Session Title

My Resources Are Digital But My Staff is Still Analog!

Presenter Information

Brian McCann, Black & Veatch

Description

Transitioning library resources from print to digital can be a challenge, but we often overlook the challenges of training our staff to use (and be comfortable with) those resources. Many library staff members do not embrace the digital resources that we adopt, and offering new digital products and services to our patrons doesn't ultimately matter if our own staff is reluctant or afraid to use them. As more and more libraries have enlisted new technologies from e-readers to coding seminars to 3-D printers, it is time for us to assess how to upgrade another part of the library: the staff. In his years in public, academic, and corporate libraries, Brian McCann has trained staff in everything from using phones and sharing online calendars to creating an automated library unit and actively engaging in social media. In this session we will look at ways to teach and interact with your staff so that they become comfortable using your library's technical resources. Participants will also learn how to lead by example and keep their own tech skills up.

Start Date

15-3-2017 10:30 AM

End Date

15-3-2017 11:30 AM

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My Resources Are Digital But My Staff is Still Analog!

Transitioning library resources from print to digital can be a challenge, but we often overlook the challenges of training our staff to use (and be comfortable with) those resources. Many library staff members do not embrace the digital resources that we adopt, and offering new digital products and services to our patrons doesn't ultimately matter if our own staff is reluctant or afraid to use them. As more and more libraries have enlisted new technologies from e-readers to coding seminars to 3-D printers, it is time for us to assess how to upgrade another part of the library: the staff. In his years in public, academic, and corporate libraries, Brian McCann has trained staff in everything from using phones and sharing online calendars to creating an automated library unit and actively engaging in social media. In this session we will look at ways to teach and interact with your staff so that they become comfortable using your library's technical resources. Participants will also learn how to lead by example and keep their own tech skills up.