Tuesday, December 21, 2010

New LE@D Courses

LE@D has announced two new courses available to NEFLIN members.
See all courses and registration instructions here

What is your first response when faced with a genealogy question? Interest in family history research is fast-growing, both as an educational tool and an enjoyable pastime. Users seeking information about their ancestors often have high expectations when requesting assistance from library staff, but your library's ability to serve genealogy searchers depends on your size, your collection, your staff, and your experience and training. Given these factors, this course is designed to provide you with tools and training to share your skills effectively within your library. Your understanding of research methods and resources and your ability to locate and access information can be a valuable asset to genealogy searchers. When you have completed this course, you will be able to:
  • Teach other staff members in your library five steps to answer genealogy questions
  • Describe genealogy records as evidence and explain the various record types
  • Explain how genealogy forms are organized and formatted, giving examples
  • Create useful genealogy research notes with different types of sources
  • Show your library users how to use some specific online genealogy resources
  • Avoid common problems in genealogy research
  • Recognize some social networking sites for genealogy (with helpful organizations)
  • Begin to develop your collection to support genealogy research more thoroughly
  • Customize some genealogy programming ideas for your library.

What does it take to be ready, willing, and able to provide quality homework help (with all that that phrase entails), while all around you, everything seems to be spinning wildly out of control? That's what we're going to find out! In our economic climate, libraries are critical to fostering school success. Within this course, we will discuss practical ideas and tips for reaching today's students and assisting them in achieving their educational goals. When you have completed this course, you will be able to:
  • Do a better job of preparing for your library users
  • Provide useful homework help in a busy environment
  • Respond to more kinds of information needs from your library patrons
  • Discuss tools to create homework help
  • Recognize some high-quality resources for homework help
  • Understand what other folks have done that works well in libraries
  • Share tips and techniques
  • Feel confident launching a homework help center in your library, using the suggested sites, tips and tools provided.
See instructions for registration and all LE@D courses:

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