Tag Archive for 'training'

Next CSL in Session: Wildly Successful Meetings: Impossible Dream or Easy Peasy Reality?

  • CSLinSessionWith: Sharon Morris
  • When: 04/17/2014 | 12:00p – 1:00p, Mountain Time
  • Where: CSL in Session



So… you have to run a meeting and you want it to awesome…or at least not as bad as those meetings that people walk out of saying, “What a waste of time.” Join this interactive session!

Sure, we will start by kvetching about what goes wrong in meetings, but by the end you will have practical and easy techniques for meetings. You will get tips for planning so that everyone is focused and the content is relevant, facilitating so that you bring out the best in everyone in the room, and be able to come to consensus about where you are heading.

Bring your own success stories and strategies too, because with CSL in Session, everyone shares expertise.

Creating, Sustaining and Getting It Done

By Kieran Hixon

I have been thinking a lot about innovation lately.  Some of it stems from going around to different libraries and seeing how everyone solves problems… there are some fantastically creative problem solvers in library-land.  One library I was in had used a diaper to stop the leak in the roof.  Creative?  Yes.  Long term solution?  No.  [They lost the election too… the one that would have really fixed their roof problem.] We are so good at coming up with ways to solve problems – maybe too good.

Let’s talk about long term strategies for success with technology that builds on our creative, service based, no-holds barred, fierce determination for literacy .  Shoot, I know some librarians around here that are so determined  to promote early literacy that they leave boxes of books in places underserved populations will find them – no check outs, no names, just books.  It gets a little more complicated with digital literacy. Continue reading ‘Creating, Sustaining and Getting It Done’

Helping Hands for Public Computer Centers

By Crystal Schimpf

Need more people to teach computer classes? Looking for tutors to help people individually? Wish you had someone to help install and test new software on your computers?

Volunteers may be the answer you’ve been searching for. Public Computer Centers are finding many ways to utilize volunteers to allow them to offer more training for the public and to manage the technology. Continue reading ‘Helping Hands for Public Computer Centers’

I didn’t fail the test; I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. – Benjamin Franklin

By Kieran Hixon

The author William Gibson said, “The future has already arrived. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.”

When I think about the Public Computing Centers going in to 77 places in Colorado – 700 laptops, 450 desktops, 70 ADA stations, and all those iPads – I think, “Wow, we are starting to make a dent in distribution of the future.”

Then I think about all the classes that are rolling out to the public and I think, “Wow, this could really help.” Continue reading ‘I didn’t fail the test; I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. – Benjamin Franklin’

People are in the center

By Kieran Hixon

Today I am sort of in a mood to rant.  I say rant rather than write because there is some stuff boiling in my head that is less polished and more, well, more like a wild, impassioned ponderment.

Currently my job is as a trainer for the state library.  I am part of a solution to help bring Public Computer Centers to places all across Colorado.  I am excited about the training, matter of fact, I see my job as a key component to helping Colorado bridge the digital divide. Continue reading ‘People are in the center’

Tools for Trainers: Tech Soup for Libraries

By Crystal Schimpf

Have you visited the Tech Soup for Libraries website? (Learn more about what they do by clicking here). They have some great resources for tech trainers, the latest being a blog post about the benefits of creating workshop outlines before teaching (Planning Technology Workshops: Save Time, Lower Stress, and Increase Success by Stephanie Gerding).  I think this is a great idea, and something we teach in our Train the Technology Trainer workshops (see Teaching Technology: Classroom Instruction) Continue reading ‘Tools for Trainers: Tech Soup for Libraries’

Libraries and Public Computer Centers: What business are we in?

By Crystal Schimpf

Libraries have been going through some pretty major changes over the last decade, as technology becomes more integrated into our daily lives. Public computing has become a library service in high demand, and portable tech devices are changing the way library users access information. The Internet is fast becoming the main form of communication for work and home life, and cloud computing is changing the way we store and access personal information. (But don’t take my word for it. Check out these reports from the Knight Commission, the U.S. Impact Study, and the U.S. Department of Commerce to get the facts.) Continue reading ‘Libraries and Public Computer Centers: What business are we in?’

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…..

By Kieran Hixon

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, I had a Good Idea.  Like many Good Ideas I’d had in the past, this one was very exciting.  I brought my co-workers in on it. I spent non-work hours considering and pondering it.  I made Effort, lots and lots of effort.  We rolled it out.   The Good Idea came to fruition.   We created much hoopla.  It was still exciting and relevant for the next month or two.  The next thing that happened to the Good-Idea-That-Came-to-Fruition was the Great Nothing.   The Good-Idea-That-Came-to-Fruition became an object to be dusted.  Gah!  The Good Idea had been a fad.  The Good Idea did not have the capacity to endure. Continue reading ‘A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…..’

Wanted: magical talking cat OR a librarian

By Kieran Hixon

When I used to give presentations about video gaming to librarians, I often got the comment, ‘I don’t know which video games to purchase for the library because I don’t play video games.’  I always said, ‘I don’t read books about cats that solve mysteries but I read the reviews of those who do.’  [Okay, I have been known to read a few books where the ever intrepid investigator has a little feline help, but don’t tell anyone!]  That’s the great thing about working in a library. We know how to find things out.  We can research and find reviews on computer software, training, and technology as easily as we can find sources on great books to buy. It’s in our blood. Continue reading ‘Wanted: magical talking cat OR a librarian’

What the heck is a competency?

By Crystal Schimpf

And more importantly, why do competencies matter?

I’ve been pondering these questions for a few weeks now. I have been working with my fellow BTOP trainers to develop a set of competencies for technology trainers. These competencies will guide the “Train the Trainer” sessions we will offer to staff at BTOP locations across the state.

Competencies describe the knowledge, skills, and behavior necessary to perform a specific job. I know, it is not the most glamorous word, but competencies play a supporting role in a job well done! Continue reading ‘What the heck is a competency?’