Registration now open for PLA’s online train-the-technology trainer course in February

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting registrations for its “Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer” course. This four-week blended learning course begins Feb. 1 and is designed for library professionals who have unexpectedly found themselves responsible for technology training at their library.

Librarian, author and trainer Stephanie Gerding will guide participants through a highly interactive combination of live webinars, independent assignments and online discussions from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. See the full syllabus here.

As a result of taking the course, participants will know how to help others learn; will be able to incorporate hands-on activities that increase learning, participation and retention; will be able to organize, design, and share workshop materials to create a learning community; and will know best training practices from other libraries and experienced trainers;

Pricing for the four-week “Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer” course is $129.00 for PLA members, $159 for ALA members, and $179 for nonmembers.

Visit for more information and to register. Deadline to register for this course is Jan. 31.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.

Technology Training at Amigos

Amigos has scheduled web-based technology training in our live online classroom. Available courses include the following titles. All times below are Central Time.

Creating Mobile Websites
December 7 & 9
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST

Digital Imaging for Text-based Collections
December 1, 3, 8, 10
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST
Digital Library System and Applications
February 8-11, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

May 3-6, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Digital Project Planning & Management Basics
January 18-21, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

April 18-21, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

EAD2HTML: Transforming your Finding Aids with XSL
January 25-28, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Image Editing Fundamentals
March 23-24, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Introduction to the Encoded Archival Description
December 14 – 17
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST

Know & Go: Demystifying Image Editing
December 6
1:30p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CST

Know & Go: Wolfram Alpha and More Ready Ref on the Web
February 7, 2011
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Metadata Standards and Crosswalks
February 22-25, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

May 31-June 3, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

METS: The Basics
March 2-3, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tools for the Reference Desk
December 1 & 8
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST

Virtual Reference Communication
December 15 & 22
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST

Web Publishing: Principles of Site Design
January 11-14, 2011
10:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.

Web Publishing: The Basics
January 4-7, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


OCLC–related courses:

Basics of WorldCat Resource Sharing
January 18-21, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Connexion Browser – Authority Control
December 8
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. CST

Connexion Browser – Editing, Upgrading, and Enriching Master Records
February 10, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Connexion Client – Basic Bibliographic Searching
March 10, 2011
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Connexion Client – WorldCat, MARC, and Client Basics
January 13, 2011
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Constructing Custom Holdings in OCLC
March 8, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Creating Copy, Loan and Deflection Policies in OCLC
March 15, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Know & Go: WorldCat Direct
March 28, 2011
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Mysteries of the WorldCat Resource Sharing Administrative Module Explained
March 29-April 1, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Reminder: CONTENTdm Users Group December 1-3

If you haven’t yet registered for the first Southwestern CONTENTdm Users Group meeting, don’t delay! The meeting will be held at the University of Houston M.D. Anderson Library, December 1-3, 2010. The keynote session from Phyllis Kaiden (OCLC) will focus on the changes we will see in version 6. For more information, including registration, go to

For the most up-to-date training schedule, a complete list of courses, descriptions, and a convenient online registration form, visit or contact Chris Brown at Amigos, 1-800-843-8482, ext. 2829, or


Using Technology in Library Training with Paul Signorelli

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In these two ALA TechSource online workshops, Paul Signorelli provides hands-on, interactive instruction in using current web technology to enhance in-person training sessions or conduct remote training sessions for employees in multiple locations.

Session 1: Using Technology to Enhance In-Person Training

  • Incorporating YouTube, Google Docs, and SlideShare into onsite learning
  • Making PowerPoint effective and interesting
  • Using technology as a tool while focusing on learners

Session 2: Using Technology for Remote Training Sessions

  • Using Skype, Google Talk/Yahoo! Messenger, LinkedIn discussion groups, and other tools for learning
  • Adapting your onsite skills to provide effective online learning
  • Building online communities of learning

And much more!

    Sign up today and engage in
    90 minutes of discussion and
    interactive learning that
    you can’t get anywhere else!

