Patron Outreach Sessions2


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Patron Outreach Sessions2

  1. 1. Conducting Patron Database Community Outreach Sessions Learning to conduct and organize patron outreach sessions in your community. Questions, please contact Julie Pepera Gale Customer Training Consultant at: [email_address]
  2. 2. Why conduct patron information sessions on FEL databases? <ul><li>The Florida Electronic library has already paid for these resources for everyone to use. </li></ul><ul><li>- This is a free resource for all citizens of the state of Florida. </li></ul><ul><li>There is excellent content in these resources, including free magazines and newspapers. </li></ul><ul><li>Usage is down among public library users and without usage you may lose the resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Information Literacy is a skill that all citizens deserve to learn and there is no one else teaching it. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Creating Patron database training sessions. <ul><li>Targeted Sessions work best ! </li></ul><ul><li>- Librarians who have conducted patron training sessions have had the greatest attendance when they have invited specific groups in for scheduled sessions. </li></ul><ul><li>- Specific groups already have an interest in the content of the databases and in learning the skills that they build. </li></ul><ul><li>- Specific groups already have meeting times when you can visit them or that can come into the library. </li></ul><ul><li>Targeting groups allows you to tailor the sessions to their interests. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Possible Target Groups Entrepreneurs - PowerSearch Boys and Girl Scout Troops – Kids Info Bits After School Organizations – Kids Info Bits; PowerSearch Church Youth Groups – Kids Info Bits; PowerSearch Adult Education groups – PowerSearch; Health and Wellness Resource Center Career Centers - PowerSearch Teachers – Kids Info Bits; PowerSearch; Homeschoolers – Kids Info Bits; PowerSearch Parent Teacher Associations – Kids Info Bits; PowerSearch College Bound Seniors – Academic Research; PowerSearch Debate Teams – PowerSearch; AARP – Health and Wellness Reference Center Chamber of Commerce – Business Resource Rotary Clubs - PowerSearch Other ideas?
  5. 5. How to conduct a training session <ul><li>1. Explain why they need to learn how to use databases. </li></ul><ul><li>- Scholarly Journal Articles and College Research (This is a skill needed, but not taught, in College) . </li></ul><ul><li>- Basic Information Literacy (What’s a Journal article, what’s a Reference Title, the difference between these and regular books) . </li></ul><ul><li>- Reliable Content (Why isn’t Google so great to use to conduct research.) . </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers and Magazines that they wouldn’t have access to otherwise (New York Times, Wall Street Journal) . </li></ul>The next slides you can use in your training sessions!
  6. 6. Information Literacy <ul><li>It is different from just reading because it concerns how people use and judge information. </li></ul><ul><li>It is important in making life decisions, such as who and what sources to trust. </li></ul><ul><li>Databases are REQUIRED to write papers in college, but their use is not taught. </li></ul>Example Slide 1: Convincing the Crowd Academic Journals Magazines Websites Reference Books ALL of these are in the Gale resources, and all are useful in a different way!
  7. 7. Google Versus Gale Your third grader is writing a paper on the state of Michigan and needs basic information on the state. They type “Michigan” in Google. The results are NOT helpful because they are not age appropriate or specific enough. Over 33 Million Results! First result state government site for adults not children. Second result for the university. Random articles on university sports. Example Slide 2: Convincing the Crowd
  8. 8. Google Versus Gale Easy to click browse to results! List of important people from Michigan Brief history at their level. Entire sections on flags, maps and graphs. Get safe, reliable content at the right level without overwhelming results! Example Slide 3: Convincing the Crowd
  9. 9. How to conduct a training session <ul><li>2. Demonstrate the databases. </li></ul><ul><li>Get into the database if you can </li></ul><ul><li>Show all of the features and tools they will need. </li></ul><ul><li>Show them how to search. </li></ul><ul><li>Explain what a search results set looks list. </li></ul><ul><li>Give them an articles. (Print one out if you can!) </li></ul>The next slides you can use in your training sessions!
  10. 10. Important Tools to Point Out: Home Page Level <ul><li>Type in your search term here, just like Google. </li></ul>Example Slide 4: Demonstrating the Database Browse down to narrow your topics here. The toolbox gives you articles and worksheets on Information Literacy .
  11. 11. Important Tools to Point Out: Search Results Level Example Slide 5: Demonstrating the Database Use the content tabs to look at different types of information. Check out the reading levels. Click on the title to read the full text article. Look at the document type to see what kind of article it is. The citation information tells you what book the article comes from.
  12. 12. Important Tools to Point Out: Article Level Example Slide 6: Demonstrating the Database Read full text article online. Have the article read to you! Print the article here! Email the article to read later. Download the audio version to your Ipod Graphs and images in the text.
  13. 13. How to conduct a training session <ul><li>3. Do a practice search and assignment. </li></ul><ul><li>Have them play with the database if they can. </li></ul><ul><li>Take current assignments from the crowd. </li></ul><ul><li>Use real life tests. </li></ul>The next slide you can use in your training sessions!
  14. 14. Sample Practice Search <ul><li>Your fourth grade student is writing a paper on any American president of his choice. Help him get three different types of sources for his paper. </li></ul><ul><li>KidsInfo Bits People US Presidents John Adams </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; John Adams .&quot;   The Columbia Encyclopedia , 6th ed. Columbia University Press, 2000. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; Unnecessary war: how far should president go to preserve &quot;an honorable peace&quot;?(American History Play) &quot;   Wilmore, Kathy Junior Scholastic March 10, 2008 v110 i14 p18(4) </li></ul><ul><li>Image. &quot; John Adams .&quot; (National Archives and Records Administration) </li></ul>Example Slide 7: Sample Assignments and Searches
  15. 15. Creating a Contact List <ul><li>Look up groups and community organizations in your area using Yahoo Local and Google . </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>Link to contacts for email and phone. Talk to the Planning and Projects person? Start searching for contacts now!
  16. 16. Invitation Emails Introduce yourself and your library. Explain what databases are. Dear Julie, Invite their group to the library to watch a training session. Contact Information. Sample invitation emails will be provided!
  17. 17. Conclusion: What you should have gotten from today. <ul><ul><li>An enhanced knowledge of the FEL databases from Gale, the content in them and how to best use them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ability to conduct a training session for your patrons on how to use the FEL databases and why to use them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A lesson plan to follow during your patron training sessions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Power Points to use during patron training sessions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample questions and database examples to use during your patron training sessions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A list of contacts in your community that you will be able to send invitations to set up patron training sessions for their groups. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideas for additional groups to contact to set up more patron training sessions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A sample letter to send out as an invitation. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Thank You