Upcoming Education Institute sessions

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Supervisory Skills Course with Cheryl Stenstrom
6 week Online Course starting Monday May 7 – REGISTRATION CLOSING SOON!
For first-time supervisors and staff new to the library workplace, supervising and leading can be a daunting task. In addition to working with customers, supervisors need to deal with administration, staff motivation and performance management. Based on the hugely popular Supervisory Skills for Library Staff course in BC’s Ministry of Education’s Community Library Training Program, this six-week online course is a mix of practical exercises and management theory and will give anyone new to libraries or those needing a refresher a chance to strengthen their skills as a team leader. Each week, you’ll receive an email with the lesson for that week, plus practice exercises that will help you work through the week’s sources and reinforce your learning. A web-based bulletin board will enable you and other participants to ask questions of the instructor and to provide online feedback about problems incurred.

This course is the right one for you if you enjoy interacting online with other participants and the instructors to share knowledge and experiences as participants will be asked to contribute actively to the bulletin board discussion by sharing questions and comments. The course will include a teleconference call with you and your fellow participants, hosted by the instructor, to give advice and clarify the learning experience.

Technology with a Smile!: using technology to connect, engage and collaborate with community members
1 hour web conference Thursday June 14 @ 2pm ET
Although technology seems to have penetrated most societies and communities, some people still see technology as a barrier to accessing information and accessing services. Lack of skills, resources and understanding of how to use technology are some of the factors that might prevent an individual or groups from seeking or obtaining information that is critical in making their lives better. 

A big part of this work includes using technology in innovative ways to connect people, engage them and collaborate with them in evaluating services and developing relevant and interesting programs. From Wiis to flip cameras, laptops and internet sticks, cell phones and MP3 players –there are endless possibilities for using technology to enhance customer experiences with the library! 

This presentation will focus on how Community Librarians at EPL have successfully integrated technology into their community development work. We will discuss the impacts of this technology use and share success stories. What lessons have we learned from these experiences, and what is in store for the future? We hope to provide inspiring ideas for other libraries and give library workers a sense of how technology can be utilized and shared with positive results!

Pinterest for Libraries and Museums with Joe Murphy
1 hour web conference Tuesday June 19 @ 2pm ET
Pinterest is a virtual pinboard for online images. It serves as a way to discover or share pictures and infographics and visually curate online resources in a collaborative environment. Pinterest has more than 12 million users, drives more traffic than Google+, Linkedin, and YouTube combined, and has been called “2012’s hottest website”. This webinar about how to make the most of the popular virtual pin board site in your library includes advanced tips & considerations for beginners, novice, & pro Pinners and focuses on how Pinterest plays well with collection and service needs as a strong resource in the modern library tool box.

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