Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies

$175.00

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

In this course you’ll learn the best methods and sources for meeting this challenge. We’ll look at two roles or types of people, visionaries and implementers, and we’ll offer strategies for each type. You’ll learn about the best resources for keeping up, how to evaluate what you’ve learned, the importance of experimenting with new technologies, and how to plan for implementation of new technologies that meet user needs.

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1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Course Description

How do we possibly keep up in this rapidly changing world?

If you’ve been an information professional for any length of time, you’ve heard over and over that technology is changing quickly (and exponentially) and that it’s very difficult to keep up. You’ve likely felt overwhelmed at times. You’ve seen trends come and go, and wondered how and where to invest your limited time and budget.

Learn the best methods and strategies

In this course you’ll learn the best methods and sources for meeting this challenge. We’ll look at two roles or types of people, visionaries and implementers, and we’ll offer strategies for each type. You’ll learn about the best resources for keeping up, how to evaluate what you’ve learned, the importance of experimenting with new technologies, and how to plan for implementation of new technologies that meet user needs.

After you participate in this course, you will:

  • Have methods in place for keeping up with information on new technologies.
  • Know some of the best types of sources to follow, and create your own list of sources.
  • Be familiar with a few types of user experience research and know where to go to learn more.
  • Be familiar with some methods for trend-spotting.
  • Have chosen your method for curating new technology information for your peers. You will begin to implement it before the course ends.
  • Have a plan for experimenting with new technologies in your library, and criteria for evaluating the results.
  • Know some methods for persuading decision-makers to implement a new technology that will benefit users.

What you’ll need:

  • The ability to install a few free apps on your computer and mobile device. (Android or iOS, Mac or Windows)
  • Enthusiasm for learning about new technologies and sharing that information with others.

Nicole Hennig

Nicole HennigNicole Hennig is an expert in mobile technologies for libraries. In her 14 years of experience at the MIT Libraries, she won awards for innovation, and worked to keep academics up to date with the best mobile technologies. Now she has her own business helping librarians stay current with new technologies. She is the author of several books, including Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies, and Apps for Librarians. Like most librarians, she is passionate about access to information for all. Librarians who take her courses are becoming technology experts for their communities. To stay current with the best mobile technologies, sign up for her email newsletter, Mobile Apps News, and follow her on twitter @nic221, where she tweets about libraries, apps, and emerging technologies.

Special Session

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.

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