Thursday, March 11, 2010

Virtual Training Opportunities in March and April

20 Questions: Successful Strategies for Job Searchers
Tuesday, March 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

This two hour online class explores 20 questions frequently encountered by job searchers. The class will include tips and strategies for success as well as top online job searching resources. Participants will learn how to direct job seekers to the best job listings for their field, how to guide job seekers to a variety of job search resources, how to post resumes to online job banks, how to use Web 2.0 networking sites for job searching, and more.

Virtual Trainer: Julie LaDell - Thomas, Lyrasis

20 Questions: Art Resources
Thursday, April 8, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

In this two hour, live online class, students will explore 20 of the best free online resources available for reference work in art and art history. Students will learn about online art resources librarians use to answer questions like “Where would I find a definition of ‘patina?’” and “Can you tell me where to find the full story of how Van Gogh cut off his own ear?” Students will then have the opportunity to explore art reference resources further in an after-class exercise.

Virtual Trainer: Russell Palmer, Lyrasis

Friday, April 9, 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

Librarians know that the target of keeping technologically current is always moving, and budgets are static at best. Each year, College of DuPage teleconferences dedicates one program that takes a look at future technology trends and gives librarians an important basis for their planning efforts. Libraries are both adopters and innovators, and are increasingly looking beyond the library environment for technological innovations and solutions.
This teleconference will address the current status of technology in the library and explore future technological trends as more information sources--and people-- migrate to online environments. Eric Lease Morgan, Head of the Digital Access and Information Architecture Department, University Libraries of Notre Dame, and others will explore libraries’ technology future.

20 Questions: US Government Resources
Thursday, April 22, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

The U.S. government provides its citizens with a wealth of information online, from simple facts to in-depth, detailed statistical information on a variety of topics. In this two-hour live online class, students will explore 20 U.S. government web pages in search of answers to questions like, "What is the GDP of Hungary?" and, "How many libraries are there in Kansas?” students will then have the opportunity to explore government Information resources further in an after-class exercise.

Virtual Trainer: Russell Palmer, Lyrasis

Monday, April 26, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

If delegating has never been your strong suit, take heart! This is an area you can improve - it just takes knowing yourself, knowing your employees, and knowing how to put that knowledge to work for you! We’ll first get a glimpse of what is consuming your time each day – and how to decide which of those tasks are “delegation-ready.” We’ll also look at tasks you’ve already delegated to determine if they’ve been delegated for the right reason – or just to reduce the slushpile. In the process, we’ll take a sneak peak at some of the reasons we haven’t been delegating – and why we don’t really want to.

Our goal will be to step back and look at what we’ve been doing – what’s been working well in the realm of delegating and where might we be able to improve? Then we’ll take it to the next level by uncovering 9 specific aspects of a task we need to look at when we consider delegating to our staff – details that will not only help us decide whether the job should be delegated, but also to whom? We’ll touch on how our personalities affect whether or not we are willing to let go of some of our work, as well as how our employees’ personalities should influence to whom we assign what task, project, or responsibility.

You’ll finish this session with a checklist of key points to consider when matching the right employee to the work you want done, as well as a bird’s eye view of the details that will ensure your success when delegating. You’ll come away with valuable information that will help you perform your job more effectively – and that makes work more fun!

Virtual Trainer: Linda Bruno, Library Consultant

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