FLICC Meeting Announcement 9710

               Teleconference Series for Library Technicians

                         Soaring to Excellence III

This teleconference series focuses on the specific requirements and issues
that affect library technicians in today's library. The conference serves
as a core program for professional growth and for developing skills and
knowledge to become a contributing member of the professional library

The series is task oriented and action directed; interaction is
encouraged.  For specific course content, see below. Special
course materials will be provided.

          Date:          Friday, February 14; Friday, March 14;
                         Friday, April 11, 1997

          Time:          Part I, 12 noon--1:15 p.m.
                         Part II, 1:45 p.m.--3:00 p.m.
                         Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor
          Place:         Library of Congress
                         1st and Independence Ave. SE
                         Washington, DC
          Metro:         Capitol South (Orange and Blue lines)
                         Learning Resources Center and Library
                         Technical Assistant Program
          Sponsors:      College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Il
                         Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are
                         offered by College of DuPage, Il
                         $60 (includes all three sessions).
                         Seating is limited.
          Registration:  Interpreting services (American Sign
                         Language) will be provided if requested
                         five (5) business days in advance of the

          Information:   Call FLICC (202) 707-4800: TTY (202)
                         Please notify FLICC at (202) 707-4800 if
          Cancellations: you cannot attend so those on the
                         waiting list have an opportunity to

                                New Topics!

  Topics for this year's Soaring to Excellence teleconference are based on
  feedback from more than 10,000 library support staff who participated in
               Soaring to Excellence over the last two years.

Topic 1: You and the Internet

Friday Feb. 14, 1997--Noon to 3 p.m.(Eastern Time)

This teleconference covers the basic use, design, and terminology of the
Internet. It also focuses on training for you and the library user, access
to the Internet, and using mental models to better understand and use the

The Presenter: D. Scott Brandt, a.k.a. "Techman," is an assistant
professor of library and information service at Purdue University. In
addition to training, teaching and doing research, Brandt is a nationally
known presenter of workshops that apply new models of learning to training
on Internet-related topics. He is one of the organizers of the annual
Computers in Libraries conference. Visit his web site at: to learn more about him, and then
join him at Soaring to Excellence.

Topic 2: You and Technical Services

Friday March 14, 1997--Noon to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time)

This teleconference focuses on issues for library staffers who work in
technical services, as well as those who work in other areas of the
library. We'll look at qualifications for working in technical services,
possible jobs for LTAs, and time management techniques. We'll highlight
communications and serving the internal client. We'll also take a look at
technical services issues now and in the future.

The Presenter: Debra Wilcox Johnson teaches, writes, and consults in the
areas of management, personnel issues, technical services, library issues,
and training of each category of library worker. Johnson works with
libraries of every type and size throughout the United States. Both her
practical approach to library issues and her ability to involve
participants make her an ideal teleconference participant. Johnson's
combination of useful information and humor creates a relaxed and
information-packed training experience.

Topic 3: You and Your Job: Body, Mind and Spirit

Friday March 14, 1997--Noon to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time)

You are not "just" a library assistant. You are part of a worldwide system
of information that is basic to human culture: the library. Learn the
latest on ergonomics and environment in the library. Update your people
skills by learning about conflict management, assertiveness vs.
aggressiveness, and gender differences in communication. Finally, find out
how you can soar in the global library community.

The Presenters: To be announced. This presentation will be custom tailored
based on feedback we receive from you.