Stephanie Gerding

Stephanie's second book, The Accidental Technology Trainer, was published by Information Today. 

If you are an Accidental Library Technology Trainer – Congratulations and welcome to a large and growing group!

This book is for the many librarians who find themselves responsible for conducting technology training, whether in a computer lab, a classroom or just one-on-one with the public. Its purpose is to provide reassurance by conveying practical methods for training success. Many new librarians are surprised to find that training is a large part of their jobs despite the fact that they may not have been taught training skills in library school. Training may seem like a huge mystery, but with the help of this book, readers will be able to train more effectively, need less time for preparation and have successful training experiences in their libraries.

The Accidental Library Technology Trainer provides the tools and instruction you need along with advice from library training experts who have much wisdom to share.

Download these sections from the book: 
Table of Contents;
Chapter One; 
About the Author;
Also, Chapter 11 links are available on the 
Library Resources page.

1. Being an Accidental Technology Trainer
2. Discovering Training Principles
3. Identifying Library Technology Training Skills
4. Knowing Your Library Learners 
5. Learning Interactively 
6. Creating & Maintaining Interest 
7. Planning Technology Training 
8. Organizing and Designing the Workshop
9. Dealing with Difficult Library Training Situations
10. Examining Best Practices in Library Technology Training
11. Keeping Current and Sharing Resources


“Offers insights into training successfully in any kind of library setting. … Do yourself a favor and dive right in.” Joan Frye Williams, Library & Information Technology Consultant

“Should be required reading for all librarians in public, special, and post-secondary libraries who interact with adults in training, teaching, coaching, and supervisory situations. ... What a pleasure to have a thoroughly intelligent, readable, and enjoyable book for professional development!” Mary Bushing, Library Consultant and Educator

“Librarians have become navigators on the sea of the Internet, and The Accidental Technology Trainer is a tool as useful as a compass! This book will strengthen those professional training skills that are essential for successful 21st-century librarians.” Susan Hildreth, former State Librarian of California, IMLS Director

"If you are falling into the role of library technology trainer, this book is your safety net, with tips, techniques, and strategies for success." Mary Bucher Ross, training consultant, former manager of staff development at the Seattle Public Library

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