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Developing & Running  your own E-reader      Seminars   and Gadget Labs                Sarah Felkar, MLISPublic Services A...
Outline• Introduction• Why?• Goals• Planning• Execution• Ensuring Success• Evaluation• Discussion
Why?
GoalsWhat are your organizations Mission, Vision, Goals, Values?
GoalsHow might working with gadgets support those goals?
Planning• What are you already offering?• Ask your community• Find out what other local libraries are doing• What can your...
Purchasing
ExecutionTypes of programs• Staff Training• Seminar Style• Hands-onAll need• Tech-savvy staff member• Some gadgets
Staff TrainingTypes• One-on-one sessions• Small groups (pop-labs)• Webinars• Self-paced lessons
Staff TrainingOne-on-OnePros• Able to give staff excellent, customized  training on any number of tech topicsCons•Time con...
SeminarsTypes• Device Information Session• Library Downloadables Information Session• Group Q&A
SeminarsWest Vancouver Memorial Librarys"Ebook & E-reader Information Session"Pros• Lots of people at once• Answer questio...
Hands-OnTypes:• One Staff Member, 6-12 patrons    o   Downloading Library ebooks or audiobooks, or        music    o   Usi...
Hands-OnLondon Public Librarys Gadget LabsPros:• Able to help a variety of patrons on a diverse number of  topics• Staff u...
OthersWhat other types of activities have you heard of?How might we set them up?
Ensuring Success• Soft launch• Advertise• Make sure your staff & board buy-in
Ensuring SuccessBe aware of:• Documentation   o   Circulation procedures   o   Resetting   o   Troubleshooting• Cataloguin...
EvaluationDecide on your method of evaluating beforelaunching so that your can work in into youractivity•Collect comments•...
EvaluationDid it work?• Set an evaluation period• Collect information• AnalyseThen adjust the program as necessary.
Summary• Match the program to librarys goals and    mission•   Discover Community Needs•   Choose the right program to fit...
DiscussionQuestions?
No Questions?          2. Which one seems the hardest to put           together?          3. What hurdle seems highest?   ...
Helpful ResourcesBlogs:•   No Shelf Required: http://www.libraries.wright.edu/noshelfrequired/•   Lori Reed/Library Traine...
Thank you!Email: sfelkar@westvanlibrary.caTwitter: @SarahFelkarSlides:
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Developing & Running your own E-reader Seminars and Gadget Labs

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Presentation for the Netspeed 2012 Conference in Edmonton, AB.

Brief abstract: Often, one-on-one instruction is not the most efficient nor enjoyable
method of helping your staff or community learn more about technology. And as Ereaders, tablet computers, smartphones and other gadgets grow in number and type
library staff need to have ways of addressing questions about these devices.
Whether you are a highly tech-skilled library or feel a bit behind the times, this
hands-on workshop is designed to help you best serve your community’s needs.

This session will:
• Help you assess your staff or community’s needs
• Help you decide the best teaching option for each kind of audience or device
• Give you a working knowledge of a number of popular devices
• Suggest ways to evaluate your programs
• Give you an opportunity to discuss ideas and opportunities with other attendees

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Developing & Running your own E-reader Seminars and Gadget Labs

  1. 1. Developing & Running your own E-reader Seminars and Gadget Labs Sarah Felkar, MLISPublic Services Assistant, West Vancouver Memorial Library 10 am, October 19, 2012 Netspeed 2012, Edmonton, Alberta
  2. 2. Outline• Introduction• Why?• Goals• Planning• Execution• Ensuring Success• Evaluation• Discussion
  3. 3. Why?
  4. 4. GoalsWhat are your organizations Mission, Vision, Goals, Values?
  5. 5. GoalsHow might working with gadgets support those goals?
  6. 6. Planning• What are you already offering?• Ask your community• Find out what other local libraries are doing• What can your library support?
  7. 7. Purchasing
  8. 8. ExecutionTypes of programs• Staff Training• Seminar Style• Hands-onAll need• Tech-savvy staff member• Some gadgets
  9. 9. Staff TrainingTypes• One-on-one sessions• Small groups (pop-labs)• Webinars• Self-paced lessons
  10. 10. Staff TrainingOne-on-OnePros• Able to give staff excellent, customized training on any number of tech topicsCons•Time consuming
  11. 11. SeminarsTypes• Device Information Session• Library Downloadables Information Session• Group Q&A
  12. 12. SeminarsWest Vancouver Memorial Librarys"Ebook & E-reader Information Session"Pros• Lots of people at once• Answer questions some people might not know to ask• Only one staff member necessaryCons• Expectation of very specific answers
  13. 13. Hands-OnTypes:• One Staff Member, 6-12 patrons o Downloading Library ebooks or audiobooks, or music o Using a Kindle / Sony / Kobo o Using iPads• Many Staff (and volunteers), Many patrons o Drop-in gadget labs o Gadget/e-Reader Fairs• No Staff, many patrons o Gadget Library
  14. 14. Hands-OnLondon Public Librarys Gadget LabsPros:• Able to help a variety of patrons on a diverse number of topics• Staff used as content experts• Volunteers as hardware expertsCons:• Need to organize volunteers
  15. 15. OthersWhat other types of activities have you heard of?How might we set them up?
  16. 16. Ensuring Success• Soft launch• Advertise• Make sure your staff & board buy-in
  17. 17. Ensuring SuccessBe aware of:• Documentation o Circulation procedures o Resetting o Troubleshooting• Cataloguing Questions o Do we? Dont we?• Continual Change o New devices all the time
  18. 18. EvaluationDecide on your method of evaluating beforelaunching so that your can work in into youractivity•Collect comments•Use feedback forms•Ask staff about their experiences
  19. 19. EvaluationDid it work?• Set an evaluation period• Collect information• AnalyseThen adjust the program as necessary.
  20. 20. Summary• Match the program to librarys goals and mission• Discover Community Needs• Choose the right program to fit your community• Run over a trial period• Evaluate and adjust
  21. 21. DiscussionQuestions?
  22. 22. No Questions? 2. Which one seems the hardest to put together? 3. What hurdle seems highest? 4. Does evaluating seen daunting?1. Which activity would work best for you?
  23. 23. Helpful ResourcesBlogs:• No Shelf Required: http://www.libraries.wright.edu/noshelfrequired/• Lori Reed/Library Trainer: http://lorireed.com/• Teleread: http://www.teleread.com/• Digital Reader: http://www.the-digital-reader.com/Publications:“Growing a Technology Equipment Service in an Academic Library” by Sean Anderson and Sue Weatherbee (Computers in Libraries July/August 2012)Gadgets and Gizmos: Libraries and the Post-PC Era by Jason Griffey (Library Technology Reports vol 48 no 3)Overdrives Test Drive Center: http://www.overdrive.com/resources/testdrive/approved-devices.aspx
  24. 24. Thank you!Email: sfelkar@westvanlibrary.caTwitter: @SarahFelkarSlides:

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