#SLAtalk: 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)

           Great Britain is one hour ahead of UTC during summer.

-Session #2 at 12:00 midnight UTC (7:00 PM eastern / 4:00 PM pacific)

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 here?

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

Following the session:

Stay tuned to the SLA Blog where we’ll post a collection of great answers, as well as the link to all the tweets from the session. Notice your tweet being favorited from @SLAhq? You’ll probably be featured in our round-up.

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5 responses to “#SLAtalk: Teach Your Users to Fish”

  1. Elizabeth Greenfield says:

    Will this event be online or live only?

    • John Walsh says:

      This event will be online via twitter.com, just search #SLAtalk starting at 1:30 eastern tomorrow (Tuesday, June 4th). I recommend creating an account and joining the session as it’s a great way to network with and learn from other information professionals.

  2. Boris Musich says:

    How do I register for this session?

    • John Walsh says:

      Hi Boris, the session will take place via Twitter. Simply go to http://www.twitter.com and search #SLAtalk in the top starting at 1:30 EDT. You can then join in, answer questions, and see what other users are saying about the topic.

  3. ELIZABETH says:

    In the spirit of organization: CUE not queue. Whew!

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