The "Computers in Libraries" Conference is a highlight of my year, because I help educate patrons in technology every day of my work life. I quote something I learned at CIL every week, but there's no guarantee that I can attend this transformational event every 12 months. Consequently, at CIL 2016, I started quizzing other conference attendees and speakers, "How do you keep up with technology?" and this grew into the idea for a presentation.
Even though I'm a public librarian, I've often attended "Internet at Schools" sessions on teaching coding, electronics, and other makerspace ideas. I'm in the process of learning to teach computer classes, so there's much I can learn from this track of the conference. Last year, I met school librarian Dawn Nelson, who did a fabulous presentation on getting more organized with our technology, I emailed her about my workshop concept, and she offered to work on it with me. We are excited to see more collaboration between school and public librarians, and this was a place to start.
On October 28, David Hoffman emailed us that our session was approved for March 28, the Tuesday of CIL 2017. We had 150 days to poll librarians, research the literature, and to find the resources and practices that would help us personally "up our game" in tracking technology. It's now November 28, and I'll blog the adventures of the remaining 120 days, including my very first attempt at a computer game.