Back to Basics: Strategies & Techniques for Teaching Basic Digital Literacy to Underserved Populations
Many different underserved populations often don’t possess basic digital literacy skills necessary for 21st century work and life. How are libraries meeting those basic needs? What works and doesn’t work? How do you identify patrons in need of remedial and basic computer skills training? How should differences in population be handled (Adult basic education, ESL learners, older adults etc)? Examples of successful programs, customization to fit specific populations’ needs and funding strategies will be covered.
Subjects: Technology, Literacy, Instruction
Kuali OLE: Community Ready Software for Your Library!
Kuali OLE (pronounced oh-lay) is in the first year of building a community-source library management system that takes advantage of existing Kuali Foundation software. Operating since July 2010, and supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Kuali OLE is one of the largest academic library software collaborations in the United States. This program will provide an overview of our current software release and how you can get involved with Kuali OLE at your library.
Comparing Discovery and Search Tools
Colleagues at Bucknell and Illinois Wesleyan University collaborated in a research project designed to compare two discovery search tools (Summon and EBSCO Discovery Service), Google Scholar and the use of library databases. Eighty students completed per-determined search tasks and a debriefing interview. Analysis of the results has resulted in a deeper understanding of the strengths and weakness of these tools, how students obtain and evaluate information, and the value of library instruction.
The Library: Moving Beyond Community Living Room
As the concept of library as “community living room” or “learning commons” has firmly taken hold, the definition of Library has expanded in the public’s mind. Library buildings are increasingly housing many amenities that on the surface appear unrelated to traditional libraries. Join us in a discussion about these spaces, why they are intrinsically related to library missions today, and how libraries are incorporating them into their facilities.
Subjects: Buildings and Facilities, Administration and Management, Trends and Forecasting, Information Commons, Transforming Libraries
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