About the Instructor
Paul Signorelli is a writer, trainer, and consultant who explores, uses, writes about, and helps others become familiar with Web 2.0 and smartphone technology to creatively facilitate positive change within organizations. He has participated in the ALA Learning Round Table, and written for ALA Learning blog, American Libraries magazine, and ALA Editions.

About ALA TechSource Workshops
ALA TechSource Workshops are focused, small-group online discussions that give you the opportunity to learn from experts who offer authoritative answers to your questions, as well as to interact with colleagues who have similar concerns. Workshops are recorded and, along with other materials, are made available to attendees for future reference.

Webcast Alert!: Doing More with Less: Training Up in Tough Economic Times

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DATE: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | TIME: 2:00–3:00 PM EDT | REGISTER TODAY

Gate counts keep going up, but staff levels are not. Patrons’ technological needs are increasing as many have lost their jobs and access to computers at the same time. Older patrons with little computer experience are finding that many insurance and financial forms need to be completed online. Is your staff ready to serve?

Library employee training budgets aren’t exactly getting fatter either, often forcing staff to just learn on the job or stagnate. And what about new hires? Are they expected to have already learned about your library’s technology as part of their education?

A group of training experts will discuss how ‘training up’ library staff can help stretch and boost the level of technological customer service your library can offer to patrons, and to the library itself. The webcast will also cover Web 2.0 tools and applications that make training sessions, documents and support readily accessible and available on-demand, 24/7. From academe, we’ll hear how one library school program is preparing its students for high touch high tech careers in our public, school, special and academic libraries.


Bud Hunt, Instructional Technologist, St. Vrain Valley School District, CO
Kerry McGeath, City Librarian/Deputy Director, Community Services, Southlake Public Library, TX
Claire McInerney, Department Chair, Associate Professor, Library and Information,Science, Rutgers School of Communication and Information, NJ

MODERATOR: Brad Rogers, Director of Implementations, Polaris Library Systems
Can’t make it on October 20? No problem!

LJ webcasts are archived for 12 months after the live event. With your webcast registration, enjoy the ability to access this event on demand as often as you’d like.

Three Fee-Free Library Webinars from MaintainIT: Laptops, Training and Gaming

Join us for these free webinars. Attend these sessions from your library, no travel needed!

The MaintainIT Project, (, interviews hundreds of librarians about how they maintain, support, and sustain their public computers. They publish all of these experiences, successes, and challenges in guides called Cookbooks, so librarians can learn from the experiences of others who’ve done it before them. The best part? Everything the MaintainIT Project does is FREE (thanks to a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant), and everything is on They also produce free webinars every month!

Sept. 30th Cookbook Book Club:  How Much Help Should You Provide Patrons With Laptops?
When:  09/30/2008 9:00am – 10:00am Pacific
Where:  Register on MaintainIT’s webinar space. Download and read the Cookbook chapter (pdf) here.

This month Brenda Hough will lead a lively discussion where you can share ideas, feedback, and ask questions about providing help and support to patrons using laptops. Find out how other libraries have handled troubleshooting, security, parking lot surfers, space issues and more!

Oct. 8th Train-the-Trainer:  The Power of Stories in Technology Training
When:  10/08/2008 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific
Where:  Register on MaintainIT’s webinar space, and come prepared to share your training tips, too.

Library trainers from around the country are finding this popular webinar series a great opportunity to discuss training tips, techniques and resources. This month we will focus on how storytelling can enhance your participants’ learning and retention.

Oct. 16th 30 Minute Webinar:  Get Your Game On: Quick tips to start a gaming program.
When:  10/16/08, 11:00am – 11:30am Pacific
Where: Register on WebJunction’s webinar space

Join Lori Reed, Employee Learning Coordinator at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg, as she interviews Beth Gallaway, a library trainer/consultant specializing in gaming, technology, and youth services. This will be a fast-paced and interactive session introducing the idea of gaming programs in libraries.

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