Instructors: Rita Vine and Denise Bisson,
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?
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.
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
€ Setting goals and objectives for your current awareness activities
€ Electronic newsletters and mailing lists - selection and subscribing
€ Using on-line journals with new issue alerts
€ Weblogs and RSS feeds - selection and use
€ Introduction to newsreader software
€ Using web page monitor services and tools
€ 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.
Members: $149.00 + GST
Non-members: $194.00 + GST
Rita Vine is
Denise Bisson retired in the spring of 2003 from
The Education Institute
The learning programs of the BCLA-LAA-OLA-SLA Partnership
If you have questions please contact the appropriate Association
or Meredith Gilbert at Ontario Library Association at
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