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Want to teach an eReader workshop?

I’ve had a request for an ereader workshop for the staff and trustees of a local library. Would love to do it myself, but I’m completely unqualified! I know how to get ebooks on to my own lovely little ereader, but that’s about it.

The library is in the Albany/Saratoga NY region and they do have a small budget (I don’t know how much) to pay someone. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll put you in touch.

Making Learning Stick

I’m just catching up after spending most of the week at the Internet Librarian conference. And what a terrific conference it was!

I was happy to participate in the Learning, Literacy & Training track on Monday, co-presenting with Bobbi Newman and Emily Clasper.  And best of all our “Training is not Learning” session was the first one of the first day, so I was done early and could focus on all the other great sessions for the remaining time.

My talk included a dozen tips to help encourage the participants in your classes to become more interested, engaged and independent lifelong learners.

Making the Most of Teachable Moments

Some great tools and ideas highlighted in this presentation by Heidi Steiner of Norwich University. Adding a number of them to my list of things to check out.

20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web

Google released a lovely guidebook to the Web today, “20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web.” It includes simple explanations and answers to questions that many of us get  asked by friends, family, students, patrons, and perhaps even strangers in Panera!  (happens to me when I have my laptop out – do I look like a friendly, techie, librarian type?)

The guide reminds me of the 23 Things learning programs that libraries all over the world have run for staff. Each of the 20 “things” in the guidebook address questions like:

  • What is the Internet
  • Cloud Computing, or why it’s ok for a truck to crush your laptop
  • Validating Identities Online, or “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”
  • Browser Cookies,
  • Web Apps

And perhaps most appropriate here, read the “thing” on HTML5, for this project was created using HTML5/JavaScript/CSS3. This ebook, has the page-flipping feel of a paper book but with some subtly animated illustrations. Other enhanced features include an offline mode so you can read it later when disconnected from the ‘net. There’s also “night  mode” feature, so you can read under the covers. 🙂

Viewing the book in the latest beta version of Google Chrome also demonstrates a new PDF feature – the PDF version opens in a Chrome window without the need for an additional browser addon for viewing PDF files. Handy.

So, do take a gander at this. You’ll be able to explore a bit of what HTML5 based web experiences are like and maybe you’ll be able to use the answers next time Aunt Madge or Cousin Rocky tries to stump you with tech questions at a family gathering!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and colleagues here in the US. And thanks to ALL of you, wherever you are, for your friendship.

For more on the creation of this guide, read these two Google Chrome Blog posts:

Screencasting & Podcasting classes

Since I don’t teach the same groups of people all the time, I don’t often get to see what the folks in my classes do with what they’ve learned. But this week two librarians let me  know how they’d put their learning to work! I  love it  when that happens!

Sam Cook of the U of Hartford  Allen Library was in my Screencasting class on Wednesday. Today, he posted his first tutorial to the library website! Speedy! And he did a terrific job.

During the same class, Gretchen Durley of the Terryville (CT) PL told me about the project she’d launched after the Podcasting class she’d taken some months ago. She holds a monthly Discussion & Dessert book group for 3rd & 4th graders. As part of that they record their reactions and reviews of each month’s books. And what fun and thoughtful reviews these kids are doing.  Have a listen and see if you don’t agree.

A big thanks to Gretchen and Sam for sharing what they’ve created.

The T is for Training Challenge

Maurice Coleman, wrangler extraordinaire for the T is for Training podcast group, has challenged each member of the group to answer these 27 questions as a getting to know you exercise. Who am I to ignore orders!

1) Your One Sentence Bio

My business card reads: librarian . techie . trainer . consultant – to which I’ll add amateur gardener, foodie, reader, photographer, traveler.

2) Do you blog? If yes, how did you come up with your blog name?

Yes, here at, very uncreatively named for my uncreatively named business, PA Farrington Associates.

3) What is your professional background? (more…)