We were pleased to be invited to make a presentation earlier this month for a group of librarians in Kansas participating in WebJunction’s Rural Library Sustainability program. The presentation was conducted as a webcast, and Cindi Hickey from the State Library of Kansas was kind enough to record and archive the session. If you’re interested in getting an overview of TechAtlas, this recording is a great place to start! Please note that you will need to use the Internet Explorer web browser in order to view this archived recording.
The webcast will begin at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST) and will be one hour in duration. We will be using the Microsoft Live Meeting web conferencing service. The audio portion of the conference will be available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or a toll-free phone conference. VoIP is recommended if you are unable to tie up your phone line for an hour!
While this webcast is free, space is limited, so please sign up in advance if you would like to participate. You can register from WebJunction’s TechAtlas Online Learning Materials page.
The program is entitled Taking Control of Technology: Managing Technology Assets in the Public Library. We’ll be featuring TechAtlas in this presentation, so if you’re going to be in Mesa on November 14, please consider joining us!
After many months of development, the TechAtlas for Libraries online course is now available on WebJunction. This modular course covers many different aspects of the TechAtlas tool suite, and allows you to focus on individual topics in any order that you like. It is not necessary to take the entire class; you can follow only those sections of the course that are relevant for your own use of TechAtlas (good for those of you who are time-challenged!)
Best of all, the course is free for all WebJunction members! You do need to be a registered WebJunction member to enroll in the TechAtlas class, but since WebJunction membership is also free, make sure to visit WebJunction's Self Registration page to create an account and get started if you haven't already done so.
One of the best features of TechAtlas is the ability to "mine" your technology inventory as critical data for driving technology planning in your library. Although it can be time-consuming to create the inventory in the first place, once you have done so, TechAtlas offers the ability to leverage the inventory information in a number of different ways.
The TechAtlas Event Tracker is one such tool. The Event Tracker is essentially a "help desk" tool, allowing you to track issues related to items in your TechAtlas inventory. Despite the great value of the tool, the Event Tracker is not as well known as some other parts of TechAtlas.
To help remedy this and show TechAtlas users how they can best take advantage of the Event Tracker, WebJunction is presenting a free webcast this Wednesday, June 7 beginning at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT. This webcast will focus exclusively on the Event Tracker, and how it can be used in a library setting. If you are interested in participating in this webcast, visit WebJunction's TechAtlas Online Learning Opportunities page to learn more.
Yesterday, WebJunction presented a webcast on Using the TechAtlas Inventory Tools. Thanks to those of you who participated in the session – we received many good questions and suggestions for improvements to the TechAtlas inventory tools, so we appreciate your feedback.
For those of you who missed the session yesterday, we have posted a video recording of the webcast on WebJunction's TechAtlas Online Learning Opportunities page. A copy of the PowerPoint slides used during the presentation is also available, and we'll be adding a "quick guide" to the TechAtlas inventory tools soon.
We'll be offering additional TechAtlas webcasts throughout the summer, so please join us – you can register for future sessions from the same TechAtlas Online Learning Opportunities page.
If you're interested in learning more about how to use specific features within TechAtlas, make sure to visit WebJunction's TechAtlas Online Learning Opportunities page. On that page you'll find details about several webcasts that WebJunction will be offering over the course of this summer to introduce you to portions of the TechAtlas tool suite that you might not have explored yet.
These webcasts are free and open to all WebJunction members, but we do ask that you register in advance since space for each event is limited. You can register for each event directly from the TechAtlas Online Learning Opportunities page.