Presented by Austin Stroud
Name: Austin StroudHometown: Mitchell, INCurrent Town: Bloomington, INCurrent Job Titles: ◦ Instructional Designer at the ...
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN: Bachelor of Science, Labor Studies Master of Science in Education, Instructional  S...
1.    Mitchell Community Public Library, Mitchell, IN - Library Clerk2.    Bedford Public Library, Bedford, IN – Circulati...
Main Duties: ◦ Designing/Developing technology classes and training   for the general public and library staff members ◦ O...
   Kindness   Approachability   Patience   Versatility   Ability to think quick on your feet   Desire to continually...
Past/Present/Future Offerings:Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint,Microsoft Access, Microsoft Publisher,...
   Survey staff and patrons to identify specific needs   Some class topics are a given for having an interest, such as  ...
   Some classes you try, will not work   If registration is low, there probably is not much need    for that class (or t...
   Many patrons taking my classes from the general public are    seniors   Patrons taking more advanced computer classes...
The ideal training environment depends on theaudience you are serving: ◦   Projector ◦   Windows PC’s (personal computers)...
Where possible, utilize some free trainingmaterials available on the Internet (be mindfulof copyright) ◦   http://www.gcfl...
   Indiana Library Federation: http://www.ilfonline.org/    ◦ $40/year membership for full-time students    ◦ 2013 ILF Co...
   ALA Think Tank:    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ALAthinkTANK/   LibraryAware Lab: https://www.facebook.com/groups/...
   Free technology classes at the Monroe County Public Library:    http://mcpl.info/page/technology-calendar   Free soft...
   Volunteer opportunities at the Monroe County Public Library:    http://mcpl.info/geninfo/volunteer-openings   Take S6...
   WebJunction’s Jobs in Indiana Libraries:    http://www.webjunction.org/partners/indiana/jobs-in-indiana-libraries.html...
   Questions/Comments?   Contact Information:      Austin Stroud      303 East Kirkwood Avenue      Bloomington, IN 4740...
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Public Library Services: My Path & Experiences

  1. 1. Presented by Austin Stroud
  2. 2. Name: Austin StroudHometown: Mitchell, INCurrent Town: Bloomington, INCurrent Job Titles: ◦ Instructional Designer at the Monroe County Public Library ◦ Adjunct Faculty at Ivy Tech Community College  Instructor/Course Developer for LIBR105 – Library Technology  Instructor for IVYT101 – First Year Seminar  Quality Matters Peer Reviewer for Computer Information Systems and Library Technical Assistant courses to review the quality of these online courses
  3. 3. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN: Bachelor of Science, Labor Studies Master of Science in Education, Instructional Systems TechnologyIUPUI, Indianapolis, IN: Master of Library Science
  4. 4. 1. Mitchell Community Public Library, Mitchell, IN - Library Clerk2. Bedford Public Library, Bedford, IN – Circulation Clerk & Page3. Indiana University Main Library, Bloomington, IN – Technical Services (Serials) Assistant4. University Information Technology Services, Bloomington, IN – Computer Lab Consultant & Consultant Supervisor5. UNITE HERE, Indianapolis, IN – Union Organizing Intern6. WebLink International, Indianapolis, IN - Software Support Specialist & Web Developer7. Harrison College, Indianapolis, IN – Instructional Developer8. Brownsburg Public Library, Brownsburg, IN – Reference Assistant9. Ivy Tech Community College, Columbus, IN – Online Technologies Coordinator10. Up to the present!
