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Get Up to Speed on Your Users’ Latest Tech Gadgets

2014 June 10

ALA TechSource Workshops logoTexas libraries, mark your calendars to participate in a great new American Library Association (ALA) TechSource 2-part online workshop viewing of Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians at a library near you on Wednesday, July 23 (Part 1) and July 24 (Part 2) from 1:30-3:00pm CDT.  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, and to get details and parking information.  Participants will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for each part of this event:

Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians (ALA TechSource online workshop)
A two-part workshop viewing, July 23 (Part 1) and July 24 (Part 2) at 1:30-3:00pm, CDT
Presenter:  Jason Griffey is an associate professor and technology strategist at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  His latest book Mobile Technology and Libraries is available as part of Neal Schuman’s well-respected Tech Set, and he was named one of Library Journal’s 2009 Movers and Shakers.

Workshop Description: As personal electronic devices become ubiquitous in everyday life, it’s essential that libraries are fluent in their language. Topics include:

Session 1: Tablets and eReaders
-Operating Systems versus Devices
-Tools for Managing Devices
-Best practices

Session 2: ChromeOS, Wearables, and Future Tech
-ChromeOS and Chromebooks
-Wearables and the next 2-5 years
-Circulation and Policy Decisions

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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