The Education & Training team started the new year by welcoming four new members: Jamie Carroll (HelpDesk/Service Requests), Jeff Lahaie (Central Systems & Network Services), Ian McBride (Web Development) and Cindy Peet (Enterprise Reporting). Brenda Ellis (Research & Instruction), our valued link to student information literacy efforts and more, continues to bring her expertise to the group and Pij Slater (HelpDesk/Service Requests) carries on as leader of the merry band, along with sponsor, Mary Backus.
We offer a round of thanks to the following outgoing members for their efforts in the group since its inception in 2010: Mack Roark, Andy Wentink and Kim Ehritt (College Advancement).
There is still time to acquire new skills before the year is out! Visit go/lisworkshops to view our workshop schedule and get signed up for topics of interest. You’ll find a few more Drupal work sessions where you can get help with specific questions about how to revise and improve your departmental web site, as well as one more chance to attend an introduction covering basic web site maintenance skills.
We’re also offering another opportunity to get acquainted with — a fabulous online learning resource that uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills. Recent course additions include “InDesign Secrets,” “Managing Your Career” and “Word 2010 Power Shortcuts.” Watch a single video or work through an entire course — either way it’s professional development that doesn’t cost you or your department a dime.
Don’t miss out! There is still time to fit in some learning before fall semester leaps out from behind the nearest patch of sunflowers… Visitgo/lisworkshops to view our schedule and get signed up for topics of interest. You’ll find Drupal sessions to help you get your departmental web site up to snuff before the next batch of students arrives on campus. You’ll also find another opportunity to find out about and how you can start using it to improve your skills.
The Education and Training Team has developed a checklist for LIS supervisors to go over with new staff (although we think some not-so-new staff may appreciate this as well). You can find it on the LIS page under “About LIS.” We’ve incorporated input from the AD’s and manager’s group and it will change over time as we get more feedback. Our intention is that the supervisor (perhaps with help from other designated colleagues) will work through this checklist with new hires, explaining and answering questions as they go along. It is not meant to be a self-service learning tool, although new staff can use it to go back and explore topics more in-depth on their own. You’ll notice some entries have a link and some don’t. We only linked to things that weren’t already major links on our public LIS pages so new staff learn to navigate the LIS site as well as become familiar with major “go” shortcuts. We hope our new checklist will help supervisors get new staff off to a great start in LIS!
– Your Education and Training Team: Pij, Brenda, Mack, Andy, Kim (College Advancement)
The updated list of LIS workshop offerings is now available. Signing up is simple — just click a workshop title then fill in the form. Did you know you can easily call up the current schedule and course descriptions by typing go/lisworkshops in your web browser’s address field? Check back often.