LibraryYOU – training is an essential component

LibraryYOU is a project by the Escondido Public Libraryin California. It’s all about collecting and sharing local knowledge with videos and podcasts. I had the opportunity to interview Donna Feddern from Escondido Public about the project. Our chat is about 30 minutes long and the recording is available here: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-05-30.1450.M.A3485DA46D73096DA2D54F0777B15F.vcr&sid=2011591 Donna has been tracking the…

Want vs. Need

I’m working on the book and thinking about wants vs. needs. Regarding technology, what do library users need and what do they want? There’s another level to this question, too. What do librarians think users want and what do they really want (and what do librarians think users need and what do they really need)?…

Transformation: The Dragonfly Project

Here’s an example of a library technology training project making an impact! Check out The Dragonfly Project @ The Haines Borough Public Library (the library is located in a small, rural Alaskan community). “Tech-savvy young people from ages 11 to 21 are the teachers, sharing their computer skills with others by becoming mentors. They learn…

Rural Libraries and Patron Training

The Public Libraries and the Internet report states that public libraries are: “Providing training to help raise patrons’ skill levels. Seniors, people without Internet access at home, and adults seeking continuing education are the primary audiences of technology training. While a majority of libraries offer training, only 28% offer training on a scheduled basis (either…

Library Instruction Wiki

From Rebecca… You know the phrase “kill two birds with one stone”? Well, welcome to the Library Instruction Wiki, a “collaboratively developed resource for librarians involved with or interested in instruction.” Not only can you contribute your ideas and practices, but you can access a multitude of library instruction information contributed by other “librarians with…