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Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies - Cybertour at CiL2014


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Library staff face a constant stream of new technologies to explore and evaluate. Get a refresher on how to learn a new technology or tool, and how to take what you’ve learned and pass it on to the public and other staff.

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Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies - Cybertour at CiL2014

  1. 1. You don't need to know everything.
  2. 2. You don't need to know everything. The goal is to know about the things that interest, motivate and compel you, and to be aware of as much of the rest as you can.
  3. 3. Stay Informed  Social media – friends & colleagues  Popular magazines & websites, pop culture sites  Gizmodo, Engadget, CNet, Slashdot, Lifehacker, ZDNet, Atlantic Cities, ThisIsColossal  SXSW, TED / TEDx  Major news sources: New York Times, BBC, CNN, Time, The Economist Tech Quarterly
  4. 4. Stay Informed Technical conferences – even if you don’t attend, skimming the session topics will tell you what’s important / coming  Tech: Consumer Electronics Show (CES) , Interop (general IT), Macworld, Velocity (web optimization), Defcon (security), NANOG (networks), LISA (sysadmin)  Gaming conventions: E3, Gaming Developers Convention (GDC)  tech-conferences-2014/
  5. 5. Stay Informed • Read as you can, or set aside time to read each day. • Use your current "professional reading" schedule and substitute online for paper. • Try to read any source relative to its posting frequency. More frequent posts = more frequent reading.
  6. 6. Learning a New Tool  Read about it online  Read the screen  Push the buttons  Take your time  Don’t be afraid  Do the ‘driving’ yourself
  7. 7. Pass on What You Have Learned…  Have an idea / See a need  Do you have the skill to teach?  Choose the scope  Determine class format and duration  Choose visual presentation format  Flesh out the program – exercises, handouts, etc.  Present!  Evaluate, refine and specify
  8. 8. Can you teach it?  You need to know more about a topic to teach it than to just do it  Can you answer the random questions?  Can you give additional details to the advanced students?  Can you suggest next steps after your workshop?  Do you have a goal for your students?
  9. 9. Yes? Great! Here we go…. What you know you don’t know What you think you know What you know you know