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    • Life as an Instructional Librarian Presented by Austin Stroud
    • Introduction Name: Austin Stroud Work Background: •Instructional Designer at the Monroe County Public Library here in Bloomington •Adjunct Faculty at Ivy Tech Community College Education Background: •Undergraduate – Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies (Indiana University) •Graduate – Master of Science in Education in Instructional Systems Technology (Indiana University) •Graduate – Master of Library Science (IUPUI)
    • Typical Duties • Designing/Developing classes to be taught to both the general public and the library staff • Maintaining/Updating class offerings to ensure they stay current • Submitting staff trainings for LEU or TLEU credit through the Indiana State Library (librarian certification required for certain positions) • One-on-one trainings with patrons as needed on specific topics of interest • Committee meetings throughout the library (staff development, marketing, social media, working with patrons with disabilities, etc.) • Attending webinars and area conferences to stay current in my skills • Filling in at the reference desk or at the circulation desk, even shelving books, as needed
    • Some days are busier than others!
    • Developing Classes Now that you know a bit more about me, let’s talk about the meat of an instructional librarian’s job: training
    • Needs Assessment • 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
    • Current Class Offerings • Microsoft Word 2010 for Beginners • Microsoft Excel 2010 Basics • Budgeting with Microsoft Excel 2010 • Typing Basics (three week course) • Introduction to Web Design • Facebook 101 • Introduction to Twitter • Online Job Searching • Open Source Software Alternatives • Presenting with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 • Email Basics (Gmail) • Internet Basics • Computer Basics • Technology Question and Answer (Open Lab – Ask Anything)
    • Don’t be afraid to fail! • Some classes you try, will not work • If registration is low, there probably is not much need for that class • 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
    • Job Market With an understanding about what goes into building classes for the staff and general public, how can you land a job in the field?
    • Get Experience and Knowledge To land an instructional librarian role, you need experience and knowledge. – Volunteer – If you have an interest, I would love to have your help (as would any public library) – Become well-rounded in your technology skills – No one can know everything, but try getting experience with a variety of computer software – Network with others in the field – Face-to-face networking by attending area library conferences or online networking in librarian-related groups or list-servs
    • Volunteer Opportunities • Volunteer opportunities at the Monroe County Public Library: http://mcpl.info/geninfo/volunteer-openings • The folders I have handed out have a volunteer application and all of the paperwork we give new volunteers • Take S605 for credit for completing an internship • Check with SLIS for more volunteer opportunities
    • Technology Skills • 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
    • Networking • 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
    • Networking • 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
    • General Job Tips • The more flexible you are on where you live, the easier it will be to find a position • There are more instructional librarian opportunities in academic libraries than in public libraries – you wear several hats in many public libraries • Be persistent and continue to build your resume and skills if you are not hired at your dream library – I worked in three other public libraries and for two colleges before I built the resume needed to come back “home” to Bloomington • Build an online portfolio showcasing your work and skills – sell yourself
    • Helpful Job Websites • 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/ • Ivy Tech Community College: https://jobs.ivytech.edu/ • Indiana University Libraries: http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=1412
    • The Future • The future is bright for instructional technology in libraries. Digital literacy is a major issue for any public library, and librarians on staff need to be trained and stay current in their skills to bridge this literacy gap. • You will see more of a need for online training in public libraries. Not many public libraries are doing this just yet. • You will see more one-on-one instructional sessions offered, such as the very popular one-on-one technology help sessions offered at the Monroe County Public Library. • Free training and support is critical, and libraries are one of the few sources of this in the community.
    • Contact Me 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/