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REGISTER TODAY OR TECH TUESDAYS: TALKING WITH TECHIES no. 2, 
"Instant Messaging and Collaboration" with Aaron Schmidt 
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Instant Messaging and Collaboration 
Instructor: 
Aaron Schmidt, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, Western Springs, Illinois 

A recent survey indicated that nearly 70 percent of the U.S. university
Internet population used IM. This session covers research, applications,
case studies, usage, workflow impact, and ethics of IM. Schmidt looks at
the many uses of IM, from in-house staff communication to the delivery
of content and discussions with customers, as well as utilizing IM to
confer and plan with colleagues no matter where they are. He shares the
success of IM at his public library with teens in the community. 

WHEN 
3 PM ET Noon PT 
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005
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The Benefits 

This talk by a Library Journal "Mover & Shaker" and experienced instant
messenger focuses on the concepts and uses of instant messaging as well
as tools and tips for libraries looking to try IM in their environments.


Who Should Participate? 

Anyone looking for innovative ideas and practices for their library and
new technologies that can be applied in their environment to share
information and knowledge and attract customers and users. 

Key Topics You Will Explore 

What is instant messaging (IM)?
How can IM be used in libraries?
Tools necessary for IM
Tips for effective IM
Further resources


Fees 

Member: $48.00 + GST 
Non-Member: $68.00 + GST 

Aaron Schmidtis a reference librarian at Thomas Ford Memorial Library,
Western Springs, Illinois. Like many young people, Aaron Schmidt loves
electronic gadgets. But not for their own sake. He believes the future
of libraries depends on how well we meet the needs of today's young
adults, who are far more tech-fluent than most librarians. As reference
librarian and all-around technology guru at Thomas Ford Memorial
Library, Schmidt created the library's Web site using Movable Type, a
publishing platform familiar to anyone who reads or publishes blogs. On
the site, he offers reference by way of instant messaging. Better yet,
on the homework help page, his message reads, "You may find what you
need with these links, but don't give up if you don't. In most cases,
getting in touch with the library will be faster, and you'll get a
better answer. AIM us: thommyford." It did the trick. As Schmidt wrote
in his own blog, Walking Paper www.walkingpaper.com, "Today I received
my 100th question via AIM. We've increased our availability to patrons
for no cost... I've done more YA readers' advisory in the past two
months than I have in the previous two years. I can't help but think
that I'm breathing some life into libraries for these kids." Jenny
Levine, Suburban Library System, IL, says it's a "testament to his
personality and abilities that he has become so prominent in just one
year." 

Developed for the Education Institute by Jane Dysart, founding partner
of Dysart & Jones, Toronto. 

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