For immediate release | April 19, 2011

Learn how to become a more efficient library manager through technology in new ALA TechSource workshop

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces the latest in its series of Online Workshops -- Using Technology in Library Management: Skills for More Efficient Administration and Communication, with Kenley Neufeld.

From staff supervision to budgets, the work of the library administrator is never done. In this workshop, library director and technology expert Kenley Neufeld offers simple, practical steps for using free or low-cost technology to help make library administration and communication with staff more effective and efficient. You’ll learn to implement new communication tools, use cloud-based tools such as Google Docs for document collaboration, solve problems using social media and manage stress for more effective listening and communication.

Topics covered in this workshop include:

Session 1: Better Communication through Technology

  • Communicating via text and instant message and using a smartphone
  • Integrating around Google: Using Google Voice, Gmail, Google Docs and other Google Tools
  • Staying connected with tools like GroupMe, Boxcar, Twitter and Facebook
  • How to use these tools to stay informed

Session 2: Increasing Your Efficiency as a Manager

  • Using calendar tools like Google Calendar, Doodle and RTM
  • Making collaboration easier with Google Docs
  • Using Dropbox: A lifesaver

Kenley Neufeld is the library director at Santa Barbara City College. As an active member of the American Library Association, Kenley has been chair of the Community and Junior College Libraries Section of ACRL and chair of ALA Committee on Education, in addition to numerous other committees. Kenley has recently received the Santa Barbara City College Faculty Excellence Award for 2008. In 1997 he was one of 25 librarians selected for the ALA Emerging Leaders Institute.

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop, from 2:30- 4 p.m. EDT on June 2 and 9, can be purchased at the ALA Store. To learn more, please refer to the ALA TechSource Workshops Frequently Asked Questions.

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.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness, and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide.


Dan Freeman