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Hosting Opportunity for “Gadgets in the Library” Online Workshop

2014 May 2

ALA TechSource Workshops logoThe State Library has a FREE opportunity for Texas libraries to host a group onsite viewing of an upcoming ALA TechSource 2-part online workshop. Apply to be a host site before May 19, 2014!

Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians
Dates/Times For This Online Workshop Viewing:
Part 1 – Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 1:30 – 3:00pm CDT

Part 2 – Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 1:30 – 3:00pm CDT

Description: Personal electronic devices have become ubiquitous in everyday life. Whether your library wants to use these items in its services or purchase them to lend out to patrons, this two-part workshop will provide the foundation for bringing your library into the future through gadgets.

Session 1: Tablets and eReaders. This session will cover the following topics:

  • Why do we care?
  • Operating Systems versus Devices
  • Tools for Managing Devices
  • Discussion on best practices

Session 2: ChromeOS, Wearables, and Future Tech. Session 2 will cover the following topics:

  • ChromeOS and Chromebooks
  • Wearables and the next 2-5 years
  • Circulation and Policy Decisions

About the Instructor: Dynamic presenter Jason Griffey is an associate professor and chief technology strategist at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His latest book Mobile Technology and Libraries is available as a part of Neal Schuman’s well-respected Tech Set.

What does being a host library mean?

Interested Host Libraries Sign Up Here:

1. You agree to have a group of 3 or more people viewing the online workshop together at your location.

2. Designate one site coordinator for the online workshop.

3. Your site coordinator reports back to the State Library after each session, to report on the attendees, and on the total number of library staff that attended. We have a handy online form for this, that we share with you.

4. Your site coordinator emails us a short evaluation after the event in order for us to gauge the impact of providing this content.

5. Reach out to area libraries to invite them to join you at your library to view the workshop. A simple email invite to local libraries or colleagues is appreciated.

6. Have reliable access to the internet and be willing to set up a computer to run Webex (relatively simple process) to view the live workshop.

Please Note: A minimum number of 10 libraries need to be interested in hosting this event in order for us to pursue the purchase of this group license. When we get our minimum number, we’ll contact the host libraries with additional information. For those that would like to attend, we’ll also post a list of host sites around the state on our blog.

Questions host requirements or the workshop viewing? Contact Thea Blair at, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

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  1. irene scharf permalink
    May 2, 2014

    Thanks for the May 2014 free CE classes.

    I would like to see more classes or programs and services for Seniors.
    They are a fast-growing library community, especially in retirement-haven
    San Antonio.

  2. Thea Blair permalink
    May 2, 2014

    Thank you for your suggestions for continuing education topics. As we plan our offerings each year, we use input from comments like yours, surveys we take, an advisory committee, strategic planning goals for our agency, and more.

    Currently, we do have several archived webinars available on the topic of services for seniors. While they are archived versions of presentation, you may want to take a look at to see if they are helpful to you. “Boomers: Serving the Next Generation of Seniors”, “Senior Spaces: Creating Your Library as a Place for Older Adults”, and “Outreach to Seniors” are available within our State Library online course interface. “Libraries Go Boom! Library Service to Older Adults and Baby Boomers” is another webinar that is available through our WebJunction Texas service. You can access all of these webinars via our State Library online course training page at

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

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