Promoting “2.0 Training” with “Fantastic Freebies” ( and other Innovative Programs ) Presented by: Janie Hermann Bob Keith...
<ul><li>Single-branch municipal library in heart of downtown (very close to Princeton University) </li></ul><ul><li>New(is...
Traditional Tech Training <ul><li>Computer Basics </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Basics </li></ul><ul>...
Disclaimr <ul><li>Many libraries lack staff time and money to expand computer classes </li></ul><ul><li>Better to rephrase...
Get the word out <ul><li>Position yourself and your staff as  </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tech Gurus” </li></ul><ul><li>Get involv...
Never Underestimate  the Power of  Attractive, Professional Full-Color Posters
 
 
 
Bringing them in <ul><li>Fantastic Freebies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone likes to get something for free </li></ul></ul>...
2.0 Toolbox
How we locate “Freebies” <ul><li>PC Magazine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Top 101 Sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best Free Soft...
Text Editing Freebies <ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>YourDraft </li></ul><ul><li>Ajaxwrite </li></ul>
Organization Freebies <ul><li>Tadalists </li></ul><ul><li>Cozi Central </li></ul><ul><li>Google Calendar </li></ul>
Productivity Freebies <ul><li>LogMeIn </li></ul><ul><li>CCleaner </li></ul>
Photo and Video Freebies <ul><li>The GIMP </li></ul><ul><li>Everystockphoto </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>One...
Our plans for Future Classes <ul><li>Move from Photoshop to GIMP and Pixer/Picnik </li></ul><ul><li>Move from Blogger to W...
A few Final Tips <ul><li>Train staff and patrons together   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates transparency  </li></ul></ul><ul...
Contact Us <ul><li>Janie Hermann </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Keith </li></ul><ul><li>[email...
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Promoting 2.0 Training with "Fantastic Freebies"

  1. 1. Promoting “2.0 Training” with “Fantastic Freebies” ( and other Innovative Programs ) Presented by: Janie Hermann Bob Keith Princeton Public Library Princeton, NJ Session D305: Tech Freebies and Program Ideas Computers in Libraries 2007 Crystal City, VA
  2. 2. <ul><li>Single-branch municipal library in heart of downtown (very close to Princeton University) </li></ul><ul><li>New(ish) state-of-the-art 58,000 square foot building ( opened in April 2004 ) </li></ul><ul><li>Staff: 54 FTE; Population: 31,000 </li></ul><ul><li>100+ computers for public use </li></ul><ul><li>Fully equipped technology center with lots of software and a “Gadget Garage” </li></ul>Princeton Public Library
  3. 3. Traditional Tech Training <ul><li>Computer Basics </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Basics </li></ul><ul><li>Search Engines </li></ul><ul><li>Online Catalog </li></ul><ul><li>Word Processing/Spreadsheets etc. </li></ul><ul><li>You can do more! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Disclaimr <ul><li>Many libraries lack staff time and money to expand computer classes </li></ul><ul><li>Better to rephrase “Computer Classes” as “Technology Training” </li></ul><ul><li>Several easy to implement paths to grow a Tech Training program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low cost in money and staff time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agile, can teach new tech quickly </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Get the word out <ul><li>Position yourself and your staff as </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tech Gurus” </li></ul><ul><li>Get involved with local users’ groups </li></ul><ul><li>Present for local groups (PTOs, Job Seekers, Service Clubs, Chambers of Commerce) </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and/or join Technology Mailing Lists </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Technology Training Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Sell up at each and every class </li></ul><ul><li>Tease with new content </li></ul>
  6. 6. Never Underestimate the Power of Attractive, Professional Full-Color Posters
  7. 10. Bringing them in <ul><li>Fantastic Freebies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone likes to get something for free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple to implement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be presented to large groups as lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jumpstart the 2.0 buzz </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Listen to suggestions – Give ‘em what they want </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo editing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tips, advice, etc on how to use computers and Internet better </li></ul></ul>
  8. 11. 2.0 Toolbox
  9. 12. How we locate “Freebies” <ul><li>PC Magazine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Top 101 Sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best Free Software </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SEOmoz’s Web 2.0 Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Time Magazine’s 50 Coolest Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Filehippo (freeware with some shareware) </li></ul>Constantly Scan Tech Blogs, Library Blogs, Tech News Sites and the Popular Media!
  10. 13. Text Editing Freebies <ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>YourDraft </li></ul><ul><li>Ajaxwrite </li></ul>
  11. 14. Organization Freebies <ul><li>Tadalists </li></ul><ul><li>Cozi Central </li></ul><ul><li>Google Calendar </li></ul>
  12. 15. Productivity Freebies <ul><li>LogMeIn </li></ul><ul><li>CCleaner </li></ul>
  13. 16. Photo and Video Freebies <ul><li>The GIMP </li></ul><ul><li>Everystockphoto </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>OneTrueMedia </li></ul>
  14. 17. Our plans for Future Classes <ul><li>Move from Photoshop to GIMP and Pixer/Picnik </li></ul><ul><li>Move from Blogger to Wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>Move from Bloglines to Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Social Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>How to create and host Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube/OneTrueMedia/SplashCast (video editing and hosting online) </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Scrapbooking </li></ul><ul><li>Our classes are always in Constant Beta </li></ul><ul><li>Keep things fresh and keep innovating! </li></ul>
  15. 18. A few Final Tips <ul><li>Train staff and patrons together </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates transparency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boosts statistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saves time and money </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop rotating classes </li></ul><ul><li>Offer classes in series (i.e. mini-courses) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeps students engaged </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have students work on a project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Real world application </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sense of accomplishment </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 19. Contact Us <ul><li>Janie Hermann </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Keith </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Slides will be posted at Library Garden </li></ul><ul><li>http://librarygarden.blogspot.com </li></ul>
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