Category Archives: Teaching Experience

Links for Self-Directed Learning for Tech Trainers

This information is helpful for librarians and teachers.

  1. T is for Training — ( a biweekly call-in podcast run by Maurice Coleman of the Harford County Library System, Bel Air, MD, and a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.
  2. NCOMPASS Live — (  a weekly video series from the Nebraska Library Commission, hosted by Christa Burns with monthly Tech Talks by Michael Sauers.
  3. Techsoup for Libraries — ( webinars and articles on libraries and technology.
  4. IDEALWARE — ( a site that suggests and reviews software and services for nonprofits; also has video tutorials and articles.
  5. Former Librarians — ( a couple of former librarians have branched out into offering webinars and workshops for staff.


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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Teaching Experience, Technology


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Technology Training @ Public Library

Some public libraries provide technology training to the general public. The training is usually free and library staff are the instructors. Depending on the size of the library, you can find the following trainings:

  • Formal classroom sessions
  • Drop-In sessions
  • Online Tutorial sessions
  • Quick Guide sessions (15 minute demo)

The following libraries offer technology training to the general public:

You can check your public library’s website to see if they offer technology training workshops.



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Teaching Tool for Science/Math Teachers

For those of you teaching Math and Science, here is an “interesting” activity provided by Texas Instruments that looks at the math and science of a zombie outbreak.

This could be a fun activity that teaches students to critically think and problem solve.

And better to do it now before the zombies come for their brains.


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Posted by on August 18, 2013 in Teaching Experience, Teaching Tools


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CIL 2013- Enabling Innovation

Enabling Innovation
Presenters: James King, Jill Hurst Wahl, and Heather Braum

James King presentation was focused on the “The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators” by Clayton Christensen (
5 Discovery Skills:
• Associating – connecting seemingly unrelated questions, problems, or ideas from difference fields
• Questioning – asking questions to understand how things really are today, why they are that way, and how they might be changed or disrupted
• Observing – carefully watching the world to help gain insights into and ideas for new ways of doing things
• Experimenting – constantly visiting new places, trying new things, seeking new information, and experimenting to learn new things
• Networking – going out of the way to meet people with wildly different backgrounds and perspectives to extend your own knowledge

This session generated ideas on innovative actions that could be taken this year in order to remain relevant with a library’s target audiences. Below is a list of ideas created from this session by the attendees:
• Personalize the web site for each user
• eContent vending machines
• open database access to the community with no authentication required
• Give up classification systems and let patrons shelve books where it makes sense to them
• Adjust culture to “yes” as a default, rather than “no”
• Kill failing projects rather than letting them linger
• Loan mobile devices
• Optimize to ePubs formats
• Provide iPod based content
• Make site and service more personal rather than institutional (apply a name and a face to the services rather than a generic organizational name)

My brain storming ideas –
• Outreach to Non-Library Users
o Leave the library building (remove the warehouse mindset)
 Create community topic groups
 Create community focused workshops/programs (how to use devices for research)
• Create partnerships with business and IT professionals
o Share new technology
o Get outside funding to purchase new technology


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CIL 2013 – New Face of Reference

New Face of Reference –

Shari Clayman (internet reference librarian) and Abbey Gerken (assistant library network coordinator) shared information about on how an ask-a-librarian service leverages the time and expertise of EPA librarians across the country to present a unified service to all EPA staff. They shared lessons learned during the last 3 years and future plans.
• Ask-a-Librarian (Online Reference Service)
o Patrons can……
 Live chat
 Submit a question
 View frequent questions (most used service by patrons)
• Includes 11 EPA libraries
• Service is staffed 8am – 8pm Monday to Thursday and 8am – 7pm Friday

David Stern shared information about workspace collaboration tools (, Google+,) and describes the use of a shared workspace for manipulating multiple media materials and the sharing of real-time workstation screens to understand and demonstrate more sophisticated search methods and to facilitate the mastery of more advanced tools and techniques. While increasing collaboration and interaction at a distance, remote control is also the next step in offering advanced instruction, assistance, and collaboration.
• is one of the sites mentioned during the session. David Stern shared his experience with this collaboration tool. Students could see and hear him as well as view the PowerPoint slides. They responded to his questions using the text chat function. Vyew is free for up to ten participants. It does not require a software download, nor do participants even need to register. He created a demonstration of Vyew – Vyew Intro Video on

Crystal Shiffert (reference librarian) shared information her partnership with a vendor (Boopsie to develop a mobile app for the Monroe County Library System.
Boopsie for Libraries –
• Different packages to fit every library
• Design your app with your branding and imaging
• Work on multi-devices
• Libraries can use it as a readers’ advisory tool
• Librarians are more mobile in the stacks.

Krista Schmidt (research & instruction librarian) and Joel Marchesoni (technical support analyst) shared information about their development of a tablet-based kiosk to extend reference services at the Western Carolina University Library.

The Issues:
Understaffed at the reference desk
Increasing Workload to existing reference staff
Low Productivity at the reference desk
Tool to Solve Issues:
The library purchased a computer tablet and the technical support staff created an app which works like a “help button”. The tablet-based app notifies the reference staff when a patron needs assistance at the reference desk. The app is a chat client (they used their existing chat service provider and just created a profile for the “help button”). During the slow time periods, reference staff can work away from the reference desk and still service patrons. Kiosk style reference desk is very popular during the slow desk time. – Speakers Information List



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Online Course Content Resources

YouTube is not the only resource to find online course material.



A learning objects repository for many disciplines that features content submitted by teachers and faculty from across the world. Submissions are peer-reviewed and also user rated.





Open Courseware Consortium



This directory provides links to open courseware projects at colleges and universities across the world.





What is a MOOC?

MOOC Providers:





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Academic Earth – Video Sharing

Academic Earth ( could be a student’s best source. The site offers free access to video courses and academic lectures from leading colleges and universities in one educational repository. Anyone can watch the same full-length lectures for free. New videos are added every day by college professors. Lecture videos can be browsed in four different ways: subjects, universities, instructors, or playlists ( I recommend this resource for any student struggling with algebra, physics, and so on.









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