Library and IT Services collaboration brings technology-related programs to TECHB@R
The University of Chicago Library and IT Services are partnering to present new, technology-related training programs for the UChicago community at the IT Services TECHB@R in the Regenstein Library. Because IT Services and the Library both provide training and support on information technology resources, it can be challenging for many of our users to identify which unit to turn to for help with specific tools. This collaborative nature of the TECHB@R breaks down such barriers, providing faculty, students, and staff seamless access to the training and assistance they need.
During Spring Quarter, the TECHB@R will host a wide range of programs, which are free and open to the entire University community. Some sample topics include Google Sketch-up, wikis, citation managers (such as Zotero and EndNote), Firefox Add-ons, and the ever popular “Chalk Days,” as well as its other training programs for instructors and students alike.
A new monthly series, entitled “Tech Treats,” offers a more casual learning experience. Individuals can drop by the TECHB@R to enjoy refreshments and learn about new technology tools. Scheduled for Spring Quarter are programs on presentation software (such as PowerPoint, Keynote, Impress and PrezI) and online technology training tools (such as Lynda.com, the IT Services Knowledge Base, and Safari Tech Books online). Last quarter, librarians presented a “Tech Treats” program on the news databases Factiva and LexisNexis Academic and featured a demonstration of different news apps for the iPad.
In addition to presentations and classes, the TECHB@R hosts various “Ask the Expert” office hours. Librarians, training specialists, and Chalk support technologists offer in-depth, individual assistance using a variety of software products and systems including Chalk, Microsoft and Adobe software, citation managers, as well as other tools like WebShare and the campus wiki. The “Ask the Expert” service compliments the drop-in tech support services already offered at the TECHB@R during its regular hours and is available to all faculty, students, and staff.
The TECHB@R training spaces in Room 160 (located behind the TECHB@R counter) are appropriate for a wide variety of programs and teaching styles. These include a configurable conference-style area, a small-group training/consultation space, and small tables for one-on-one assistance. The TECHB@R’s equipment lending program provides presenters and attendees access to laptops and iPads for a hands-on learning experience.
To learn more about the TECHB@R and see a complete schedule of events for Spring Quarter, visit: itservices.uchicago.edu/techbar. We welcome your comments regarding our programs and services.
Rebecca Starkey is Librarian for College Instruction and Outreach. Jason Edelstein is Senior Support Services Specialist.