MaintainIT Project Train the Trainer Webinar Next Week

From my friend Brenda Hough at the MaintainIT Project.

You are invited to attend a train-the-trainer webinar Wednesday, August 6th, at 11 AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern Time Zone.

If you provide technology training for library staff, this webinar is designed for you! MaintainIT is aTechSoup project (funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda GatesFoundation). We gather stories and best practices related to public access computing in libraries and then create free resources based on that information. We have resources to help libraries with wireless networking, with technology planning, with computer maintenance, and more.

Every month, we host a free train-the-trainer webinar, to share ideas and resources for people who would like to use MaintainIT materials in the training they provide. If you’re interested in attending the webinar on August 6th (it’s free, interactive, only an hour long…), register here.

ALA Part VI: WebJunction and MaintainIT Project

WebJunction Member Advisory-Advisory Breakfast

Monday morning started with a WebJunction member advisory-advisory breakfast. Participants included library staff who have collaborated with WebJunction previously and represented a variety of library sizes and types. It was a small group and allowed for informal discussion and brainstorming about how a member advisory committee should function.

WebJunction Members Advisory, Advisory Breakfast

Keeping Your Computers Up and Running — We Can Help!

The afternoon session I attended was “Keeping Your Computers Up and Running — We Can Help!” Speakers were Diane Neal, North Carolina Central University, Jennifer Peterson, WebJunction, and Brenda Hough, MaintainIT Project. You’ll be hearing a lot more from me on this subject in the months to come as I begin hosting MaintainIT Project webinars in the Southeast.

Later in the afternoon I took a walk around the exhibit hall again, ran into lots of biblioblogosphere friends, then headed back to my hotel to pack. I had a 10pm flight out of LAX and had hoped to sleep during the 5-hour flight home. Instead I was seated between some loud, intoxicated people who insisted on talking the entire flight home.

6am arrival in Charlotte and interestingly enough on the shuttle from the airport to the parking lot all 3 passengers were returning from ALA. The orange totes can probably be spotted from up in the air! But it was a nice way to find colleagues.

ALA Part V: CLENE Fun and MaintainIT Project Fun

CLENE Training Showcase

I spent Sunday afternoon with fellow trainers at the CLENE Training Showcase. I am new member of CLENE, and let me just say that this is a great group of people! It makes it so much easier to navigate through ALA when you have a relatively small group like this to be a part of.

The showcase was similar in format to the poster session I did on Saturday, participants were at tables around the room with displays and prepared to talk about, i.e. showcase, what they are working on. There was a much larger crowd for the showcase which may have been because members were standing in the lobby encouraging people to come in or because of the raffle for prizes every 15 minutes led by Stacy Schrank.
Stacy Schrank Drawing Raffle Winners @ CLENERT Training Showcase

I was able to use the same display I used on Saturday, and I brought general information about PLCMC and copies of handouts about PLCMC’s Core Competencies program and live online learning to share. I gave away Brarydog magnetic poetry sheets which were a big hit.

My Display for CLENERT Training Showcase

Late Saturday afternoon I attended a train-the-trainer session with Stephanie Gerding and Kam McEvoy given by Brenda Hough and Sarah Washburn of the MaintainIT Project. Here’s a photo of Sarah explaining, Common Craft style, the relationship between WebJunction, MaintainIT Project, and TechSoup.

Afterwards we all went out to dinner in downtown Disney and celebrated Louise Alcorn‘s birthday.Girls Night Out in Downtown Disney/Happy BDay Louise!

Thank you again to Sarah and Brenda for hosting a wonderful evening!