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Staying Up To Date in the Ever-Changing Library World


Instructors: Rita Vine and Denise Bisson, Workingfaster.com

Change is a constant in libraries. New databases, new search engines,
copyright updates, ethical issues - it's all important, but how do you
stay up to date without sacrificing other important work? And how do you
choose the best resources to help you with your current awareness
activities?

WHEN
  On-line @ your desktop, 6 weeks starting February 14, 2005

REGISTER ON-LINE TODAY at www.thepartnership.ca under 2004/2005
Calendar. Scroll down to February 14th.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 In this six week program, you'll learn strategies for identification,
selection, and monitoring of current awareness tools. The course will
cover a variety of electronic sources of information. You will have a
chance to practice selecting and using several different types of tools,
including mailing lists, weblogs, newsfeed/RSS tools and software, and
web page monitoring services.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

 This course is for anyone who needs to improve their ability to stay up
to date on important library issues and find ways to effectively and
efficiently organize and track their selected resources. Librarians,
senior library technicians, and reference providers at all levels will
benefit from this program.

KEY TOPICS YOU WILL EXPLORE ON-LINE
    EUR     Setting goals and objectives for your current awareness
activities
    EUR     Electronic newsletters and mailing lists - selection and
subscribing
    EUR     Using on-line journals with new issue alerts
    EUR     Weblogs and RSS feeds - selection and use
    EUR     Introduction to newsreader software
    EUR     Using web page monitor services and tools
    EUR     Strategies to facilitate current awareness in your library

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION

 Each week, you'll receive an e-mail with the lesson for that week, plus
practice exercises that will help you work through the week's sources
and reinforce your learning. A web-based bulletin board will enable you
and other participants to ask question of the instructor and to provide
on-line feedback about problems incurred. The course will include a
teleconference call with you and your fellow participants, hosted by the
instructor, to give advice and clarify the learning experience.

HOW YOU WILL BENEFIT

 Participants will be introduced to a wide variety of web resources for
current awareness. You will have the opportunity to use high quality
specialized tools for facilitating current awareness and effective use
of these resources. You will develop a set of objectives for your own
current awareness, and discuss strategies to improve current awareness
in your local setting.

FEES

 Members: $149.00 + GST
Non-members: $194.00 + GST


Instructor Biographies

 Rita Vine is Canada's best-known Internet search trainer. She is the
co-founder of Workingfaster.com, which helps professionals break through
the clutter of the Internet and access information that matters. Rita
has been a professional librarian for over 20 years, and has held
positions at the University of Calgary and University of Toronto
libraries. She is also the lead selector of the Search Portfolio, a web
site selection service for libraries seeking to deliver the best of the
web to their staff and users. Rita's article, "Staying Up To Date in the
Ever Changing Web Search World" appears in the March 2004 issue of
Information Outlook.

 Denise Bisson retired in the spring of 2003 from Algonquin College in
Ottawa, where she was a senior librarian and co-ordinator of the
library's web user support materials. Denise has extensive experience in
developing and delivering training on selecting and using Internet
resources, and has designed and delivered a variety of on-line courses
for the College. Denise currently serves on the training and Internet
resource selection team at Workingfaster.com.

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