One week ago, I posted a message on this list about a possible new
FEDLINK training class, Managing Your Library's Web Site. The
response has been overwhelmingly positive. My email inbox is brimming
with messages expressing interest in this course, making it clear that
we should indeed allocate staff resources to this project.
At this point, I expect that the course will be offered for the first
time in March 2002. Watch the FLICC/FEDLINK web site (
http://www.loc.gov/flicc/ ) or the training calendar section of FEDLINK
Technical Notes for specific dates and registration information.
I want to thank the respondents who made specific suggestions for the
curriculum. It's very helpful to us to have this sort of input from
the real experts.
Several of the responses asked if we will offer this course outside of
the DC area. FEDLINK training classes offered in our Washington DC
training room are also available "on the road." After we have
offered this course in the DC area a few times to work out the bugs,
we'll be glad to offer it elsewhere too. Fees for FEDLINK training
conducted outside the Washington DC area are $450 per day for the
instructor, plus Government travel, lodging and per diem costs. Since
this cost often proves prohibitive for smaller libraries, it is often
more cost-effective for federal libraries within a geographic region to
pool their resources in arranging for FEDLINK training.
A few individuals asked if we would offer the course as a web-based
training course. Our experience with this format is still rather
limited. We will probably teach the course in the traditional manner a
few times to perfect the content, and then at some future point we will
consider developing a web-based version. We have no immediate plans,
but stay tuned.
A few others asked if we might offer an abbreviated version of this
course at such conferences as Army Library Institute or Air Force
Librarians Workshop. We are especially glad to participate in these
events, since they enable us to bring our training to a large,
geographically-scattered audience. I would encourage the conference
organizers to contact FEDLINK Network Coordinator Lynn McDonald (
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Finally, I must apologize for not replying to each of you individually.
I received over 70 replies to my posting. I have tried to respond to
the most frequently asked questions here - - training outside the DC
area, web-based training, and presentations at conferences. If you feel
that your specific question has not been answered, please contact me
Many thanks for all your responses.
Steven Kerchoff, FEDLINK Network Program Specialist
FLICC/FEDLINK, Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540-4935
202-707-4848 (voice) 202-707-4873 (fax)
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