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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Interesting article- where are libraries???

Where are your members/patrons learning new skills if they aren't learning them at the library? Maybe that's a question you'll want to ask. The answer may help you decide on a few new formats for classes....

From the NYTimes:
Need to Learn a New Skill? Try the Web
Are you tackling a new work-related task for the first time and don’t know how to get started? In just a few minutes of Googling, you can probably find a YouTube video, blog entry or other online tutorial that will thoroughly explain how to do it.

There are demonstrations to fit every user’s learning style — from text-heavy descriptions like this one on how to conduct a video conference, to Nancy Duarte’s step-by-step guide to planning a Webinar or remote presentation, which has a rather cute image to illustrate her process.

Dumb Little Man, a blog that consistently delivers a potpourri of useful things, has a post called “15 Awesome Tutorial Web Sites You Probably Don’t Know About,” which is a great place to start the next time you’re trying to figure out how to do something.

In matters of technology, Lifehacker (whose lead blogger I recently interviewed) does a terrific job of providing easy-to-follow, illustrated instructions. And then of course there is The Times’s own David Pogue (whose blog and videos I’ll be consulting next week when I hope to familiarize myself with my new iPhone).

If there’s nothing stumping you at work, but you’re looking for some do-it-yourself demonstrations for home repairs, read this amusing post from my fellow New York Times blogger Virginia Heffernan about Ron Hazelton’s HouseCalls series.

Listen to this comment:
Well I turn to the places you mention, starting with Google and proceeding through the web that isn’t called the world wide web for nothing! Sometimes I even find myself directed to buying or borrowing a book.
On a recent voyage in search of an explanation of nominal group technique for conducting effective focus groups, I found this interesting ‘toolkit’ called MindTools, Essential Skills for an Excellent Career, Lots of great skills assessment, learning, honing and development help here.
Also found some hysterical and instructive YouTube clips on How Not To Network by Kintish,
Kathryn D
— Posted by Kathryn D.

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