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Workshop Helps You Get More Comfortable Answering Users’ E-Book Questions

2013 November 22

e-book-vintage200pxTexas libraries, watch and participate in a great new American Library Association (ALA) 2-part online workshop How to Discuss E-Books with Patrons at a library near you on Thursday, December 5 (Part 1) and December 12 (Part 2) from 1:30-3:00pm CST.  Find your nearest host site here.

If you would like to attend the workshop viewing at one of the listed locations, contact the host library’s site coordinator directly via email to make sure they have space, to let them know you are coming, and to get details and parking information.  Participants will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for each part of this event:

How to Discuss E-Books with Patrons (ALA TechSource online workshop)
A two-part workshop viewing, December 5 (Part 1) and December 12 (Part 2) at 1:30-3:00pm, CST
Presenter:  Public librarian Phil Spirito, head of Adult Services at Indian Trails Library District (IL).  Mr. Spirito began his career in information technology, and as many years of experience as an instruction and technology librarian.

Workshop Description:  E-Books are now an indispensable part of library collections, and not only do patrons expect them in the library, they also expect librarians to be able to assist them with e-books. In the first session, presenter Phil Spirito will offer practical tips and tricks for improving your technical know-how, giving you the confidence to handle patrons’ e-book-related technology questions. In the second session, he will cover several different aspects of e-books and explain how they function on different devices and platforms. Workshop attendees will:

  • Dramatically improve e-book and technology skills
  • Be able to handle a range of patron e-book questions
  • Be able to use e-book resources confidently

With thanks to hosting libraries, these two webinars are sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) with grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Questions about other continuing education opportunities from TSLAC? Contact Thea Blair at, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

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  1. Julie Rivera permalink
    December 2, 2013

    Are these webinars free?

  2. Thea Blair permalink
    December 4, 2013

    The two-part “How to Discuss E-Books with Patrons” online workshop viewing is free to libraries visiting one of the host sites to view. Contact your nearest host site to see if they have space available for more guests – host sites are listed here

    Thea Blair
    Manager, Continuing Education and Consulting
    Library Development and Networking Division

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