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  • 1. Who are they? What do they want? Assessing patron needs for Information Literacy in Public Libraries
  • 2. Review the Pew
    • Pew Internet & American Life Project “ A Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users ” May 7, 2007 release
  • 3. Review the Pew
    • Who can we help?
    • 49% seems probable, the “Few Tech Assets” profile
  • 4. Locating Students
    • - Know your community demographic
    • - Know local resources outside of the library
    • - Is there a gap to be filled?
  • 5. Create Opportunity
    • Listen to your patron requests
    • Create a survey
    • Ask patrons to submit ideas to a Suggestion Box
  • 6. Community Outreach
    • Appeal to niche groups such as parents wanting to help children with homework online
    • Offer health related searching class using your databases
  • 7. Bringing New Skills to Old Hands
    • Can the 20% Middle of the Road users be tempted?
    • - Managing Files/Folders
    • - Digital Camera Skills – using free sources such as Flickr, Pixenate, Picnik, Snipshot
    • - EBay Skills
    • - Internet Security issues
  • 8. Acknowledge Limitations
    • Lack of bandwidth in library
    • Lack of reliable access to computers both in library and at home due to limitation of space and funds
    • Lack of transportation or mobility of the patron
  • 9. A Question for the Future
    • At what point will Information Literacy become a basic skill, similar to reading a newspaper or a book, navigating a library catalog, or using an ATM?
  • 10. Internet Librarian Resources
    • Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study (2007)
    • http://www.ala.org/ala/ors/publiclibraryfundingtechnologyaccessstudy/pullibfunandtechaccstudy.htm
    • see also: Clark, Lara, “Libraries Connect Communities,” American Libraries September 2007 p. 62-63
    • Pew Internet & American Life Project
    • http://www.pewinternet.org/
    • A great place to monitor reports pertaining to the internet and the demographics and profiles of our potential patrons.
    • A Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users
    • http://tinyurl.com/ynq49t
    • E-patients With a Disability or Chronic Disease
    • http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/EPatients_Chronic_Conditions_2007.pdf
    • Santa Monica Public Library Computer Class Questionnaire
    • Get Connected Flash Film produced by Santa Monica Public Library
    • http:// www.smpl.org/classes/Flash_movie.htm