more of a collaborative effort, where people get to voice their preferences based on the things covered in our course textbook, which is Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion, 5th ed. (Burke. 2016).  Each participant will be required to turn in four site visit reports describing where he went to get the hands-on experience and what he learned.  Reports will be posted in online forums where others can read and comment on them.  Mentoring of one another will be encouraged.



  •  Technology competencies - The course is aimed at changing attitudes toward technology, encouraging overall technological literacy rather than mastery of a certain type of technology. 

Who Should Attend

Everyone who would like to collaboratively and collegially experience a variety of library technologies. 


Dana M. Lucisano received her MLS from Southern Connecticut State University. The inspiration for her courses comes directly from her career as a reference librarian. Her specializations within reference include readers’ advisory, collection development, genealogy and local history, as well as computer instruction. During 2016, she began studying how to use video to enhance the delivery of reference services. An active ALA member, she is a book reviewer for RUSQ and Reference and User Services Quarterly. She is currently employed as a reference librarian at the Silas Bronson Library, in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA. For more information, see her LinkedIn profile:



  • $130 for RUSA members
  • $175 for ALA members
  • $210 for non-ALA members
  • $100 for student members and retired members

How to Register

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete, and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete, and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Tech Requirements

RUSA encourages people with disabilities to participate fully in its continuing education programs. When registering for an online course, please tell us about any special needs you have so that we can discuss possible accommodations or you may email Jennifer Cross, RUSA Web Services Manager at

ALA uses Moodle for all online educational courses. It is hosted at Learn more about Moodle at

All content for this course will be provided by the instructor. No textbook required. 


Questions about your registration should be directed to Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Jennifer Cross, RUSA Web Manager, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!