Monday, December 14, 2009

On-Site Technology Workshops with Mickey Boyd

As part of an LSTA grant project funded by the State Library & Archives of Florida, NEFLIN is providing full day on-site workshops led by popular trainer Mickey Boyd to our members in 2010.

Each class is 9:30 am - 4:00 pm and is free to NEFLIN members. Two topics are offered over many dates and locations throughout the NEFLIN region.

Collaborative Technologies in Libraries

Collaborative web technologies are changing the way people interact with information, and each other. This workshop will demonstrate and explain these new technologies, and will illustrate why they are so significant to the future of libraries. Indeed, the entire profession of librarianship is changing rapidly due to these and other Internet technologies. It is critically important for librarians to understand what is happening now, and what is coming in the near future. With ever-increasing pressure to do more with less, libraries must learn to leverage the popularity of collaborative and participatory technologies. It is fortunate that most of these technologies are open source and free. The challenge is to sculpt something useful and sustainable from these excellent resources. This workshop is about integrating new technologies into traditional services, and using them to develop new roles for libraries. We will discuss web syndication, virtual presence, social software, and much more. Scheduled classes:
  • Thursday, February 18 at Suwannee River Regional Library in Live Oak
  • Thursday, March 4 at St. Johns County Public Library in St. Augustine
  • Thursday, March 18 at Jacksonville Main Library in Jacksonville
  • Monday, April 19 at Columbia County Public Library in Lake City
  • Thursday, May 13 at Marion County Public Library in Ocala
  • Friday, May 14 at Alachua County Library District in Gainesville

Computer and Network Issues for Public Access Computing

Libraries have very specific Information Technology (IT) needs, and there are many challenges to develop and maintain information infrastructure for staff and patrons. In order to provide public access computing you need to have an understanding of computer and network related issues, how to protect patron privacy, wired versus wireless access, and technology purchasing strategies to save money in this time of flat or reduced budgets. This workshop will cover a variety of important topics, and will help libraries make effective decisions concerning computer and network resources. The workshop is intended for both technical staff and their supervisors, and particularly for staff members responsible for calling in outside sources of IT to solve problems. Scheduled classes:
  • Friday, February 19 at Flagler County Public Library in Palm Coast
  • Thursday, March 11 at Bradford County Public Library in Starke
  • Friday, March 12 at Clay County Headquarters Library in Fleming Island
  • Tuesday, April 20 at Nassau County Public Library in Yulee

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