Thursday, February 12, 2009

Library Tech Network Website is LIVE!

It's AVAILABLE NOW! Another website specifically designed for communication among library staff and supporters who share a common interest.

The Library Tech Network is one of four Special Interest Groups (SIGs) created by Texas Library Association (TLA) District 7 in partnership with North Texas Library Partners (NTLP), home of the North Texas Regional Library System (NTRLS). The other three SIGs are the Library Presentations Network, the Library Supporters Network and the Library Youth Services Network.

The Library Tech Network exists to facilitate networking among library staff and supporters involved in using technology - at any level of expertise - as a part of their responsibilities.

In addition to having its own website and an annual conference, each SIG will hold periodic meetings for networking and discussion of business. Some meetings will take place online via chat. Meetings will be called and conducted by District 7 officers.

Each SIG website will serve as a gateway to information about the annual conference, additional SIG-specific resources and an email discussion list where members can network. Archives of the discussion list will be available online. Other features will be added in the future to support the online environment for peer networking.

Future plans for the SIG websites include extended features for online peer networking, such as online chats, blogs, wikis, and other Web 2.0 innovations. As each SIG website is enhanced and the other SIGs come online, members also will be able to maintain online profiles and contact lists.

To join the email discussion list for this SIG, visit the Library Tech Network, click on "discussion" and follow the directions. Please be sure to read everything on that page before participating in online discussions in order to keep from unintentionally sending out unwanted messages to your peers.

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