You Can Do I.T.! How to Empower Library Staff with Basic Tech Management Skills


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The library field relies heavily on technology, but few front-line staff receive training in basic I.T. concepts that can build confidence when managing public access computer and working with patrons. The Texas State Library faced this challenge in more than 400 small public libraries in rural areas. They responded with You Can Do I.T., a friendly, approachable hardware, software, and networking skills training program.

Join us for this free webinar to learn how you can demystify technology to empower others around you, no matter your technical ability or where you work. We will share our approaches to I.T. training to engage different learning styles, free and adaptable resources, and lessons learned from hands-on experience in the field.  

Techsoup is providing a free webinar on Wednesday, February 08, 2017, from 1:00am to 2:00pm  CST.  Register here. 

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This webinar will be recorded and archived on the TechSoup website. Please register for this webinar to receive an email notification when the archive is available.

About the presenters:

Carson Block has led, managed, and supported library technology efforts for more than 17 years. He has been called "a geek who speaks English" and enjoys acting as a bridge between the worlds of librarians and hard-core technologists. He has a passion to de-mystify technology for the uninitiated, and to help IT professionals understand and support the goals of libraries. As a consultant, Carson is often brought in to help solve complex institutional issues and to help align the library's public service mission with its technology efforts to serve the needs of patrons and staff.

Cindy Fisher is a library technology consultant for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission where she travels around the state to serve the needs of small and rural libraries with the You Can Do I.T. program. As a former learning technologies librarian, Cindy loves teaching technology and believes that empathy is the heart of teaching, along with equal doses of patience and curiosity.

Henry Stokes is a Library Technology Consultant at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. He provides training and consulting for library staff across the state with a focus on emerging technology trends and broadband connectivity. As State E-rate Coordinator for Texas, he supports public libraries participating in the E-rate telecommunications discount program.

Crystal Schimpf is a librarian and trainer with a passion for program design and technology in publc libraries. She has worked on training projects with the Colorado State Library, Infopeople, the Urban Libraries Council, and the Public Library Association. In addition to her work at TechSoup, she is the founder of Kixal, where she creates transformative training experiences for staff in libraries and nonprofits.

(From TechSoup, January 6, 2017)

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