Category Archives: Workshops

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.


Spring Workshop 2013 – Digital & Smart!

SMART Spring Workshop 2013

Today’s Technology: Digital and SMART

Friday, April 19, 2013 / 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Baldwinsville, NY & Endicott, NY

More and more, libraries are becoming a destination for technological queries and curiosity. Libraries can, and should, embrace this movement and integrate technologies into their existing, familiar framework. Discover how to build an adequate collection of digital resources without breaking the budget.  Learn about free web resources that can allow your library to reallocate funds and improve reference, Reader’s Advisory, programming, and web services and discover ways to integrate technology into youth programming.

Learning Objectives

  • – Learn about the existence of free e-resources on the Internet that can be included as links on a library’s webpage
  • – Gain strategies for making decisions about paid versus free resources, and gaining staff buy-in for these decisions
  • – Investigate ways to integrate technology with youth programming
  • – Understand the importance of providing technology access and instruction in both rural and more urban settings

For the first time ever, this NYLA program is being offered in a video conference format.  Two sites will be joined by video link, with live speakers presenting at both sites.  The two sites will be completely integrated throughout the program.

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