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Barry Davis and I recently volunteered to give presentations on “New Technologies” at three North Carolina Library Association “Fabulous Fridays” programs for public library staff. These programs were held in Asheville, Winston Salem and Wilmington, giving NCLA members from all across the state the opportunity to attend.

Barry led the sessions in Asheville and Winston Salem and I led the sessions in Wilmington. Each “Fabulous Friday” included sessions New Technologies, Reader’s Advisory, Safety and Security and Teen Services. The keynote speaker for the program in Wilmington was Jane Bozarth, a trainer and coach. Her keynote, entitled “TGIM:Enjoy Your Life, Enjoy Your Job” really got the crowd motivated to learn from the rest of the sessions.

Barry and I led discussions on “New Technologies” and brought an iPad, Kindle, Sony e-reader, iPod Touch and an Audience Response System (clickers) in order to give the participants some hands-on experience with this equipment! We also discussed issues around e-books, new technologies like Near Field Communications (NFC). We had a great time giving the presentations, and the participants seemed to like our sessions