Frequently Asked Questions

Have some questions? We have answers!

  • How will it work?
    Each week for the next 10 weeks, from September 10 – November 16, 2012 we’ll post a new lesson here on this blog. Each lesson will cover a different topic and will include:

    • An introduction to the topic & tools
    • Examples of how those tools are being used in libraries
    • Basic directions on how to use one or more of the tools
    • A short exercise to complete.
  • What do I need to get started?
    A sense of curiosity, an interest in learning and an email address.
  • Where do I sign up?
    Sign up on through the MHLS Online Calendar http://calendar.midhudson.org/ by September 4, 2012. You may not register after the program has started.
  • How do I show that I’ve completed an exercise?
    After you’ve explored the tools for that week and completed the exercise, you’ll write a brief entry on your own learning journal about what you learned. (We’ll cover creating a learning journal in Week 1!) And that’s it! Complete all “10 Things” and you’ll receive a certificate for 20 contact hours and be entered into a drawing at the end for some great prizes. Stay tuned for more information about that.
  • How much do I have to write in my learning journal posts?
    Each learning journal post must describe the activities you have completed each week. You will title your post for each week with something like this: Thing 5: Photo Sharing. Describe what your experience was learning about the topic (easy, hard, impossible!), ideas about how you can use this in your library or in other areas, and any other comments, tips, ideas that you want to share. While we don’t expect a dissertation on every topic, we do expect thoughtful reflection and active participation that is clear in the post.
  • Can I participate anonymously?
    Absolutely! Since you can control all the information that you share on your learning journal and you can choose to use a screen-name that does not reveal your identity to the public, only the moderators will know your identity so we can track your participation.
  • How much time will it take?
    This depends on how much you want to do. We estimate that you’ll need 2 or 3 hours for each weekly lesson.  Completion time will also depend on your previous online experience and your interest in the particular tools featured.  All of these modules will be self-paced and can be completed in increments so your work time can be spread throughout the week.
  • What if I need help? Who can I call?
    There will be lots of ways to get help! First, check to see if any of your friends and colleagues are participating and can help you out. This is a great way to develop a “personal learning network” that will last well beyond this program. Reading other participants’ journals can be a great source of help too. You can also post questions in this site’s comments area, each weekly lesson post will have an area at the bottom of the page where you can ask your questions. That way we can all try to help each other by sharing our questions and solutions.
  • What about continuing education credits?
    If you complete all the lessons you’ll receive a certificate for 20 contact hours. Complete a minimum of 5 of the activities (Thing 1 & your choice of 4 others) for 10 contact hours.
  • Have other questions?
    Post a comment below and we’ll try to answer it! If you have a private question, please email Rebekkah [rsmith@midhudson.org] or Kerstin [kcruger@midhudson.org]

1 Response to Frequently Asked Questions

  1. lisa hughes says:

    My STORED library patron pin is not working on my tablet on Overdrive. I cannot order a new ebook because whenever I try to re-enter the pin it says patron pin not valid and it wont accept the stored pin either. Can I change the pin online? Can you email it to me? thank you. (ps. I have saved the Grinnell Library, and validated my email etc for my Overdrive acct. as required. )

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