  5. 5. Main Duties: ◦ Designing/Developing technology classes and training for the general public and library staff members ◦ One on one training sessions with library staff members and the general public ◦ Getting library staff training approved for Library Education Unit (LEU) credit from the State Library ◦ Training library staff members on new technologies ◦ Documentation for the general public on new offerings (databases, equipment, etc.) ◦ Committee meetings within the library (Staff Development, External Communications, Facebook, Serving Patrons with Disabilities, Digital Creativity) ◦ See full job description (handout)
  6. 6.  Kindness Approachability Patience Versatility Ability to think quick on your feet Desire to continually learn Sense of humor
  7. 7. Past/Present/Future Offerings:Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint,Microsoft Access, Microsoft Publisher, Organizing/EditingPhotos, Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Gmail, Open SourceSoftware, Typing/Keyboarding, Online Job Searching, Budgetingwith Microsoft Excel, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Web Design,Open Lab Technology Question & Answer
  8. 8.  Survey staff and patrons to identify specific needs Some class topics are a given for having an interest, such as Microsoft Word – basic computer classes are always needed Some things to consider when building a class/training: ◦ How long should the training be? ◦ What time of day and day of week should the training be offered? ◦ Where should the training be held (think of equipment needs)? ◦ Who is the target audience for the training (what skills are necessary)? ◦ What instructional methods should be used (video, lecture, books, PowerPoint, handouts, etc.)? ◦ Should the training be online only, face-to-face, or both? ◦ Should the topic be broken up into multiple sessions? These questions and more can ALL be answered through surveying the staff and patrons you are serving Different branches have different training needs – survey each separately
  9. 9.  Some classes you try, will not work If registration is low, there probably is not much need for that class (or the timing is off) Be open to trying new things and experimenting to find what works best in instructing a given topic Use a variety of instructional methods, as not everyone learns the same way Be mindful of staff and patrons with disabilities – create classes that anyone could take If you show it in the class, have it in a handout for the staff or patrons to take with them (or a link to a resource at the very least) Have a backup plan in case the technology fails – don’t put all of your eggs in one basket
  10. 10.  Many patrons taking my classes from the general public are seniors Patrons taking more advanced computer classes generally have a better understanding of how to use a computer Patrons in the basic computer classes (computer basics, email, Microsoft Word, etc.) generally need more one on one attention On the library staff member side, each department has its own unique training needs and desires
  11. 11. The ideal training environment depends on theaudience you are serving: ◦ Projector ◦ Windows PC’s (personal computers) ◦ Macintosh computers ◦ Desktop computers or a mobile laptop setup ◦ Lighting adjustable ◦ Speakers or headphones (if not built into computer) ◦ Small class sizes for basics (one on one may be necessary), bigger class sizes possible for advanced
  12. 12. Where possible, utilize some free trainingmaterials available on the Internet (be mindfulof copyright) ◦ http://www.gcflearnfree.org ◦ http://office.microsoft.com ◦ http://www.customguide.com ◦ http://www.digitalliteracyassessment.org/ ◦ Ask colleagues in other libraries for ideas, or if they would be willing to share materials
  13. 13.  Indiana Library Federation: http://www.ilfonline.org/ ◦ $40/year membership for full-time students ◦ 2013 ILF Conference October 21-23 Indiana Convention Center (Indianapolis) Indiana Online Users Group: http://www.iolug.org/ ◦ $10/year membership for students ◦ Conferences in the fall and spring – Spring 2013 conference is May 3rd at Indiana Wesleyan University North in Indianapolis American Library Association: http://www.ala.org ◦ $33/year membership for students ◦ Annual Conference is in Chicago this summer June 27-July 2 Indiana Librarian List-servs: http://www.in.gov/library/listservs.htm ◦ Free
  14. 14.  ALA Think Tank: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ALAthinkTANK/ LibraryAware Lab: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lalab/ LinkedIn Groups: ◦ American Library Association ◦ Bloomington Technology Partnership ◦ WebJunction ◦ Training&Development
  15. 15.  Free technology classes at the Monroe County Public Library: http://mcpl.info/page/technology-calendar Free software downloads for Indiana University students/staff: http://iuware.iu.edu/ Free, self-paced training on computer programming/web design: http://www.codecademy.com Free IT-training for Indiana University students/staff: http://ittraining.iu.edu/ If you still have time, take some information science IT- oriented courses through SLIS
  16. 16.  Volunteer opportunities at the Monroe County Public Library: http://mcpl.info/geninfo/volunteer-openings Take S605 for completing an internship (if you have time) Check with SLIS for more volunteer opportunities
  17. 17.  WebJunction’s Jobs in Indiana Libraries: http://www.webjunction.org/partners/indiana/jobs-in-indiana-libraries.html I Need a Library Job: http://inalj.com/ SLIS: http://ils.indiana.edu/careers/job_links.php
  18. 18.  Questions/Comments? Contact Information: Austin Stroud 303 East Kirkwood Avenue Bloomington, IN 47408 Phone: (812) 349-3050 ext. 1666 Email: astroud@mcpl.info Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/austintstroud Twitter: https://twitter.com/austroud LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/austinstroud/

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