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Staying Up-to-Date in the Ever-Changing Library World 
Rita Vine, Canada's best-known Internet search trainer and co-founder of 

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? How can you
take advantage of new on-line services, like RSS, Weblogs, and new-style
"push" technologies to lighten the load? And how do you choose the best
resources to help you with your current awareness activities? 


Begins Feb. 13th, 2006

Course Description 

In this six-week program, learn strategies for identification,
selection, and monitoring of current awareness tools. You will cover a
variety of electronic sources of information. Practice selecting and
using different types of tools, including mailing lists, Weblogs,
newsfeed/RSS tools and software, and Web page monitoring services. 

Who Should Participate? 

This course is for those who need to improve their ability to stay
up-to-date on important library issues and find ways to 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 

* Setting goals and objectives for your current awareness activities
* Electronic newsletters and mailing lists
* Using on-line journals with new issue alerts
* Weblogs and RSS feeds
* 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. 


Member: $174.00 + GST 
Non-Member: $224.00 + GST 

Rita Vine is Canada's best-known Internet search trainer. She is the
co-founder of, 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
peer-reviewed Web toolkit of the top 100 search sites on the Internet.
Rita is a sought-after keynote and conference speaker and has written
extensively on Web current awareness for librarians. 

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