Technology Workshops

 

Basic ILL

A one-day informal workshop for school and public librarians. Participants should be familiar with the VALS Web2 Catalogs, VALS email and the Internet. We will cover in-state as well as out-of-state interlibrary loan procedures with group discussion and hands-on activities.

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Midstate Regional Library - April 7, 9:30-3:00

Hartland Public Library - April 21, 10:00-3:00
 

Basic Networking

In this half-day workshop we will discuss networking basics including: understanding basic concepts, jargon, and the practicalities of setting up, maintaining, and troubleshooting your small network. We'll have a particular focus on wireless.

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Midstate  Regional Library - March 5, 9:30-12:00


Introduction to MarcEdit

MarcEdit is a freely available shareware program that can be used to do editing of MARC format records in batches prior to loading into or after extracting from a MARC compatible library automation system. It can be used to delete, add or modify MARC fields in a batch of records. MarcEdit can also be used to break up large files of MARC records into smaller files or to join small files of MARC records into a single file.

This workshop will offer an introduction to the process of obtaining and installing the software and working with basic functions of MARCEdit. Hands-on activities will include using MARCEdit to examine and review MARC format files and editing records to add, delete, and modify MARC fields. There will also be a demonstration of how to use the MARCEdit tool for downloading MARC records from publicly available sources.

The morning session (9:30 am - 12 noon) will consist of structured activities and the afternoon session (aprox. 1:00 - 3:00 pm) is an optional opportunity to work with and explore the software.

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Midstate Regional Library - July 14, 9:30-12:00
 

It Works, But What's Next?

Web 2.0 has been around for a few years and lots of libraries have found great ways to integrate it into programs and services. In this session you'll spend the morning discovering how libraries are using wikis, blogs, microblogs, media creation tools, and more to connect with their communities and serve adults both inside and outside of the library. In the afternoon you'll get a glimpse of new and upcoming technologies, such as location based services and QR codes, that you will want to investigate and learn more about in order to determine if they are something to add to your library's technology toolbox or something that's likely to be here today but gone tomorrow.

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Aldrich Library, Barre - July 27, 9:30-3:00

 

It Works, But What's Next? - Youth Services Edition

Now that web 2.0 has been a part of youth librarian lives for several years, there are lots of great examples of how 2.0 technologies are being used in schools and public libraries with youth. In this session you'll find out how children's, teen, and school librarians are using blogs, microblogs, wikis, media creation tools, and more with young people. But, that's not all, you'll also find out what's new and cool in the tech world (location based services, QR codes, etc.) that in just a few more years might be an integral a part of youth oriented programs and services, or might be a memory of something that just never worked out.

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Aldrich Library, Barre - July 26, 9:30-3:00
 

Managing Library Technology

This workshop will offer you a handful of basic strategies for dealing with technology issues in your library. These strategies won't turn you into a hands-on tech support expert, but will help you feel more comfortable with planning for and making decisions about the technology based services offered by your library. Included in what we will cover are: inventory, planning, finding and contracting with tech support, managing volunteer tech support. We will be looking at vothe day-to-day issues (the Internet is broken) as well as more long germ ones (going beyond simply replacing what breaks).

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Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock - August 17, 9:30-12:00

 

Managing Public Access Computers

In this half-day workshop we will answer the question: What software options enable patrons to have a meaningful and useful computer experience while still protecting the machines? We will look at simple tools and strategies for configuring and managing public access computers. We will discuss the current standard for hardware and software and what “lockdown” options are available. You’ll have hands-on opportunity to look at various options, including OpenOffice and Deepfreeze. Come and share your successes and hear what other librarians are doing.

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Midstate Regional Library - June 17, 9:30-12:00
 

MarcEdit Beyond the Basics

This workshop is for those who are familiar with the basic functions of MarcEdit such as adding, deleting fields in MARC records, and making simple modifications to MARC fields. Functions that will be addressed will include: using MarcEdit to gather and process records from other catalogs before loading them into your library automation system, exporting MARC record data to formats for reporting holdings to VUC/Pubcat, and the usefulness and limitations of MARC validator. Content may be tailored to attendees interests, so please use the comment section on the registration form to indicate specific functions or topics that are of interest to you.

On Demand sessions of this workshop are available by contacting Sheila Kearns (802) 828-6952 sheila.kearns@state.vt.us and can be customized to the needs/interests of the requesting group. Group sizes for this workshop should be between 5 and 10 participants. If there are more than 8 participants, some may need to supply their own laptop for hands-on activities.

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Kimball Public Library, Randolph - October 7, 9:30-12:00
 

Video Production for Librarians

This workshop will provide an opportunity for librarians to make an advertisement for their library. Participants will learn and experiment with Flip Cams and camcorders.  Basic concepts in videography will be discussed and demonstrated.  The session will also include hands-on training for non-linear editing using Microsoft Moviemaker from footage participants shoot themselves.

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Midstate Regional Library - September 3, 9:30-3:00
 

Webpage Design Using WordPress

This hands-on workshop will give participants a chance to create a free website for their libraries and the knowledge needed to maintain it. Web tools and widgets offered by the WordPress interface will be included in the demonstration. Concepts in web design will also be discussed

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Midstate Regional Library - July 23, 9:30-3:00