Innovations from a Distance: SLA's Top-Notch Educational Programs
Taylor, Valerie, Information Outlook
On June 30, SLA's Professional Development department launched its newest distance learning program. The debut of the Real-Time Desktop Courses, sponsored by the West Group, was well received. These exciting new instructor-led, real-time courses closely mimic in-person programs, but allow the student to participate from their desktop. The instructor teaches through audioconferencing along with handouts and web-based visuals as learning aides.
The first Real-Time Desktop Course, titled Hot Trends to Energize Library Service Delivery, was designed to address new technological innovations. Steve Arnold, president, Arnold IT provided an overview of this hot topic. Arnold then provided a "helicopter" view of five hot technologies: XML, Linux, portals, new interfaces, and new searching systems to retrieve information (text and non-text). This insightful session demonstrated to participants where these innovations may lead. The presentation illustrated that, in the last six to nine months, new computing architecture has enabled a range of new user friendly applications and tools. These promise to revolutionize the delivery of library services in the next millennium.
Upcoming Real-Time Desktop Courses
It's not too late to register for upcoming Real-Time Desktop Courses. The Impact of Recent Changes to U.S. Copyright Law, will be presented by Laura N. Gasaway, director of the law library and professor of law, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. This program will focus on significant amendments to the U.S. copyright law that affect libraries in a number of important ways. This course will also focus on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Copyright Term Extension Act and examine the changes in library practices mandated by these amendments. Participants will review pending legislation relative to databases as well. This program will be presented on September 21, 1999, from 10:00 A. …