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Course begins: Talking Technology: An Experiential Tour of Library Technology
The Library Tech Project is a six-week asynchronous online course, designed to give librarians direct exposure to different types of library-related technology that they may have heard about but have not had the opportunity to use. The emphasis is on experiential learning, where participants handle different devices to see what they do and how they work. We may also test-drive digital resources. Participants must be willing to travel, if necessary, to nearby libraries in order to utilize equipment that is not available where they are currently employed. There is no fixed list of things we’ll be studying. Rather, the course is set up as more of a collaborative effort, where people get to voice their preferences based on the things covered in our course textbook, which is Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion, 5th ed. (Burke. 2016). Each participant will be required to turn in four site visit reports describing where he went to get the hands-on experience and what he learned. Reports will be posted in online forums where others can read and comment on them. Mentoring of one another will be encouraged.