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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 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? 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 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 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.

Developed for the Education Institute by Workingfaster.com.

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