Category Archives: Continuing Education

Opportunities for Continuing Education in technical services and technology.

Call for SMART Flash Talk speakers at NYLA conference

Attending the NYLA Conference this year? Share that project, idea, cool thing that you and your library ​are doing with your fellow ​NYLA members at the SMART Membership Meeting and Flash Talks session ​to be held on FridayOctober 23, 2015 at 2:15 PM in Lake Placid.

SMART is looking for members to present their libraries’ stories in a lightning talk or pecha kucha style presentation (a short presentation between five to ten minutes long). Flash talks are fast, fun, and loaded with information!

If you are interested in presenting, please send your name, email address, title and short abstract describing your presentation to Ben Lainhar​t, SMART Vice President at


Spring workshop – 10 Tips for Teaching Silver Surfers with Abigail Stokes

10 Tips for Teaching Silver Surfers
“Is This Thing On?” – Navigating the Digital World

websmartworkshop3dwith Abigail Stokes, Thursday May 7th from 10:30am – 3:30pm at Wood Library in Canandaigua
Teaching technology can be difficult, regardless of the audience. However, older patrons present their own set of challenges. In this one day workshop Abby Stokes gives tips & tricks for assisting older patrons as well as advice for helping all ages in this rapidly changing digital age.
$40 for NYLA members
$50 for non-members
(lunch included)
Morning Session (10:30 am to 12:30 pm)
10 Tips for Teaching Silver Surfers – There are unique obstacles to teaching technology to “digital immigrants” (those baby boomers and beyond not born with a keyboard and mouse in hand). There are three motivating factors that inspire most silver surfers to take on the challenge of the computer – the Internet, e-mail, and a desire to not be left behind. Keeping those three objectives in mind, Abby shares her 10 tips on how to successfully bring the computer fearful on board and enjoy all the Internet has to offer. Abby will also give a tour of the resources provided to Teachers & Librarians on her website (

Afternoon Session (1:30 -3:30 pm)
“Is This Thing On?” Navigating the Digital World – The digital divide widens with the rapid pace of new innovations and gadgets. What is out there and how it might benefit you can be lost in all the tech talk. Should you buy a tablet or a computer? Stick with your PC or move onto an Apple? How do you maximize your searches and why on earth do people want to share on Facebook? Abby also walks you through how to create a memorable, safe, and unique password. She helps you understand what everyone is talking about and how it might best benefit you.

Note – ala carte registration is not available.