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Facing our Challenges in Positive Ways
Today's libraries seem beset by challenges - reading is in decline, censorship/blocking is on the rise, and media copyright issues are a confusing mess. This lecture/discussion workshop will focus on specific areas - examining the problems that face us, but also offering concrete, positive steps libraries can take to deal with them. Come prepared to share your woes, your best resources, AND your secrets to success. Bring your laptops for back-channel chatting and tweeting.
This workshop can be customized to meet the challenges of your particular library organization's members. It works as either a half or full day workshop, with the full day providing small groups to work on solutions to problems of common concern.
Areas for discussion may include:
How today's students are different from previous generations and how libraries can serve them
How e-books and online materials are impacting library services, programs and facilities
How to deal with Internet filtering issues in schools
How to do effective library planning and advocacy.
How to address the librarian's role in teaching/enforcing copyright in the digital age
How to work with your technology staff
How libraries can help students master "21st Century Skills"
How to reduce plagiarism in student research
How to make the most of a fixed library schedule
How to help keep kids safe and ethical on the read/write web
How to create library budgets in tough economic times
How stay relevant by learning with a Personal Learning Network
About two topics per half day work well.
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Iowa Library Association, October 2010
ESC Region XI, March 2011
ECIS Librarians Conference, May 12, 2011
ESC Region X, June 16, 2011
University of Houston, Clear Lake, June 17, 2011
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