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My Book is Coming Soon!

January 5, 2010

Technology Training in Libraries book coverI’m pleased to announce that my first book, Technology Training in Libraries, is set to be released in March of this year!

This book has been a labor of love for the last year.  In it, I walk you through setting up a technology training program in your library, including basic technology training (both online and face-to-face) and general tech training principles and tips.  I also address creating and training to a set of “technology skills” expectations for staff members.  The bulk of the book walks you through the steps for setting up specific types of technology training: lunchtime brown-bags, 23-things style programs, technology petting zoos, peer training, and train-the-trainer programs.  On the practical side, I cover how to come up with a dollar value for estimating the return on investment for training programs, how to market training, creating a culture of learning, dealing with difficult learning, and measuring success with individuals and the library as a whole.  Finally, I offer a huge list of recommended resources at the end of the book.  At 125 pages, it is a concise how-to manual for successfully setting up specific technology training initiatives in a library.

The book is the 6th in a 10-book series called The Tech Set, a joint LITA & Neal-Schuman project edited by Ellyssa Kroski.  The entire series is  meant to be a series of practical how-to guides on specific technology services in libraries.  Other topics include next-gen catalogs, microblogging, mobile technology, gaming, unconferences, and more.  The set boasts some great names: Cliff Landis, Connie Crosby, Jason Griffey, Robin Hastings, Steve Lawson, Sean Robinson, Lauren Pressley, Kelly Czarnecki, and Marshall Breeding.

For more information, you can see my book’s pre-pub website (which offers a peek inside the book) and for a complete list of the Tech Set titles, see the site for the entire Tech Set series.

“My Book is Coming Soon!”

  1. rick roche Says:

    Yeah. I know we’ll want a copy.

  2. Paul Signorelli Says:

    Congratulations; the (all-too-brief) sneak preview tells me that this is going to be a must-read book for all of us involved in training-teaching-learning, and the only problem I see now is that we have to wait two more months before we get to read it.

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  4. rcn Says:

    Paul, good things come to those who wait. Patience, patience!

  5. amanda Says:

    BRILLIANT! congrats, Sarah! can’t wait to get my hands on a copy :)

  6. jessamyn Says:

    Terrific. I’m looking forward to this.

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