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New #SLAtalk on June 4th: Teach your users to fish

Our fourth #SLAtalk session will take place Tuesday, June 4th, and will be jointly hosted by SLA and ProQuest & Dialog. They’re sponsoring the social media lounge at SLA 2013, and we’re pleased to have them lending their expertise to this topic.

You’re probably familiar with the Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” 

As information professionals, it’s imperative that we teach our users to fish. Whether your users are engineers, attorneys, students or even business moguls — how do you connect them with your resources? What instructional tactics do you employ to teach research skills that will last users a lifetime? 


2 choices on Tuesday, June 4th:

-Session #1 at 17:30 UTC (1:30 PM eastern / 10:30 AM pacific)

-Session #2 at 12:00 midnight UTC (7:00 PM eastern / 4:00 PM pacific)
           Great Britain is one hour ahead of UTC during summer.


Questions to Answer:

1. How do you create awareness and promote your organization’s available resources to your users?

-First 15 minutes

2. How is resource training handled in your library or info center, for new and/or existing employees?

-Second 15 minutes

3. For fee-based resources, how do you educate your users on the costs associated with research?

-Third 15 minutes

4. Do you have any tips or tricks on how to turn a reference inquiry into a “teachable moment?”

-Last 15 minutes


In the spirit of organization:

Try to tweet your answers to question 1 during the first 15-minutes of your session, answers to question 2 in the second 15-minutes of your session, and so on. You can take your queue to move on from the @SLAhq handle, which will tweet the appropriate question at the start of each 15-minute interval.

New to twitter chats?

Check out How to #SLAtalk and the recaps of the first and second sessions.

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