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Technology in Libraries
An Infopeople Online Learning Course (LSSC approved)
|Fee per learner||$ 200.00|
Instructor: Diana Silveira
Are you looking to move ahead in the library profession or better understand the role of technology within the library? Would you like to increase your understanding and boost your confidence of technology and how it integrates into the library?
Designed as a practical look at technology today, this course will help attendees grow more confident in utilizing hardware and software to deliver users' services and save time and effort in their daily tasks.
This interactive 6-week course, which satisfies all of the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) competency areas for technology, includes:
- Common technologies and e-resources in libraries
- How to use technology to succeed
- Cybersecurity, privacy, and other current issues
- How to assist users with technology
- Innovative technology
- How to troubleshoot and learn new technologies on your own without being overwhelmed
By the end of this course learners will:
- Know the general trends and developments in technology applications for library functions and services.
- Know the role and responsibility of libraries for introducing relevant applications of technology, including digital literacy, to the public.
- Know basic principles and best practices to ensure the integrity of data and the confidentiality of user activities.
- Know concepts and issues concerning the appropriate use of technology by different user groups.
- Demonstrate flexibility in adapting to new technology.
- Be able to assist and train users to operate public equipment, connect to the internet, use library software applications, and access library services from remote locations.
- Know role of technology in creating, identifying, retrieving, and accessing information resources and demonstrate facility with appropriate information discovery tools.
- Perform basic troubleshooting of technical problems and resolve or refer those problems as appropriate.
- Access and use basic assistive technologies, where appropriate, to ensure that all users have equitable access to technology
Course Description: This interactive 6-week course will be presented asynchronously with the integration of readings, video, discussion forums, online meetings and assignment options. The instructor will be accessible to assist attendees as needed. Leaners will be provided with essential resources, best practices, and useful tips and techniques that can be applied immediately in their library.
Course Outline: When you log in to the Infopeople online learning site, you will see weekly modules with these topics:
- Week 1: Digital Literacy
- What is digital literacy?
- Searching 101
- Evaluating Content for authoritative sources and information
- Digital Copyright and Acceptable Use
- Child Online Protection
- Communicating on the web/Collaboration on the Web
- Creating Digital Content
- Broadband and the Digital Divide
- Week 2: Library Resources and Discovery Layers and Discovery Points
- What are discovery tools?
- How can you use them at your library?
- Utilizing Library Resources
- Week 3: Cybersecurity and Privacy
- Cybersecurity for Library Staff and Users
- Securing networks – public and internal use
- User Confidentiality Best Practices
- Week 4: Assisting Users with Technology & Adaptive Technology
- The Reference Interview with Technology
- Working with Computers 101
- Common Library Software
- Helping users
- Managing Email
- Understanding Your Library & Vendor Help Policies
- Assistive Technologies
- Week 5: Keeping up with Technology and Troubleshooting
- Adapting and Learning new technology
- Troubleshooting 101
- Basic beginning steps
- Questions to Ask users or yourself
- Questions to ask users
- Techniques to try
- How to refer to the right person: Communicating the issue effectively
- Week 6: Emerging Trends in Library Technology
- Artificial Intelligence and Libraries
- Virtual and Augmented Realities (XR)
- Robotics in the Workplace
- Open Source
- 3D Printing
- Building Robotics
- What other trends are out there? How do you keep up to date?
Time Required: To complete this course, you can expect to spend 2 1/2 hours per week, for a total of fifteen course hours. Each week's module contains readings and various options for assignments, discussions, or online meetings. You can choose the options most relevant to your work and interests. Although you can work on each module at your own pace, at any hour of the day or night, it is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.
Who Should Take This Course: Library staff at public, academic libraries.
Online Learning Details and System Requirements may be found at: infopeople.org/training/online_learning_details.
Are you a member of ARSL? If so, you may be able to sign up for a free seat in this course. Limit is four free seats per course. Make your request here and if a free seat is available you will be notified.
Keywords: adult services, children's services, circulation, computer skills, information literacy, library instruction, professional development, staff development, technology