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Technology Training in Libraries

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Your library plays a crucial role as your community's epicenter for technology whether you provide skill building resources, free access to the Web or both. This guide outlines various types of technology training programs and helps you determine which one is right for your library. ...more
Paperback, 17 pages
Published June 18th 2010 by Neal-Schuman Publishers (first published March 1st 2010)
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Jun 18, 2020 added it
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For the March book club I read “Technology Training in Libraries” by Sarah Houghton-Jan. This book is exactly what I needed to find to support the creation of a comprehensive but basic technology training program for St. Paul Public Library branches and I feel that it is applicable to many other settings as well. Houghton-Jan's book is easy to follow and packed with important information that guides the reader step by step through the assessment, design/development, implementation and evaluation ...more
Paul Signorelli
Technology Training in Libraries sparkles with author Sarah Houghton-Jan's well deserved reputation for jargon-free, plain-talking, and humorously honest help for readers: "...having staff members who are not adequately trained in technology trying to support library users is like having a cardboard egg carton holding up an SUV," she suggests (p. 5) in a statement that could easily be applied to workers in many other organizations.

The book, in fact, offers plenty for those outside of libraries.
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Not what I expected. Aimed at technology training for library staff, not the public. Liked the idea of a technology petting zoo. And creating my own technology skill list. Also timely for my brainstorming meeting on "23 Things". ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Chapter 2 was interesting on developing a skills list and technology training and innovation plan.
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Sarah Houghton (formerly Sarah Houghton-Jan) is best known as the author of the award-winning which ran from 2004-2020. She is also the Director of Discovery and Delivery for the California Digital Library, part of the University of California.

Sarah has been called an iconoclast, a contrarian, a future-pusher, and a general pain in the ass. She takes great pride in each. Sarah

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