You Can Do I.T. Basic Library Technology Series

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The Teaching Technology in Libraries workshop will provide you with best practices in teaching technology to adults and provide ample time to practice these new skills through individual reflection, hands-on activities, and small and large group discussion. The overwhelming feedback from our Texas Public Library Technology Survey was that you want training to help patrons with technology, whether it’s one-on-one or in groups so here's your chance!

In addition to our traditional workshop set-up, we’re also trying something new!
During the afternoon we will host a Tech Tour & Talk where attendees will learn from one another. Bring your most pressing technology questions whether it's about offering or preparing technology programs for your patrons, getting recommendations on hardware or software, or sharing technology tips and inspiration! At each location, we’ll also take time to tour the host library to learn about their technology services and providers. Together, we can DO I.T.!

Workshop Outcomes

Workshop Schedule

When you leave this workshop, you will be able to:
  • Confidently help patrons with technology for a one-on-one interaction or a class environment and based on best practices and concepts in adult learning theory.
  • Recognize similarities between library research skills, customer service skills and technology troubleshooting skills.
  • Approach technology questions with confidence and leave with strategies to examine and build upon areas of expertise and areas for growth.
  • Connect with colleagues locally or statewide to share technology resources and build a community of practice.

Morning topics:
  • Technology self-check survey
  • Top tips for patron technology training
  • The technology reference interview
  • Technology resource scavenger hunt

Afternoon topics:
  • Technology tour of the hosting library
  • Hands-on practice with different types of patron technology (where available)
  • Group discussion and round-robin to share ideas, tips, and tricks related to technology


About the presenter
Cindy Fisher is a Library Technology Consultant at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Cindy has over ten years of experience teaching technology to adults of all ages as both a Teaching Fellow and a Learning Technologies Librarian. She loves teaching technology and believes that empathy is the heart of teaching, along with equal doses of patience and curiosity. As the You Can Do I.T. program manager, she is invested in helping small and rural libraries in Texas expand their technology capacity.
Workshop Details
CE Credit: 
6.5 TSLAC CE  hours hours                                                    

Audience: All are welcome, though these workshops are designed for staff looking to gain experience and confidence in their technology skills and serving communities of less than 25,000 people.
Workshop: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE!


Fall 2017

Spring 2018*

Oct 12       Seguin
Oct 26       Hewitt
Nov 16      Wichita Falls
Nov 27      Robstown
Nov 28      McAllen

If you have special space, equipment
or language needs, please contact Cindy!

Jan 24    San Angelo
Jan 26    Fort Davis
Feb  5    Denton 
Feb 7     Mount Pleasant
Feb 22   Uvalde
Feb 27   Nacogdoches
Apr 24   Canyon
Apr 26   Midland
May 7    Houston

Assistance: The Tocker Foundation accepts applications for financial assistance to offset travel costs (hotel, mileage, etc.) for Texas public libraries located in towns of 12,000 or less. Visit the Foundation's website for further eligibility requirements and the online application.

For more information or assistance contact:

Cindy Fisher
Library Technology Consultant

**Please note, continuing education credits are only available for Texas library staff.

This workshop is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. (2017)

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