Technology Training in Libraries

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Success Stories

  • "First Geek Out Don't Freak Out Class" via LibraryTechtonics - example of a hands-on technology training class focusing on teaching patrons to use their feature-laden gadgets (Reading Public Library, Massachusetts).

Blogs/Websites to Watch

  • "Tuesday Technology Talks @ PPL" - The blog of Princeton Public Library's popular Tuesday Technology Talk series which is now in its 7th successful season. Tech Talks occur on the 1st Tuesday of each month and feature invited guest speakers talking about current and emerging technology. This blog previews each talk, provides relevant links after the talk and gives other tips and hints for attendees.
  • '' - written by Sarah Houghton-Jan, technology expert and trainer

Specific Blog Posts/Articles/Books to Check out

The Accidental Technology Trainer: A Guide for Libraries by Stephanie Gerding, published by Information Today, Inc.

IM Training Materials at TTW

Teaching RSS to Reference Librarians via TTW

Ten Tips for Tech Trainers in the Trenches via TTW

Training Technology Trainers: Lessons from the River Computers in Libraries, Sept. 2003 by Stephanie Gerding.

Technology Competencies and Training for Libraries, an ALA Library Technology Report by Sarah Houghton-Jan, author of

60 Sites in 60 Minutes Programs

In the past, this successful program was started at a Special Libraries Association conference and added to the annual Texas Library Association conference. There's no reason you can't do something similar for your patrons, though! And it doesn't have to be 60 sites or 60 minutes - you could do 10 sites in 10 minutes, 30 sites in 30 minutes, or whatever version works for you! We encourage you to link your presentations here so that others can be inspired by what you did!

60 Sites in 60 Minutes (2006 Texas Library Association) - Jenny Levine, The Shifted Librarian and Susan Skyzinski, LexisNexis

Jenny Kanji and Cindy Chick, presented 45 Sites in 45 Minutes at the recent California Joint Institute - Southern Calif. Assn. of Law Libraries, San Diego Assn. of Law Libraries and the Northern Calif. Assn. of Law Libraries. The emphasis is on California regulation and politics, but you'll find a bit of an eclectic mix ranging from a podcast search engine to a dancing Bush.

45 Sites in 45 Minutes