Computers in Libraries '96

Postconference Workshops - Friday, March 1, 1996

* Workshop 10

9:00AM - 4:30PM - Novel Approaches to Technology Teaching and Training

D. Scott Brandt - Technology Training Librarian, Purdue University Libraries

Adapting to new technology is the critical step in making it effective within our organizations. This full-day workshop presents practical methods designed to help trainers in the design and implementation of various technology training. The workshop will demonstrate and involve participants in hands-on use of approaches such as role-playing, modelling, and analogy applied to various situations, such as dialing into the Internet, using a Web browser, migrating to a Windows environment, and handling Internet information. Previous participants have said, "Made the concepts so simple that I've been able to explain them to others, especially non-techies like myself who use terminals but often don't know what's behind the screen." Based on research and experimentation, the approaches place emphasis on helping learners create internal models on which to build knowledge and fostering experiences which facilitate further knowledge construction.

* Workshop 11

9:00AM - 12:00 Noon - Tips & Tricks for Searching the Net

Hope Tillman - Director of Libraries, Babson College
Walt Howe - Delphi Internet Services Corp.

While subject guides like Yahoo and GNN help to make life easier these days, the sophistication of search engines, like Infoseek, Lycos, Web Crawlers and Open Text, really improves our ability to mine the net. This half day workshop will explore the new tools and provide tips and techniques for getting the most out of the net.

* Workshop 12

9:00AM - 12:00 Noon - The Internet Is More Than Netscape

Peter Scott - University of Saskatchewan Library and creator of Hytelnet

This half-day workshop will show all the software an Internet user needs to be a well-rounded networker: alternative browsers, file transfer and remote login programs, plus the infamous IRC (Internet Relay Chat). Participants will be shown how to download these packages directly from the Internet, how to install them and how to make the most of them in their environment.

* Workshop 13

9:00AM - 12:00 Noon - Automated Systems Procurement

Joan Frye Williams - Bestseller

Before purchasing a new system there are many considerations and steps: getting the money, setting priorities, shopping for the best system for your application, developing an automation budget, reviewing and documenting priorities in detail, shopping again, checking references, timing and scheduling, and negotiating a contract. This half-day workshop is a comprehensive primer on systems procurement.

* Workshop 14

9:00AM - 12:00 Noon - The Way Cool Course on Library World Wide Web Marketing

Stephen Abram - Micromedia Limited

This half-day workshop reviews the opportunities that the World Wide Web (WWW) provides for libraries to position themselves within their organizations. It is designed for librarians who want to harness the power of the Web for marketing, sales, public relations, service delivery, and image enhancement. It uses real time, real life examples of WWW sites that work, don't work, and are "way cool". The workshop develops the traditional concepts of marketing and public relations in the context of the new tools available to the savvy librarian and illustrates how to use these to strategically position information and themselves within their organizations and their communities.

* Workshop 15

9:00AM - 12:00 Noon - Local Area Networks and the Internet

Marshall Breeding - Vanderbilt University

Many organizations already have, or are planning to implement a LAN. This half-day workshop discusses the issues involved in designing a new network or retrofitting an existing network for access to the Internet. It covers many of the basics of TCP/IP networking and describes the various hardware and software components necessary to construct a functional TCP/IP network and describes how to achieve interoperability between TCP/IP and popular business networking environments such as Novell Netware.

* Workshop 16

1:30PM - 4:30PM - Creating a Home Page

Hope Tillman - Director of Libraries, Babson College
Walt Howe - Delphi Internet Services Corp.

Taught by two gurus in the Internet community, this half-day workshop will assist participants in learning how to create HTML (hypertext markup language) documents. Not only will they learn about URLs, anchors, forms and graphic files, but they will actually leave the session with a personally created Web page ready to implement.

* Workshop 17

1:30PM - 4:30PM - Effective Multimedia Presentations

Paul Nicholls - Pelican Island Information

Powerful presentations are the key to getting your message across and achieving results whether it is increased funding or motivation of a group. This half-day workshop will introduce the new user to the power and effectiveness of desktop multimedia tools which can easily produce spectacular multimedia screenshows, traditional transparencies or 35mm-based slide shows, or simply enhance printed reports with effective graphics or charts. This workshop will explain the nature of multimedia data, illustrate how to obtain it from CD-ROM clipmedia collections, survey available software packages that handle multimedia on the desktop, and review the all-important traditional principles of sound presentation design and delivery.

* Workshop 18

1:30PM - 4:30PM - Integrated Online Systems Software for IBM PCs & Compatibles

Pamela Cibbarelli - Cibbarelli's

This half-day workshop provides the latest information on the features and functions of the library automation software products of most interest to librarians who will be automating on IBM PCs and compatibles. Industry trends, emerging standards, and user-ratings of the software will be covered in the discussions. Detailed handouts will provide contact information and comparative data about the most successful library automation software products as well as user ratings of the software.

* Workshop 19

1:30PM - 4:30PM - The World Wide Web as a Global Research Tool

Mary Corcoran - Knight-Ridder Information Services

This half-day workshop will provide attendees with an overview of good information practices and de-bunk some of the myths about the Internet having all the answers. If you can't find the right information at the right time, what good is it? Via a World Wide Web tour and using Internet tools, this workshop will show participants how to get: good quality information on local markets, seek advice from appropriate news groups, gain perspective on new markets outside their own borders, telnet into indepth online services--like Dialog or Nexis--to seek a precise answer from a broad range of sources.

* Workshop 20

1:30PM - 4:30PM - Surviving in the Cyberspace-oriented Corporation: Knowledge Transfer and Cyber-marketing Practices for Information Professionals

Michael Bauwens - Managing Partner, Ecom, Belgium

Electronic publishing, organization-wide workgroup platforms and the Internet have changed forever the landscape in which we work. This half-day workshop conducted by the first "Cybrarian" focuses on techniques for surviving in this new information world, transferring knowledge in order to add value to the organization, and marketing to ensure continued success in the organization.