For libraries, it's one of the biggest conundrums of our time. To be the library your patrons want and need you to be, you've got to be high-tech, offering fast, IT-integrated services people can't get on their own. Yet to do this, you have to spend money...money you do not have in your budget.
In a new ALA TechSource Workshop, trainers and technology experts Robin Hastings and Maurice Coleman will show you how you can utilize the latest technology tools and train yourself to stay on top of new trends without breaking the bank, and in some cases, without even touching it.
Maurice and Robin will discuss best practices for using technology to keep your library connected and up to date. With their expert guidance, you will be able to evaluate and implement low-cost and free tools for your systems and your patrons. You'll learn about sources of information and training that are available to you and your staff.
To get an idea of the kind of things Robin and Maurice will discuss, check out the preliminary reading list for workshop attendees:
- TechSoup for Libraries: Planning for Success http://techsoupforlibraries.org/cookbooks/planning-for-success
- Technology Planning Made Easy http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/bld/library_tech/TechnologyPlanningMadeEasy.doc
- (Familiarize Yourself with this Blog) The Atlas of New Librarianship http://www.newlibrarianship.org/wordpress/
- Confronting the Future: Strategic Visions for the 21st Century Public Library http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oitp/publications/policybriefs/confronting_the_futu.pdf
Don't miss your chance to learn! This two-part workshop takes place on Wednesdays February 1st and 8th, 2012 at 2:00pm Eastern. Each session lasts 90 minutes. Registration is available at the ALA Store. Registration is available at both individual and group rates.